How Important Is It?on October 27th, 2010 at 6:56 am
Most of us have seen or heard about the white-washed covers on certain books. And we know how important that issue is. It’s racist, plain and simple.
I’ve also spoken to people about TV and movie adaptations of books where they change the characters appearance. For example, I’ve heard more than one person complain that Elena is a blonde in the Vampire Diaries books, but very much a brunette in the TV show.
This leads me to wonder how important is it to you as a reader that the person on the cover of a book accurately match the description inside? For example, in Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series, Elena is more than once described as being flat-chested. It’s a feature she’s very conscious of. If they did a cover (much like Frostbitten) featuring Elena and got all the other basics right, blond hair, athletically thin, etc, but she had a B or C cup, how much would that matter? In the same series, Paige is described as curvy and 10-15 pounds overweight. That’s not a lot, but it’s significantly bigger than a size 0 or 2 model. If they had everything else right, but Paige was a size 2 with barely there curves, would it matter?
How important are those details to you as a reader? And since this blog is mainly with regard to my young adult writing, how important is it to the young people you know? It’s something I’ve been pondering lately and I’m dying to get someone else’s opinion.