Let me ask you this:
Do you like models on book covers?
Half of the book covers these days have models; the other half has everything else except real people. Recently, I’ve noticed a few growing trends in books. The first trend is a teenage (or I hope a teenage) girl in a dress with her back turned; the second trend is a person (male or female) that only has a part of his/her face showing.
At first, I didn’t mind models being on book covers. A lot of covers look really cool or really different with real faces.
Then I thought about cover models more and decided that I didn’t like them as much as I had thought. And here are the reasons:
- Most of the cover models are attractive. I’m not saying that there aren’t books with average-looking models; I’m just saying the majority of models are really pretty or really handsome.
- A lot of the cover models are also skinny. Are all people skinny? Are all characters skinny? The answer to both of those questions is no.
- Models look older/younger than the character is supposed to be. I’ve seen some covers that have mid-twenty models that obviously look like they are in their mid-twenties when the characters they are representing are only sixteen.
- Sometimes the person on the cover doesn’t resemble the way the character is described. If a girl has brown hair, the cover model should too.
- As a reader, I think imagining characters and making them come alive in my brain is a part of the experience of reading a story. A book is open for the reader’s interpretation. Once I see the cover model, I end up picturing that character as the model on the front. I enjoy picturing the character the way I want to see him/her and a cover model ruins that for me.
Despite the words you just read, I still enjoy having models on covers. There are some covers that I think publishers planned really well. In general, I prefer the model’s face so the characters face isn’t tainted for me.
What do you guys think? Do you agree with me? Disagree with me? Leave your thoughts below!