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Questions for the group mind [Mar. 23rd, 2009|02:31 pm]
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Note: these are time-limited questions, answers due by 8 am CDT.   (After that, they won’t have any force.)   Note also:  answers may not have any effect, even if I kick them upstairs on time.   If you choose to answer, please answer at least the first two questions.

1) What is the thing you’d MOST like to see on the cover of the new book?

Choose from a) scene, b) face of character, c) symbolic object, d) other.

2) What is the thing you’d LEAST like to see on the cover of the new book?

Choose from a) scene, b) face of character, c) symbolic object, d) other.

3) Name three books whose covers attracted you.

4) Name three books whose covers repelled you.

5) What colors on book covers attract you?  (limit of three)

6) What colors on book covers repel you?  (limit of three)

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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2009-03-23 08:44 pm (UTC)
1) What is the thing you’d MOST like to see on the cover of the new book?
a) scene (b was a close second)

2) What is the thing you’d LEAST like to see on the cover of the new book?
d) other.

3) Name three books whose covers attracted you.
By The Sword - Mercedes Lackey
Sword and Sorceress X - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Number the Stars - Lois Lowry


4) Name three books whose covers repelled you.
can't think of any

5) What colors on book covers attract you? (limit of three)
Gold, blue, green

6) What colors on book covers repel you? (limit of three)
pink, orange, mustard yellow
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[User Picture]From: freyaw
2009-03-23 11:21 pm (UTC)
My copy of 'By The Sword' attracted me... Except for Kerowyn's armour, which hit my 'impractical' point. Whether or not it IS impractical, it LOOKS like it isn't (where's the padding underneath to help distribute the weight? And why does it stop at her belt? And what's with the spiky shoulderpads?) to my brain, which jars me.
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From: otterb
2009-03-23 08:54 pm (UTC)
Most like to see: a) scene
Least like to see: b) face of character, at least if that means closeup

Three books whose covers attracted me: Virtu by Sarah Monette, The Sharing Knife: Horizon by Bujold (or really any of the Sharing Knife books, or the Curse of Chalion), Armed & Magical by Lisa Shearin

Three books whose covers repelled me ... the ones I can think of repelled me because they promised kinds of stories I don't like. If they repelled me and I would have liked the book, I don't know it.

Colors that attract me: blues, greens, browns
Colors that repel me: hot pink, fuschia
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[User Picture]From: ellenmillion
2009-03-23 09:11 pm (UTC)
1) a) Scene!
2) c) symbolic object

3) Jody Lee's covers, Thomas Canty's, or Matt Stawicki's.

4) Photomanipulations, figures with their heads cut off, or generic crown/knife/bloody rose.

5) Gold, blue, maroon
6) Anything florescent, olive green, orange
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[User Picture]From: jryson
2009-03-23 09:32 pm (UTC)

1) What is the thing you’d MOST like to see on the cover of the new book?

b), in a)

Choose from a) scene, b) face of character, c) symbolic object, d) other.

2) What is the thing you’d LEAST like to see on the cover of the new book?

c) by itself, unless it's pretty

Choose from a) scene, b) face of character, c) symbolic object, d) other.

3) Name three books whose covers attracted you.

4) Name three books whose covers repelled you.

5) What colors on book covers attract you? (limit of three)
green, blue, red (not blood)

6) What colors on book covers repel you? (limit of three)
Black, yellow
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[User Picture]From: la_marquise_de_
2009-03-23 10:05 pm (UTC)
1) What is the thing you’d MOST like to see on the cover of the new book?

Choose from a) scene, b) face of character, c) symbolic object, d) other.
Scene.

2) What is the thing you’d LEAST like to see on the cover of the new book?

Choose from a) scene, b) face of character, c) symbolic object, d) other.
Symbolic object.

3) Name three books whose covers attracted you.
Anything with a Christian McGrath cover; the cover of Kristen Britain, Green Rider; the Kinuko Y Craft covers on Patricia McKillip's fantasies from Ace.

4) Name three books whose covers repelled you.
Anything by Frazetta or his imitators; glossy embossed covers with big eyed unicorns/horses/waifs; over-busy covers like the ones Josh Kidby used to do on (UK, at least) novels by Terry Pratchett.

5) What colors on book covers attract you? (limit of three)
Blue, green, gold
6) What colors on book covers repel you? (limit of three)
Orange, shocking pink, lime.

Edited at 2009-03-23 10:06 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: sobrique
2009-03-23 10:06 pm (UTC)
1. A - Scene. Well, title's good too :). But I like the book cover to give some idea of what sort of story it's telling.
2. Face of a character - it's ok to have them in, but unless the story is all about that character (and even then, only if how they look is particularly relevant). But also something irrelevant - I've seen a few that insert 'generic spaceship/wizard/hero with a sword', which doesn't really have anything to do with the story.
3.
Iain M Banks 'Player of Games' (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Player-Games-Iain-M-Banks/dp/1841490954/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237844930&sr=8-3)
Terry Goodkind 'Faith of the Fallen' (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faith-Fallen-Book-Sword-Truth/dp/0575070811/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237845098&sr=8-3)
Scott Lynch - Lies of Locke Lamora http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lies-Locke-Lamora-Gollancz-S-F/dp/0575079754/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237845175&sr=8-1

I also really liked the cover of the trade paperback of Deed of Paksennarion.

