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Post Reply EDo you judge a book by its cover or plot?
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Posted 1/24/17
Neither. The author.
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Posted 1/24/17
The cover is actually the very last thing about a book I care about. Content definitely comes first. Unless it's a manga/comic book, then art and story both matter equally.
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Posted 1/24/17
yeah honestly im too impatient
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Of course it's the plot that draws me in more. But, I will admit, a cover has influenced me at least once or twice to read the plot.
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Initially a cover may draw me to a book. What I find most interesting about a book's cover is the title. I'm not really bothered about the pictures since trends can come and go. Sometimes what's on the cover doesn't really describe what's in the book or even the main protagonist accurately. The cover could be totally blank with just the title in small print. Then I may check to see what the book is about including checking the beginning of the book to see what writing style is used. Only then will I choose to read a book or not.
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Posted 1/24/17
I don't think I would ever decide to read a book based solely on its cover. The cover is almost entirely divorced from the content. It makes more sense to evaluate a work of fiction by its plot, but I'm no longer sure things like "plot", "style", or "theme" can be separated from each other.

Now, the cover does affect how happy I am with a book. I definitely chose which copy of Siddhartha to buy at the bookstore based on which had the better cover art. Unfortunately they were all bad, and I bought the copy that was the smallest.

Also, if you want to be a writer, you should never make painful mistakes like confusing it's and its.
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I find it extremely difficult to predict what books are good so I usually "judge" books based on critical reception more than anything. In fact, I usually try to stay away from the plot summaries as much as possible.
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Posted 1/24/17
i generally try and see if the book has the section on/in the cover that gives the basic plot of the story before buying it otherwise no i don't at least when it comes to novels since thier are some novels with pretty plain covers that are good.
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Posted 1/24/17
Judge might not be the right word for it, but it does make me at least interested enough to pick up the book and read it.
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Posted 1/24/17
both inside and outside is important
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Posted 1/25/17
I tend to rely on the cover to decide if a book is "the kind of book I would enjoy." but not whether the book is inherently well written or not. Does that make any sense?
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I judge the book if it has anything like people holding hands or really bright colors, I always stay away from books like that. I stopped reading books though.
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If they dress like Barbarian, they must be Barbarian!
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Posted 1/25/17
Hmm most of the time I check the author if not the cover sometimes plays a part for me to pick up the book and read the summary before ultimately deciding whether or not to read it.
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Posted 3/15/17
Both. If the cover is pretty, I'm most likely to pick it up and read the summary/description.
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