So I was chatting with Ariel over at In Italics a few days ago on her post about fonts used for book titles, and she brought up an interesting point that I just had to
talk about too much with too many gifs explore a bit more. Basically, I determined that I appreciate Serif fonts the most, because it’s simplistic and I can see the title clearly. A cover will pull me in, but it’s the title in the end that packs a punch.
So with some help from Jack Sparrow, I’m going to illustrate my feelings on the subject of titles and how they influence my buying habits.
It’s been talked about time after time: how much does a cover influence buying a book? But I’ve never seen too many people talk about what the title will do to a buyer. And I’ll be the first to admit it: pretty covers get my goat. Case in point: I’ve put off adding Daughter of Smoke and Bone to my TBR list for weeks because of the cover. It looks like a masquerade vampire book gone horribly wrong. But the title really interests me! CONFLICT.
Now let’s look at another book: Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
Nothing wrong with the cover here. I’d pick it up – it actually reminds me of A Really Awesome Mess‘s cover, and I actually want to read that book! But here’s the thing: I hate zombies (brains just screams zombies) and it sounds like a spoof of Eat, Pray, Love. I don’t do spoofs. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but I haven’t even read the synopsis, just because the title puts me off that much.
Now here’s another example, with a book I ended up purchasing and really enjoying: The Warrior Heir and The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. Technically, it was the Wizard Heir that I picked up first, then went to get Warrior Heir since it’s the first in the series.
I had never heard of Chima before, but the glowing green pulled me over to the display. When I saw the title, I was hooked. I love wizards (and warriors), and Heir gives me the hint that there’s going to be a lot of history and world building going on. And, lo and behold, that’s exactly what I got! (And, hey, it’s a Serif font – what a coincidence!)
Okay, one last book, just to really drive my point home: Angelfall by Susan Ee.
You all know how much I fangirl for this book. It is seriously the best book I’ve read in 2013 so far. Anyway – beautiful cover, right? It got me to click on the little icon while I was surfing Amazon in the bargain book section. BUT the title!!! Angel: I’m hooked. Fall: fallen angels or apocalypse? I had Supernatural’s season finale on my brain, what can I say… And what a concept – I actually got a book about a fallen angel in the middle of the apocalypse!
I’m not discounting the importance of covers. Some day I’ll even write an accompanying post to this one all about covers. But while a cover might grab your attention, it’s the title that really holds a lot of the clout in a possible buying situation. Titles give you an idea of what you’ll find in the book. Even if you don’t get a full picture of the concept of the book, you’ll at least get a clue to the genre!
So what do you think? Do you pick books based on their titles or are you more of a cover snob (like I totally am most of the time). Sound off in the comments below and give some examples of your own!