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Re: Why Ghostface?

Post by starshipsaga » 12 Dec 2018, 18:05

Personally, the first thing I thought of was Scream when I saw the cover. In this case though, it's not just an image tacked on for the association, so I think it works. In my case, it actually helped because I am a child of the 90s, and the seeing the cover and the nostalgia that came with it naturally drew me to the book. It doesn't hurt that I enjoy the genre :D

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Post by joshfee77 » 13 Dec 2018, 16:03

The author may be looking to capitalise a little on the success and reputation of the Scream movies, which is fine. The only potential problem might be if readers don't quite get the sort of story they were expecting.

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Post by Erika Thomas » 13 Dec 2018, 17:44

I think the use of a ghostface that is so close to the Scream mask from the Scream franchise panders to the mass of fans for that franchise, pulling in a lot more readers than the book would have otherwise. I think Torbert did this on purpose to pull in more readers, and I think it was a poor way to bring in more business. I think that the book stands on its own merit, and it wasn't necessary to get readers in such a cheap way.

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Post by Princess Clara » 14 Dec 2018, 14:39

Using the mask on the cover page is a sure indication of thriller scenes in the novel. It would appeal to lovers of thriller novels.

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Post by holsam_87 » 16 Dec 2018, 01:40

I thought that there would tie-ins to Scream or a cult of some sort.
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Post by Kendra M Parker » 17 Dec 2018, 10:36

I think the ghost face mask would be better to be replaced by something else. This cover feels misleading to me as a reader and does not really convey the themes of the book very well.
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Post by Philip Chepsingil » 18 Dec 2018, 05:30

M Zee wrote:
01 Dec 2018, 19:31
Considering how closely the iconic mask is associated with the Scream films, do you think using the image (and the masked killer of the same name) on the book cover helps the book?

Does the association have any tie-in to the films? Or could it have been *any* kind of mask/image for the killer in the book?
My opinion is that it can help the book get noticed by the lovers of the Scream films and others who like the horror genre.

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Post by Amy+++ » 18 Dec 2018, 08:54

I think a different mask could have been used for the killer. In my opinion, the mask reminds me of Scream.

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Post by Theresam » 18 Dec 2018, 12:04

I thought it was an odd choice for a cover when it didn’t really seem to relate to the story that much. It definitely draws the eye and is a catchy title.

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Post by cherrykarl » 20 Dec 2018, 02:10

I am not so much a fan of horror so if I don't know anything about the book or haven't read the synopsis, I would entirely passed up on it base on the cover alone. But I'm positive that it could be better.
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Post by Bavithra M » 20 Dec 2018, 10:14

In my opinion using the image on the book cover helps the book and the cover of the book is very apt.
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Post by ViziVoir » 20 Dec 2018, 21:24

I've mentioned this before elsewhere, but I genuinely thought the cover page was a parody of common horror tropes. That the author "played it straight," so to speak, was kind of jarring.

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Post by Bavithra M » 21 Dec 2018, 04:08

Fozia-Bajwa wrote:
02 Dec 2018, 14:44
yes the image of the book at the outside cover of the book is a reflection of the story discussed inside.
I agree with you.
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Post by Slater Barness » 23 Dec 2018, 23:33

Yeah, it gives the book an added advantage.There is suspense created in the readers after looking at the book's cover page.

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Post by Ayat paarsa » 24 Dec 2018, 00:53

Slater Barness wrote:
23 Dec 2018, 23:33
Yeah, it gives the book an added advantage.There is suspense created in the readers after looking at the book's cover page.
Yes, it creates suspense, specially black color of the cover is also eye catching.
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