We’re starting a new feature here on Chapter Break called Chat About Covers. ‘Cause you know we all judge books by covers, whether we admit it or not. We judge the style, the color and font choices, and just the overall look. That might not keep us from reading the book, but we do still judge.
So let’s kick this off with one cover that has creeped me out for a while.
Wallbanger is a book I just can’t stand to look at for one specific reason: It looks like the man has legs for arms. OMG don’t tell me you don’t see it! The way the two characters are positioned, it looks like Mr. Black Jacket man has arms that end in legs wearing heels. That right there is a creepy look. It also shows that the photographer didn’t pay attention to the alignment and didn’t edit the photoshoot well. It also shows the people responsible for selecting the cover didn’t pay attention to the overall look of their cover before stamping it official.
There are other things I don’t like about this cover. There is too much white in the background, and the girl wearing a white dress and laying down is pretty much invisible. Then there’s the fact that she is pretty much invisible except for her legs and hands, just kind of feels weird. And I don’t like the way the dude is standing.
Is there anything I do like? Well, I like the purple font selection.
Julie’s right on all points. Though, I probably would never have noticed the legs for arms thing, I can’t unsee it now. Especially with the shoes.
There isn’t much else that appeals to me with this book, either. The title and the position of the cover models does absolutely nothing for me. I’d like to think I’m not a prude, but I really am not into the provocative posing. Or really, this is more blatant than provocative. And maybe that’s my problem with the pose. I prefer some subtlety in my book covers.
I think of the title is a poor choice as well. Even without reading the synopsis, it’s a read turn off for me. All I see is Wall-Bang-Her. Probably as a result of the picture.
And I agree with Julie on the purple font selection!
What are your thoughts on this cover?