Did 'Ghost Face' on the cover make you want to read the book more or less?

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Re: Did 'Ghost Face' on the cover make you want to read the book more or less?

Post by Essie_Reviews » 15 May 2019, 17:30

It averted me. Even though Scream is iconic, I don't think one would want their readers to automatically think of the franchise even if your book is of the same genre. It erases any independent identity one would want their book to have. So to me, it felt like it was almost preying on that familiarity and nostalgia of the franchise and the author couldn't be bothered to establish the book on its own.
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Post by kelseydwf » 18 May 2019, 15:39

I am pretty turned off by horror in general, so the cover of this book was not enticing to me. The "Ghost Face" is clearly represented in both the title and the cover. I don't like the font of the word "fear" - it strikes me as a bit childish and a little over-the-top. The Ghost Face is catching enough that regular font for the title would have sufficed. However, the plot sounds good. Based on reviews and numerous grammatical errors, however, I can't say I'm dedicated to reading it.
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Post by kelseydwf » 18 May 2019, 15:40

Essie_Reviews wrote:
15 May 2019, 17:30
It averted me. Even though Scream is iconic, I don't think one would want their readers to automatically think of the franchise even if your book is of the same genre. It erases any independent identity one would want their book to have. So to me, it felt like it was almost preying on that familiarity and nostalgia of the franchise and the author couldn't be bothered to establish the book on its own.
I completely agree. The familiarity of the "Ghost Face" erases some of the originality of this particular book. I think the author or designer could have altered it somehow to make it more unique.
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Post by SavannaEGoth » 18 May 2019, 22:18

I'm a fan of darker material, and absolutely love anything related to horror. Seeing the iconic face on the cover would definitely convince me to pick it up in a heartbeat.
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Post by DD129 » 25 Aug 2019, 16:35

The cover did not really turn me off the book but it also didn't make me like the book more. I agree that using Scream might not have been the best choice for the author since it makes his book seem like a cheap imitation rather than his own unique work.

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Post by Juliet+1 » 03 Sep 2019, 18:00

The cover put me off reading the book for quite a while. And then I discovered that it doesn't represent the book at all accurately. More people would be interested in this book if it had a better cover.

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Post by Erandi Ekanayake » 20 Oct 2019, 12:39

Definitely the cover of a book does a great impact on building up a former idea in readers' minds regarding its content and this cover page has got that potential too. So I would like to support the topic positively.

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