Thursday, April 22, 2010

Judging a book by the cover?

Girl in her 20s comes to the desk to ask for Le Divorce by Diane Johnson. I show her the book, and the cover is like the first image to the left. She isn't happy with it, because it wasn't the cover she had seen in the catalog with the "movie tie-in" seen below. She said she doesn't want to read the book if it has a cover like the illustrated one.

6 comments:

shushie said...

I've had this similar complaint before and I don't get it either. I do enjoy looking at book covers, but it's weird to want one over the other when it's the same book -- how much time does one spend looking at the cover? I once had a patron turn down an in branch copy of the original cover "Girl Interrupted" so they could wait for the "Angelina Jolie version."

jentwo said...

Heh. I'm the opposite. I don't care what cover is on a library book, but if it's something I'm buying, I usually want the original cover or the NON-movie tie-in one.

Anonymous said...

You should see how the elementary school kids will choose carefully among the different versions of a paperback! "No," they will tell me, "I want THAT Coraline. It's shorter." And many dislike it when the cover in the catalog doesn't match the cover on the shelf. I figured they'd get over it by adulthood, though!

Anonymous said...

I'm with jentwo. If there are multiple covers I may go out of my way to find a copy with the one I like if I'm buying a book. If I'm checking it out from the library, not so much.

Will Errickson said...

Funny, I'm just the opposite: horrified that someone might see my copy of Talented Mr. Ripley with Matt Damon's face on it.

Gwan said...

Totally, I wouldn't buy a classic book with a film cover out of the snobbish desire to not have people think I bought it just because of a film.