4 Well, just casting my eyes over my bookshelf, I've got: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kris-Longknife-Deserter-Novels/dp/0441012272/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237845383&sr=1-1
- But mostly what I dislike is the dark shading on the picture, with a yellow spine and back.

5. I like darker colours - tend to prefer a black 'base' colour for a book. (But the ones I listed are seemingly a mix of black, blue, purple)

6 Yellow, pink, erm. anything neon. (ok, neon's not a colour, but ..)
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From: 6_penny
2009-03-23 10:08 pm (UTC)
1; On cover: a or c, provided that the artist has some knowledge of the story and the descriptions.
2; least wanted: face of character, as this is most open to misinterpretation, or bodice ripper depictions, and generally can conflict with imagined images.
3; Fires of Nuala (Kimbriel), The Gate of Ivory (Doris Egan), Polar City Blues (Kerr)
4; Heaven by Stewart and Cohen. The cover was hideous, and form bookstore feedback actually repelled potential buyers.
5; soft blues greens(in the lighter ranges) darker greens
6; reds, oranges, black
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[User Picture]From: harfafnor
2009-03-23 10:32 pm (UTC)
1) What is the thing you’d MOST like to see on the cover of the new book?
c) symbolic object

2) What is the thing you’d LEAST like to see on the cover of the new book?

b) face of character

I can't think of anything for 3.

4) Name three books whose covers repelled you.

The Sharing Knife covers.

5) What colors on book covers attract you? (limit of three)

Slick picture colors.

6) What colors on book covers repel you? (limit of three)

Dull, painted colors.

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[User Picture]From: kimuro
2009-03-23 10:36 pm (UTC)
1) What is the thing you’d MOST like to see on the cover of the new book?
d) other - something that indicates relationships in the story.
2) What is the thing you’d LEAST like to see on the cover of the new book?
b) face of character - they usually get it wrong.
3) Name three books whose covers attracted you.
The Eagle Catcher by Margaret Coel, Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly (looks like an early movie poster), Song of Sorcery by Elizabeth Scarborough
4) Name three books whose covers repelled you.
Speed of Dark, Keeper of the Cats by Elizabeth H. Boyer, Split Heirs by Lawrence Watt-Evans (too busy!)
5) What colors on book covers attract you? (limit of three)
Blue, brown, red
6) What colors on book covers repel you? (limit of three)
Pink, neon colours

Usually, if the book cover repels me, I don't buy it.
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[User Picture]From: nobu
2009-03-23 10:39 pm (UTC)
1) What is the thing you’d MOST like to see on the cover of the new book?

a) scene (Or Arvid)

2) What is the thing you’d LEAST like to see on the cover of the new book?
d) other (where Other isn't Arvid)

3) Name three books whose covers attracted you.
All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear (bought this book based on the cover)
Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley
The covers on the King Maker/King Breaker duology by Karen Miller (though that artist seems to have only that theme of hooded characters, I've seen it on plenty other books since, but it would be a good style on Arvid)

4) Name three books whose covers repelled you.
Can't think of any offhand. As long as the title of the book and the author are displayed without being crowded out by blurbs or whatnot, I'm good with covers.

5) What colors on book covers attract you? (limit of three)
Purple (not a color you see that often), Black, Red

6) What colors on book covers repel you? (limit of three)
Pink, Pink, Pink
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[User Picture]From: damedini
2009-03-23 11:05 pm (UTC)
1) What is the thing you’d MOST like to see on the cover of the new book?

b) face of character.

2) What is the thing you’d LEAST like to see on the cover of the new book?

c) symbolic object.

3) Name three books whose covers attracted you.

The Game (Laurie R King), Hmm. That's the only one I can bring to mind. I *do* judge books, in some way, by their covers (i.e. if there's a scantily clad pinup, I'm going to be sceptical at best) even the best representational cover is only one of many clues to a book's desireability. It's the blurb (better be accurate!), who has reviewed it and most of all the recomendation of the local SF bookstore (Bakka Phoenix).

4) Name three books whose covers repelled you.
See above, but various of the romantic and he-man adventure sort.

5) What colors on book covers attract you? (limit of three)
Any

6) What colors on book covers repel you? (limit of three)
None
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[User Picture]From: damedini
2009-03-23 11:06 pm (UTC)
Sorry. To sum up the above, I prefer that a cover tell me something about the book; the colors should let me know mood (pink and light or black and fire), the picture should have something to do with the actual plot and the blurb should be written by someone who's actually read the book.
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[User Picture]From: freyaw
2009-03-23 11:08 pm (UTC)
The one thing that repels me more than anything else about book covers is when the scene or character depicted thereon is incompatible with the details in the story. Example: the cover of my copy of 'Daughter of the Empire' by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts is great... except the main character is depicted as blonde. Said character is small, petite, and dark-haired. Blondes are described as exotic in the society in which she lives. Drives me nuts. My copies of the other two books in that trilogy have covers that are far more consistent with the content of the books.

Part of the function of book covers is to give the potential reader an idea of what the book is about. Thus, fantasy-style covers on a hard science fiction book are counter-productive, and vice versa. If there's no fighting in the book, a dramatic scene with swords and bodies is inappropriate. And if it's almost nothing but violence, a scene of the main character picking a flower is going to hurt sales.

Symbolic objects trump everything, when it comes to genre-appropriateness. As long as they are depicted consistently with how they are described in the book, that is. Right now, I'm trying to remember any of the books on my bookcase at home (being at work right now) with symbolic objects on the front, as I can't offhand think of any of those where the image was jarring, or where there was a cognitive dissonance when I had both the story and the cover to consider.
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[User Picture]From: cedunkley
2009-03-23 11:43 pm (UTC)
Here are my opinions:

1) a) scene

However, I also really like the covers Orbit is doing where they have a white background and the main character in some pose, but done in an animated way with vibrant colors.

Examples of this: Karen Miller's Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology and her Godspeaker trilogy. Also, the covers of Brent Weeks The Night Angel trilogy.

2) d) other

I don't like photo-realistic covers.

3) Here are three covers that attracted me:

  • The covers of Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy. I love the use of the scorched parchments.

  • The Vacant Throne by Joshua Palmatier. This one is a great mood-evoking cover.

  • The covers of Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies. I love the scenery shots and the use of the deep reds.


4) Many of the Urban Fantasy covers are annoyingly repetitive. Also, the cover for Barbara Campbell's new book Foxfire is an unfortunate choice by the publisher. They decided to completely change the style of cover for the concluding book in her trilogy. Excellent writing by Barbara Campbell and excellent covers for the first two books Heartwood and Bloodstone.

5) Reds, Blacks, Blues, all sorts of colors. I want, most of all, the dominant color (if there is one) to have meaning to the story.

6) Pink. Except for how it's used on Jim C. Hines' The Stepsister Scheme, which is also a cover I really like.

Edited at 2009-03-23 11:52 pm (UTC)
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From: ejmam
2009-03-24 12:18 am (UTC)
1) What is the thing you’d MOST like to see on the cover of the new book?

a) scene

Especially with a series I'm already into I want to see characters I know doing something.

2) What is the thing you’d LEAST like to see on the cover of the new book?

c) symbolic object

Unless (to quote from above) it was pretty. There are always exceptions!

3) Name three books whose covers attracted you.

_The Hero and the Crown_ with the dragon breathing on Aeron

_Once a Hero_ was a good example of a series book that kept its promise. I'm thinking of the pb copy with two women on a bridge with explosions outside

_A Distant Magic_ by Mary Jo Putney, because it was a romance book I was reading for the SF elements, and it didn't scream its genre


4) Name three books whose covers repelled you.
_Tinker_ by Wen Spencer. I kept it hidden, and I loved the book. I recced it telling people not to look at the cover

_Speed of Dark_, the new paperback with the laser-thingys and the face. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the book inside. I liked the pinwheel cover.

_Dead Until Dark_, by Charlaine Harris, the new version with the white half-chopped off face licking the blood. Actually, I'm not all that keen on the old artwork either, but I appreciate that they keep a consistent look.


5) What colors on book covers attract you? (limit of three)
bright colors, light, red (I'm cheating with my first two picks)

6) What colors on book covers repel you? (limit of three)
pretentious black, pink, purple
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[User Picture]From: gunhilda
2009-03-24 01:48 am (UTC)
1) What is the thing you’d MOST like to see on the cover of the new book?
Scene

2) What is the thing you’d LEAST like to see on the cover of the new book?
Symbolic object

3) Name three books whose covers attracted you.
Del Rey's original cover for The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirsten
Tor's original cover for Midori Snyder's Sadar's Keep
Ace cover for the Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

4) Name three books whose covers repelled you.
Not sure I can name three, but I really dislike the Harper Trophy cover of Garth Nix's Shade's Children

5) What colors on book covers attract you? (limit of three)
I'm not so sure that it is colors that attract me as the content of the picture (preferably scenes or character portraits)

6) What colors on book covers repel you? (limit of three)
Lime green (see the Nix book), pink, fluorescent colors ETA: I don't care for large blocks of bright reds and yellows, either. Bless DAW for publishing all those books in the early years by female authors, but I always had issues with those uniform, ghastly yellow spines...



Edited at 2009-03-24 01:55 am (UTC)
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From: otterb
2009-03-24 01:50 am (UTC)
It goes without saying, of course, that what we all want to see on the cover of a new book is your name. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-24 02:12 am (UTC)
Purrrrr.....thank you. I don't think I'll include that one in my report in the morning, but...purrrrrrr.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-24 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, all! I appreciate this. Your responses (minus identifying data) have been forwarded to my editor, as part of the raw data and as a tallied set.
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