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Judging the Book's Cover

Updated on July 21, 2012
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Sadly, too many times in life many wonderful possibilities are missed due to Judging the Book's Cover.

Like a book's cover, people too are judged for their outwardly appearance and never given the opportunity to show the beauty inside.

Much can be said about how one judges a book's cover as well as one judges others.

Leather bound book lavished in gold.
Leather bound book lavished in gold. | Source

Judging the Book's Cover

Amidst the hundreds of thousands of books in circulation, the first thing to often grab a potential reader's attention is the cover.

Quite possibly the book's cover could be quite engaging and/or attractive. Whether or not the cover is leather bound, strewn with gold inlays, or an artistic masterpiece, the reader's eyes are magnetically drawn--their senses awakened.

The potential reader, nearly haunted by the first appearance, feels the overwhelming urge to read the book. Once opened, the reader is held captive with the irresistible urge to consume every word written.

In spite of the cover, the books could contain a sense of deception, filled with mirrored reflections of emptiness, a sense of betrayal to the reader.

Flipping through each of the mundane pages, although not satisfied, the reader continues till the end--after all, the cover couldn't be misleading, could it?

What if the cover of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings looked like this?
What if the cover of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings looked like this? | Source

On the other hand

If the cover is not to the potential reader's liking, a rather simple cover with no gimmicks, no frills, not lavished in gold, the reader walks away--pointing their nose in a completely different direction. Quite possibly to the reader's misfortune, never allowed themselves to engage in the book nor know anything of the simple book's contents.

The book could have held a wealth of information, or quite possibly send the reader into a adventurous, brilliantly written tale--an endeavor the reader has not yet beheld. The unappealing book, by the potential reader's eyes, could have enriched one's life by filling a gap known well to the potential reader. Instead, the potential reader simply walks away.

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Sure, it is just a book

Nevertheless, what does that say about life? The potential reader, a human being, easily scowls and judges the cover by first appearance. Not only treating a simple book with vicious tenacity by simply walking away, but does the potential reader treat other people that was as well?

Just one look, a simple glance, can cause and immediate reaction. To some, may even cause a prejudicial reaction. Does the person ever stop and think what another person could have to offer to enrich their lives, or would they rather sulk in their shell of judgment, and walk on by?

Not all judge a book's cover, often they are the type that would take the time to see what the value of what the book has to offer--words of wisdom, experiences, and adventures untold.

The relation between a book and a person

A book as well as a person, has more in common than one could possibly know. Each has a cover--a face know to the onlooker, appealing or not, and each has a story that is eager to be told.

Some covers could be mystifying as well as attractive, yet the words inside the cover could cause a person absolute disgust. To walk away without giving the proper respect to both the book or the person, they are walking away from the sense of freedom to be who they are and not just what the cover has to offer.

The cover could be very deceiving, to judge the cover or the person, is to judge oneself in the harshest of ways. For each one who dares judge the cover, there are others waiting to judge them.

Conclusion

Thank-you for taking the time to read this Hub!

I hope that this gave you something to think about before judging anything by outwardly appearance and enlightened your mind.

Please feel free to comment and suggestions are always welcomed!!

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    • frogyfish profile image

      frogyfish 

      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      You are so right about covers and what may be inside being different. Of course, I thought of people in reading the hub...thanks for an interesting reminder about first opinions!

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      TravelAbout, I try never to judge a person by their cover...but must admit I too am guilty of passing on a book because of its cover, unless of course, it has a really catchy title. Thank-you sooooo very much for taking the time to read this and comment!!! I truly do appreciate it!!! THANKS AGAIN!!!

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      Katheryn 

      6 years ago from United States

      Patty

      I like how you conveyed the comparison of a book to a person. It is odd because I never judge people by their cover but I do admit that when I'm in a book store I do tend to first look at the book cover before I even investigate what the book is about. I have been known to skip over a book because the cover did not draw my attention. I will have to work on this weakness.

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      Keith Ham 

      6 years ago from Niagara Falls, Ontario

      I will have to post a review someday for you two to see :D

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      nanderson500 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I like leatherbound books too!

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Keith, That is AWESOME!!!!

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      Keith Ham 

      6 years ago from Niagara Falls, Ontario

      No problem, I love to comment. I have a Leatherbound copy of The Divine Comedy on my shelf, its fantastic - gold trimmed pages, ribbon, gilted, and has this amazing design on the cover - I'm sure you would be someone who would appreciate this.

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      I personally love the old leather bound books a lot more than the way book covers are made these days!! Thank-you sooo much for taking the time to comment!!! I do appreciate it!!

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      Keith Ham 

      6 years ago from Niagara Falls, Ontario

      All books these day seem to be Parades of text in my opinion. Not much to catch the eye and not much to draw anyone in. I still, however, look at the words and read - of course. I miss fanciful covers though, leather-bounds, grand tomes, and well anything else creative. It seems rare to get something that isn't a simply copy and paste of some image anymore.

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Pennypines, I asked the question to the HubPages community and there are a few answers:

      https://pattykenyon.hubpages.com/question/189208/d...

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Pennypines, I am sorry but I do not know of any that specialize in designing book covers. If I hear of anything, I will be sure to let you know.

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      Lucille Apcar 

      6 years ago from Mariposa, California, U.S.A.

      Referring again to my comment on "starving artists" there are also some wonderful photographers. Does anyone know of people who specialize in designing book covers using their talents?

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      midget, Very well stated and I completely agree!!! When I wrote this, I hoped that it would open people's eyes!! Thank-you sooooo much for you comments!!! I really do appreciate it!!!

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      I agree completely with your sentiments and some of those that have been echoed here, Patty. There are so many things that books, literally or figuratively, can offer despite having less attractive covers. We should be less superficial and take the time to dig deeper instead of looking at things at the surface level.

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Pennypines, I do agree in regards to the cover concepts offered by publishing houses can be inappropriate. It seems they do that to sell the book because many judge a book by its cover. Too sad really. There are many great artist out there that could design a cover based on what the book is about. Thank-you for your comments!!!

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Docmo, Thank-you sooo much for your comments!! I too have been that book, and work hard each day not to be the potential reader that walks on by. Each person, like a book, has much more to offer than just their cover. Thank-you for taking the time to read this and read the full meaning into it!!! THANKS AGAIN!!!!

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      Lucille Apcar 

      6 years ago from Mariposa, California, U.S.A.

      With all the "starving artists" around, one would think a whole new industry could be started. Cover concepts offered by publishing houses are at worst inappropriate, at best drab and dull.

      A fine artist could make a good living designing book covers.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Patty, your echoed sentiment is eloquently put. Judging a book by its cover is what so many do. I've been that book and I know how it feels. There are a million unread books that are waiting to be discovered and as you say there is so much in them. This is a wonderful narrative that gives people a pause for thought. Thanks for sharing! Voted up of course!

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      josh, Thank-you and I totally agree; the best we can do it try to take a second look and know that there could be more. THANKS AGAIN!!

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Mhatter, That is Awesome!!!!!

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      billybuc, I think we can all say we have been guilty of the same. No one is perfect, but those willing to strive to be better are far ahead of those that don't try. As Always, THANK-YOU!!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Patty,

      Very relevant topic! I think we all fall into the temptation of irrationally judging something without all of the facts. Thanks for sharing. Awesome presentation!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Have been blessed in the creation, restoration and interaction with books of all type.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true words my dear! I have been guilty of this many times in the past and it's something I work on constantly. First impressions are important but they rarely tell the whole story. You are an excellent writer.

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