Selasa, 07 Juni 2016

Is It Beautiful? I'll Take It!

We've all heard the age old saying, 'don't judge a book by its cover.' Though that may be true as pertains to human beings, I'm afraid I'm forced to play Devil's Advocate when it comes to actual books. Here's a scenario (which has happened to me on many occasions):

You walk into Barnes & Noble, a reader's heaven filled with countless numbers of glorious books. Unless you walk in there on a mission to research a book that you've already heard of, you do what most people do, browse. You walk the isles, perusing the shelves for hours and hours, until suddenly, something catches your eye. There, sitting on a shelf amongst hundreds of books, is a book with one of the most beautiful covers you've ever seen. Before you even think of finding out if it's worth reading, you pick it up. 

That very thing happened to me with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Something about the cover intrigued me, casting a spell which I was in no hurry to break. Before I read the summary, checked the reviews or even new anything about the author, I'd made up my mind that I wasn't going home without that book. Lucky for me the book was just as amazing as its cover. Of course buying a book only for its cover is also a huge risk seeing as I've purchased a number of terribly written books that just happened to have beautiful covers (I've never been a fan of Alice in Wonderland, but the cover design on a particular edition was so grand that I just had to have it in my collection.) 

Moral to the story? I don't really know. But if there are people like me, people who prefer the grand and exquisite over the ordinary and plain, people who always imagine things to be more extraordinary than they actually are, then we will definitely be on the lookout for beautifully designed books.

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