“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover” is a semi-regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.
I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!
For the eleventh edition of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I’ve decided to take a look at the covers of the Liteary Fiction genre. What is Literary Fiction, you ask? Good question! A term that was originally coined in the 1960’s, ‘Literary Fiction’ ordinary denotes works that could be considered more serious, scholarly, or acclaimed than their other fictional counterparts. That said, this is a relatively broad, wide-ranging term that’s open to interpretation and can mean different things to different readers. Simply interpret it as ‘adult’ fiction, if you will! In any event, I knew that I wanted to highlight this genre at some point, although I must admit it was quite the Herculean task. While there were some covers I fell head-over-heels for, like A Million Heavens by John Brandon and Idiopathy by Sam Byers, I never expected to struggle with this week’s theme as much as I did. That said, I’m quite happy with the selection I eventually settled on and I can only hope you’ll enjoy them, too!
Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite literary fiction covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!