I’m a person who feels that book covers are important. It’s the first thing you see, and more often than not, it pulls me in to check out the book. Many people say that covers don’t matter, but book covers make a big impression on me and engage me. Not only that, covers are art, and artists put time into creating aesthetics that have the power to bring a book to life. They fuss over title placement, graphics, and colors—everything that will make their cover a perfect fit and unique to their book.
This brings to mind something that’s been bugging me lately, and that’s the addition of an emblem on certain YA books: Reese’s YA Book Club. What is it that irritates me so much about these emblems?
- They’re permanent: you can’t remove them because they’ve been printed on the cover.
- They’re a huge eyesore and ruin the beautiful art of the cover.
- Because these are getting printed on a large number of books, it takes away from the uniqueness of the book art.
I purchased Fable and Namesake by Adrienne Young for my collection because I loved the duology so much. Seriously, these covers are stunning! After receiving my copies in the mail, here’s what I noticed: a white and yellow circle on Fable’s hair.
This is obviously a personal taste, but am I the only one who has issues with this? Yes, I do have OCD about certain things, especially stickers, but I just don’t see why the publishing companies aren’t thinking about the negative aspects of plastering this on a large number of books. Nothing against Reese here—I think her book club is wonderful. I also understand why they’re doing this from a marketing standpoint, but seeing this emblem on the front cover—which tells the reader its ‘picked by Reese’—is certainly not going to make me want to buy it. In fact, it’s a book I’ll likely pass up and get from the library instead because the beautiful artwork on the cover has been tainted. Netflix emblems sometimes bother me too, but they don’t seem to pop up as often.
With certain book covers it does seem acceptable and doesn’t bother me as much. The truth is, I simply don’t feel excited to display a bunch of these books on my shelves. It would be better, in my opinion, if they just made this into a removable sticker. Barnes and Noble does this with their discount stickers, and they easily peel right off with zero damage.
What do you think? Do emblems on book covers bother you? Could the emblems actually be scaring readers away from purchasing the books verses actually grabbing their attention?