I’m going to start off with Canvember with this quote from by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.
Simply Sunday is a reading meme run over at Books For A Delicate Eternity. It’s where you can share your favourite quote of the week; be it from a book, a novella, a short story, a poem, a song – whatever you like!
If I pick up a book with vampires on the cover, I want there to be vampires. If I pick up a book with spaceships on the cover, I want spaceships. If I see one with dragons, I want there to be dragons inside the book. Proper labeling. Ethical labeling. I don’t want to open up my cornflakes and find that they’re full of pebbles….You need to respect the reader enough not to call it something it isn’t.
The quote comes out of an interview where Margaret is asked about why the need for defining science fiction, setting up boundaries between science fiction and other genres such as fantasy and speculative fiction. While I may disagree with what she thinks science fiction is (especially when she says Star Trek is not likely to happen), I think she does have a point about the importance of having your cover match what your story is about. There is nothing worse then reading a book with a great cover that has nothing to do with what the book itself is actually about OR passing up a book with a great story because the cover does not match and turns you away.
Example: Classic novel with a cover that I know has NOTHING to do with the book and there is not a scene where this happens.
Thanks for coming by and I hope you stick around for the rest of Canvember 2013!!