Saturday, September 4, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

As I am new to this blog thing and have never participated in any of these inter-blogging activities, I am not sure exactly how this works, but I am going to give it a try! (Mostly because I liked the question in the Book Blogger Hop that I saw on another blog)

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books. 

Book Blogger Hop 

This week's question is: Do you judge a book by its cover?

My answer:  
It’s hard not to, as it’s the first thing we see. The book cover is the publishing house’s greatest marketing tool, as it is the most visual, and therefore often the most memorable part of a book. It’s interesting to compare book covers for the same book in different countries. Sometimes I like the US cover better, sometimes not, and the variance in covers can make the character of the book seem so different. If I was in another country and saw a different cover on a book that I had been attracted to with the US cover, I may have the opposite reaction and never read it. In fact, this happened to me when I was living in Scotland. My reaction to the US and UK covers of a certain book was very different.  So yes, the cover matters immensely, which is a shame, because the author seldom has any say in what his or her book ultimately looks like.

7 comments:

  1. Hi I am visiting from the HOP! Your reviews are very thorough. I guess I had no idea the fantasy genre (is that what you would call it?) was so widespread.

    I hope you will have a chance to visit one or both of my blogs: LibrarysCat and Never Forget !!

    Have a great weekend!

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  2. Just popping in via the hop to say hi and welcome! It looks like your a fan of YA like me, so I'm glad to be a new follower of yours. I agree completely with your answer, and I sometimes feel bad for the the authors since they don't have a lot of say in the part of the book that attracts the most initial attention. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  3. Hiya...I'm new to the blog hop as well....still getting used to it all myself!
    I really like your answer to this weeks question. I find it strange how one book can have such different covers, and like you said the author gets little input. Its a major part of the book itself, and personally I would want to make sure i had a kick ass cover on a book i wrote. Anyway, have a lovely weekend!

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  4. Welcome to the hop! Looks like you review some good books here :)

    Danya
    A Tapestry of Words

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  5. Found you through the Hop! Cute blog. I really like your review for the follow up to Wicked Lovely. I also didn't think the sequels were as promising as the first.

    Have a good weekend!

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  6. Found you through the hop, I'm a new follower :)

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  7. Cute blog! I look forward to your many reviews and if you have them: GIVEAWAYS! :D

    Stopping by from the hop. If you care to follow me back then I would greatly appreciate it.

    Ashley's Bookshelf

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  • Eighth Grade Bites, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
  • Evermore by Alyson Noel
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  • Magyk, Book One of the Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage
  • The Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud