Not trying to rehash the debate on the effectiveness of covers. I’d just like to make a statement about them. Obviously, covers are what attracts the reader’s eye. More or less, the cover is what makes a first impression to the consumer. Covers give you some sense of what the story is about without having read one word. In all honesty, I couldn’t tell you when was the last time I bought book solely on a cover but it has happened.
All I ask, as a consumer, is that the content of the book match the cover. There is controversy going on right now where a YA novel had the face of white girl on the cover but the character is actually black. It is as someone else pointed out, not an isolated incident.
How many times have we voiced our objections to characters whose features don’t match the cover model? Red hair when it’s actually brunette? In this case with Liar, the character is a different race altogether. It’s been stated that resultant cover was a marketing decision. Heh. Says a lot if it that is the case here but I am not going to delve into that on this blog.
That title seems ironic, doesn’t it? Anyway, to share my opinion on this situation, I find that the publisher was in the wrong doing what they did in deceiving the consumer. For me, it’s straight up false advertising. However, after saying all of that, looks like the publisher is really pushing her book as I see Vine reviews are already up with an average four star rating.
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