Thoughts and feelings about the world…

Friday has arrived yet again, and I’m doing something a little different this week. To start off, this is my fifth post for the 2011 post weekly, so I’m excited about that. Second thing, I am reading Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult, but I haven’t finished it yet. I couldn’t find another book to review, so I thought of this idiom:

Don’t A Judge A Book By Its Cover

People always say not to judge a book by its cover but many people I know do. I usually judge a book based on its back cover, because that’s where the summary is. People (especially teenagers) judge a book on the cover. Teachers do this, too, but in a sneaky sort of way. I have the perfect example of this.

Every day at school, I have a new book with me, most of which I’ve reviewed on this blog. Anyway, yesterday I had Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult with me, and I got to class a little early, so I started reading. My teacher asked what I was reading, and I showed him the cover. After reading the summary, my teacher said he wished more people read good literature rather than junk. The “junk” my teacher was referring to are comic books.

The point I’m trying to make is that everyone knows you should at least read a book (or magazine, or whatever) before making an opinion, but this rarely happens. And I’ll admit that some covers and summaries can make a person want to read or book or run away from it. I have an example of this.

When I first saw the cover for Kiss & Blog, I was skeptical about reading it. But after I read the summary (which I admit, is judging), I decided to give it a go. The reason the cover made me skeptical was because of the pink, and I’m not a pink person. After the reading that summary, though, I read it and now it’s one of my fave books.

So I guess there’s a lot of truth to this idiom. People do judge books without reading them? Is it fair? No. Should people make judgments based solely on covers? Absolutely not. Do we? Definitely.

People judge a book based on its cover because the cover is the first part of a book a person sees. Nobody wants to read a book with a boring cover. Intriguing covers have color, interesting designs, or both. The colorful books are the ones most people are going to get curious about, and they’ll be picked up the most.

So I hope you liked my little idiom discussion. This was a new idea that came to me the other day. If you like it, I’ll do more idioms. I’ll update on the twenty-fifth.


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Comments on: "Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover" (4)

  1. Hmmmm… yes,we do judge by a cover ‘cos the cover should give you a sense of the tone, style and even theme – remember those Mills & Boons books – u knew what they were about at a glance. So, I like to think that I can judge whether a book is a masculine/feminine or light/heavy read by looking at the cover – but just to make sure, I close my eyes and open the book to a random page and read … if it grabs me, I’m in…irrespective of what the critics or the back cover says….but you don’t have the privelege of doing this on Amazon.com which is what I’m blogging about next – its meant to be a business blog but I don’t care ‘cos I would hate a whole generation to grow up without knowing the smell of a store full of books.

  2. I am definitely guilty of this…when it comes to actual books only, of course (well, and movies too, I guess). I usually only pick up a book and read the summary if the title and/or cover catch my attention…unless I’ve heard about the book from others and am looking for it specifically. Perhaps I’m missing some good reads. Food for thought.

  3. Sorry … another thot… do u think anyone has ever done a survey on the most memorable/beautiful book covers of all time?

    My thots would be Nancy Drew (really, who can forget it – if u read it), Anna Karenina and Memoirs of a Geisha – maybe.

  4. This is an excellent post, very well written!

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