I’m often drawn to books by their lovely or dramatic or emotional cover artwork. I’m not always delighted with what’s inside, but a junky cover almost guarantees I won’t even look. This cover really appealed to me. It’s got the woman in a gorgeous dress that I can’t resist with historical novels, but it also begs me to find out why the bride has her fingers crossed. (I did find out–you should, too!)
I realized it’s much the same for me with wine labels. I really like elegant labels with flourishes and simpler designs. A jokey label stops me cold every time. Of course, if the wine isn’t good, I won’t buy that bottle with the lovely label again, but at least the design got me to try it.
I like to daydream about the covers of my books. A pond with a woman brushing her fingers across the surface. A man in the foreground watching a woman in a perfect, pink dress, dishing up beans and cornbread. A laughing redhead in waders casting a fly rod. I could do this all day!
Q4U- What attracts you to book covers and labels? Ever decide NOT to read a book based on its cover?