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As you saw from yesterday’s example, the cover of a book alone usually shows the reader what genre the book falls under. That’s one of the benefits of genre; the title and cover align with the story to help the reader identify the genre. This is a “truth” that’s ingrained in each reader. If a reader enjoys a particular genre, he’s going to look for a certain tone on the cover, a fitting title, and even a particular type of font on the cover and title page.
A horror novel should never be called Waterfalls of Love, and a flowing, cursive script should not be used to write that horror novel’s title and author’s name on the cover. Genres demand a certain “look.” Waterfalls of Blood is an appropriate title for a horror novel, and I’m sure you can all imagine the cover. Ew.
Think through these genres: romance, sci-fi, fantasy, historical. These books all have a specific look, don’t they? Any genre should bring to mind a cover type. Some books don’t fit the mold, and it’s dangerous for a publisher or author to take a step outside of the norm. This can negatively affect the book’s sales and popularity because the book’s “look” confuses the audience.
Here are some covers that show the genre well in title, font, and image:
Can you think of any other books that show the genre particularly well on the cover? What do you imagine your book cover will look like for your current work in progress?