As an avid reader, I´m always on the lookout for new books to read. From romance to horror to fantasy to the good old cookbooks… There´s an endless supply of books that often call my name.
Books are the Pied Piper for me. They lure me in with their smell, their covers and the promise of entertainment. Thankfully, books only have the power to ruin me financially instead of trying to drown me in a nearby body of water.
But not all books have that kind of power. There are many books who call to me in a negative way. Like these did the other day in the bookshop:
Pillow Talk is more about love and life and The Princess Saves Herself In This One is emotionally charged. I´d even say a little angry. But hey, I´m not going to be judging the poems today. Today I would like to talk about the laziness of these loveless covers.
My respect goes out to the designers who chose these lifeless color combinations. Very bold choices for a genre as deep and emotional as poetry.
Let´s break down this whole cover & content issue
Poetry belongs to one of the four main genres for literature ( with drama, fiction, and non-fiction being the other three ). It´s sort of a wordplay ( for lack of better term ) where poets use words as a voice channel to express their feelings. Think of poems as indirect messages from a person who has a blooming imagination and the ability to use words as tools. There are people who love poetry and people who´d rather scratch their eyes out before getting near a poem.
I´m just going to say this without feeling an ounce of shame: I don´t always understand poetry. Hence the reason why I don´t enjoy the genre as much as others do. But I will appreciate a nice cover package for a poetry collection.
Which brings me back to the lifeless things on that bookshelf.
Gloomy and bland.
Black. Black is and always will be apart of my general style. But… No. I´m against black this time.
I don´t have these two on my bookshelf but I did borrow them from a friend shortly after publication. I see what was done here with the covers. The marketing strategy isn´t all too complicated. Poetry is art. The art in these books is not completely uplifting or positive in the traditional sense. The cover art ( and/or lack of ) mirrors the emotions these books hold. Also, the titles wouldn´t be the main focus with an image. They wouldn´t be as powerful as they are with color/designs/objects. The jellyfish image, I find ridiculously misplaced. What a waste of image. The other cover is too simple and looks like it was made by someone who was too tired to think.
Do I think more could have been done with the book covers? Absolutely. The phrase `Less is more` has clearly been misinterpreted. Less doesn´t mean non-existent, devoid of everything except a boring font ( that´s also in white ). My textbooks from uni had more spark to them and they were also full of meaningful words.
Would I buy these books based on their covers? No. If you ask me- Marketing failed miserably with these. Unless I´m dying to get my hands on poetry I don´t see myself wanting to add these to my book collection.
There will always be people who´ll appreciate this cover style. Simple. Monotonous. Extreme minimalistic. Expressionless.
But wouldn´t it be nice to be able to have one positive thing to say about a cover instead of having nothing to say at all? Poetry or not – An effort could have been made. Especially in the name of art.
What are your thoughts on these covers? Do they speak to you? Have you read these poetry bundles? Let me know in the comments below so we can chat book covers. ❤
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.