This or That? #66

In case anyone needs a reminder or is new to the Bookmark Chronicles, here are the rules: Every Monday I will post a This or That Challenge where we will choose between two characters or scenarios. On Friday we will see which scenario/character wins. Feel free to either comment your choice below or make your own post and link it back here! :)

By no means do you have to feel obligated to do every single challenge, but I would love to hear all of your opinions! If you can only really talk about one scenario then go for it. Also, if you have any suggestions or would like to write a guest post about any of the This or That? topics let me know!


This is sort of a random question but…..

How do you feel about faces on book covers?

(Like them ~ Don’t like them ~ Don’t really care)


(This obviously doesn’t include biographies, autobiographies or memoirs because I would expect a picture of that person on the book).

I actually hate when there are faces on covers. I like to create my own image of the characters, I don’t like being told what they should look like before I’ve even started the book ya know? It annoys me. When I read Infernal Devices, the third book has Tessa on the front and by the third book I already had my own image of her and it definitely did not match!

This is also a part of the reason that I don’t like movie covers onbooks. The originals are always better.

I can accept it if it’s a partial face sometimes. But if I can choose between different editions, I prefer the ones without faces. For example, the original cover for Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi was supposed to look like this:

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I don’t like this. This is not how I pictured Juliette. Her face just doesn’t fit what I expected. Luckily they ended up going with this cover:

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Much better and it leaves the characters up to your imagination.

How do you feel about faces on covers? Let me know!

~Rae


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Hi! I'm Rae. 23. Avid Reader, Book Blogger. Intersectional Feminist. Gryffindor.
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10 Responses to This or That? #66

  1. kristianw84 says:

    It depends (Sorry, I know you don’t like that answer). For the most part I like more creativity than just a person’s face, but for some stories, I think having a certain character on the cover is intriguing. Especially if the character is overly flawed, or when there is an image and the character’s face is just an outline for said image.

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  2. Erika says:

    I personally don’t like faces on covers, let alone just real life people on the covers. I think it looks tacky, but that’s just me. I believe it should be more creative.

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  3. carlalouise89 says:

    I’m going to say what you hate: it depends. If, for example, it’s a series, and they start with a person’s face (or people’s faces), then I’m okay with it. I’m like, ‘That’s what the author envisions, okay’. However, if they were to shove it in randomly after a few books, that’d piss me off, because once I start, like you, I create my own picture of how someone looks.
    If we’re talking a general rule … no, I’d prefer no pictures. I’d prefer just a random cover. Maybe a picture of something that references the title or the main theme. But if there are going to be pictures of a face, it needs to be at the start, or not at all.

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