You know that old cliche - "Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover". It started out rather literally, back when books just had a title on the outside. So you really couldn't glean much about the contents by the cover, and so people felt the need to instruct others to look past the cover. However, nowadays with all the rather extravagant book covers, it is hard not to judge a book based on it's cover. I mean really isn't that what first draws you in. Imagine this scenario - you are walking down the aisles of the book store and an end cap is covered with several books that are "suggested" if you like that genre. Don't you pick up the one that appeals to your eyes the most? I am so totally guilty of this! Or how about this scenario - you are browsing on Amazon or PaperbackSwap and all you can see is book cover after book cover. What makes you click the third one over the thirty-third one? If I am way off base on this one, please someone enlighten me. I guess my real question is "How much does Cover Art influence your interest in a title?" Personally, I think it can have positive and negative effects. I used to be categorically against any book that showed a man and woman in a "lover's embrace" on the cover, but since I started reading JR Ward and Larissa Ione, I had to get over it. I also used to avoid any books with "cartoon" like covers - but hello - Sookie Stackhouse series!? So although I do still get drawn to a book based on the appeal of the cover art, I have broadened my horizons, so to speak, and do not just pass over a book that doesn't grab me right off, especially if it was suggested to me.
Another topic when it comes to cover art is, re-releases. With so many books becoming movies and television shows, there has been a huge insurgence of re-releases. And almost all of them will have "movie stills" as the cover art. How do you feel about this? For example, I have heard of lost of "hardcore" twilight fans buying second copies of the series so they can have the originals and the new movie poster ones. I can't seem to understand this at all but do you? Explain it to me, please!