Judgement Day: If You were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/daily-prompt-book-cover/ this is from the Daily Post post that link was to.

My favorite book is Animal Farm by George Orwell. I won’t get too into the book here, as I plan to do so in a later post, but basically, the premise is this: The animals on Manor Farm are sick of how the farmer treats them, and long for a day when all animals are free, and mankind is extinct. In Orwell’s book, animals are much more sentient than they are in the real world: They can talk, and sing, and open doors, and learn to read, and stuff. So, they attack the farmer and all his workers, and drive them out of the farm. They start out with a truly communist society– everyone has a say, everyone gets the same food rations, and everyone works to the absolute best of their ability. The pigs are the smartest, so they handle most administrative duties required when running a farm. This system deteriorates when one particular pig gets power hungry, and that’s where I’ll end this until such time as I decide to post a full review of the book.

The cover, or at least the cover of my edition, is rather attractive. It is a nice yellow– not too bright, not too dark. I don’t know how else to describe the font used but “jagged,” but it looks nice. There is an illustration of a few of the animals watching something burn. Some of the farmer’s things, if I recall. This illustration is nicely drawn, as are the others in the book, they give the animals character, using human facial expressions and such. Joy Batchelor and John Halas (this book’s illustrators) are very talented, from what I can tell. All in all, it is a very attractive cover.

The trouble is, I can’t get much of a feel of what it is is about from the cover, not even the back. So I must say that, coupled with what I’ve heard about the book, the cover would not set me off from reading it. But in a vacuum, with seeing the cover being my only frame of reference, I probably would not.

As I said, as attractive as the cover is, I would have trouble getting interested in it just from the cover, simply because if I didn’t know who Orwell was, and didn’t have previous knowledge with what the book is about, the cover would not tell me enough about the book to interest me in reading it.

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2 responses to “Judgement Day: If You were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?”

  1. angloswiss says :

    I read the book a couple of months ago and quite liked it. For me George Orwell was certainly a little bit ahead of his time. The pigs became the power eventually, very sly. Just get rid of the ones in the way.

    • dcourtland says :

      I agree entirely. Wasn’t a huge fan of 1984 personally, but I liked it a lot more than I disliked it. Which sounds completely contradictory, I suppose, doesn’t it? haha. I love Animal Farm, though. Unfortunately, I checked it out, along with Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, from the library about two months ago, and have yet to return either of them. Whatever I can do to donate to the library, I suppose, haha

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