This past weekend I was at a scifi convention, Bubonicon, and I visited the vendor room. I only had so much money to spend and wanted to spend it on books. I especially wanted to support a local author or two. The vendor room was small, and two of these lesser know authors were set up side by side. One was selling 3 of his books (scifi, fantasy, & children’s). The other gentleman was selling his single book; the cover on this book was bright pink, from edge to edge. I averted my eyes like I was seeing something vaguely indecent. He gave me his spiel and if I hadn’t been staring straight at that unnatural cover, I might have gone for his book. But I just couldn’t see myself lifting that book up and carrying it around for the rest of the day. So, I bought a fantasy book from the guy next to him.
Did I miss out on one of the best stories I would have ever read? Maybe. In this one instance, I can see how an ebook version would be significantly better than the paper. No one can see the cover on your ereader while you read and you don’t have to look at it either. Have you bumped into books, even by favorite authors, that had ridiculous or painfully bright covers? What did you do?
This inordinately pink cover made me think of various other things remade in pink to attract the female side of the species: knives, camping gear, guns, crossbows, waders, etc. Personally, I have never known a woman to buy these pinkified items. Yet, once my man did buy me a very nice ceramic kitchen knife, but they only had my size knife in pink handle. I hardly ever use that knife, and not at all if I have company in my kitchen. Pink, in my mind, is OK for small kids and perfectly fine if found in nature. As with this book cover, I find it odd for grown humans (male or female) to wear pink clothing and I find it garish in personal items such as hairbrushes, razors, purses, wallets, and apparently books.
Am I ridiculous or do you do this to? Do you automatically shy away from covers that feature scantily dressed women? military uniforms? weapons? cutsey-wutsey animals?