Let’s be honest – we all judge a book by its cover. We try not to but, as with people, first impressions matter and certain “types” of books tend to have a similar style of covers, so it’s hard not to judge. I’m not going to include any example photos because I don’t want to call out any books and offend someone, but I’m sure you can picture a few from each category. So, here are 8 types of covers that will turn me off:
Passionate embraces on the cover. This includes anything with Fabio on it. I’m not a romance fan and if the cover features an embracing couple, it probably has too much lovey-dovey in it for me.
A solo photo of a dog on it. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs. Love them. But I don’t particularly care for books that are only about dogs unless it’s one about my own, and because I haven’t written a book about them (yet), I’m going to assume it is not.
Guns. I’m not a fan of crime thrillers so a giant gun on the cover is not going to do it for me.
“Fashion” items. This includes coat hangers, dresses, and shoes resting on each other. These tend to be a little lighter than I prefer, so while I won’t pick it up on my own, I will consider it if it is recommended by a trusted friend.Judging a book by its cover: What turns you off? Click To Tweet
Animal print. Confession: I’ve read my fair share of Jackie Collins novels and I enjoyed them. That said, I’m over it and animal print instantly reminds me of Ms. Collins, so I just can’t do it.
Eyeballs. Eyeballs freak me out, which means I’m not likely to pick one of these up simply because the cover will give me the shivers.
Zombies. I don’t like zombies. I don’t like zombies books. I don’t understand the fuss. So, a zombie is a surefire way to make me NOT pick up a book. Which is fine, because I wouldn’t be able to give it a fair shake, anyway.
Vampires. Same goes for vampires, but I’m a little less picky about them if it’s recommended. Like Twilight.