Today's prompt is: Top Ten Books That Were Deceiving To keep this on-par with my 'I'-themed post, I give you:
TOP TEN ILL-SUITED or ILL-JUDGED COVERS
By ILL-SUITED I mean book covers saying one thing, but you end up getting something else, or it just doesn't have anything to do with what's in the story. Like the book version of false-advertising, where a cover seems as though it was mistakenly slapped on the wrong book.
Now this doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy these books, because in most cases (put a whole lot less tactfully→ all with the exception of one) I really liked them despite their slightly misleading covers.
1. Past Perfect by Leila Sales
There is nothing about this book cover that matches the pages underneath. Nothing. Well, unless you count the teen girl on the front. But that's where the similarities end. This book is about a girl who works at a Colonial Reenactment Village. Say what? No grass green pleather jackets there.
2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Let me preface this by saying that I love this cover (and all of the other photos in the series Abyss of the Disheartened by Heather Landis found HERE), but it really has nothing to do with the story at all. It's just a really pretty cover, and that's where it ends. I should also probably mention that I feel like this story kind of morphed from one genre into another. More than a little surprising to me.
3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Pretty well everything about his cover screams Historical Fiction, don't you think? From the creepy black & white dude in the top hat and puffy shirt to the sleeping girl in the lacy vintage dress... If you were to guess that you'd be wrong. There are historical elements in the story, but the bulk isn't.
4. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
I suppose the type of tulip does look a bit like it's dipped in blood, and that petal dropping kind of looks like a drop of blood. Which works with the whole vampire stuff if you completely ignore the fact that the vamps in question are largely absent from this book. Either way, even the author has no idea what the supposed connection is between the tulip on the cover and the contents of her book.
5. Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Someone please tell me what the significance of this title and this cover is to this modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Because I'd really like to know. On p. 4 of the book, the MC says the words "epic fail" in passing, but it has no bearing on the rest of the story at all. It would be like entitling your book "The" because the word is in your book at least once. The cover doesn't go either.
6. The Diamond of Drury Lane (and the entire Cat Royal series) by Julia Golding
I picked up this book about six years ago when it had the cover on the right. You can't tell from this pic, but the title is in a shimmery red font. It's also a little chubby hardback with no jacket, which I loved. I enjoyed this MG book enough to buy the next four in the series, and all of them at that time had these really fun covers. Fastforward a few years and the publishers decided to slap the cover on the left on them. Much less fun, and much less fitting. The thing that doesn't work is that they used the same cover model for all six books, despite the fact that Cat ages to her mid-teens by Book 6. So now I have five with the original covers and my copy of Book 6 is a bigger, softback with no spirit.
By ILL-JUDGED I mean that the fault is all mine. Mea culpa. I initially saw the cover, and I was either underwhelmed or I just misunderstood what the book was about (didn't read the flap closely).
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
I know, I know. I'm a tool. I picked this book up time and time again, and read the book flap just as many times, and still didn't get sucked in. It wasn't until my sister read it and told me that I needed to read it as well that I finally bought it. Something about the cover just wasn't grabbing me. Now that I've read HG several times, I think that the cover couldn't be more fitting. Love the mockingjay.
8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This book is a cover and title two-for-one. Nothing about the cover (at the time) pulled me in, and the title was a little off-putting, I have to confess. It's a double entendre obviously, but still. Talk about wrongly judging a book by its cover. This wonderful book is one of my all-time favourites. ♥
9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Everything about this cover prevented me from picking it up and actually reading it. It screamed 'way too young for you!' to me (despite the fact that I now read mostly YA), and I wasn't crazy about the cover art. Yet again, my sister told me it was a must-read, and the rest, as they say, is history. Could I be more of an idiot? ←make sure you read that part in Chandler Bing's voice, OK?
10. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
There is nothing appealing about this cover. Zero. Zilch. Nada. It's ugly and out-dated and almost too sci fi for potential readers. There have since been new covers slapped on this book, but this is a prime example of the maxim "Don't judge a book by its cover". Oh, it's sci fi all right, but totally awesome and completely accessible. And all of the characters' names aren't weird or begin with 'Z'.
With all of the discussion around YA book covers--in particular, too many pics of teen girls (mostly white) in flouncy ball gowns--on one thing I think we can all agree → The aforementioned maxim still holds true: Don't judge a book by its cover. If you do, you'll likely fall into either trap: a) not loving the book because it wasn't what you were expecting, or b) putting off reading it because the cover didn't appeal to you and then missing out on a truly fantastic read. Both scenarios suck pants.
Can you think of book covers that were either ILL-SUITED choices or ILL-JUDGED by you?