I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.
COVER CHANGE: Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
The cover is a bit weird to me because it looks like a cowboy jumping over a naked black-haired lady offering a sacrifice. What is that supposed to convey? There are animals watching this scene, and—is the black-haired woman Snow White? Is this right after she wakes up from her slumber? It’s like I stepped into a performance piece midway in. I’m still confused at what I’m looking at, and I have so many questions. What is going on?
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Nah.
Snow White wielding a gun? Can I get a OH HELL YEAH?!
I love everything about this cover—the glint and the focus in her eyes, the details of the gun, the girl’s fingers already on the trigger, her outfit which is very Snow White-esque. She’s a girl who would not take your shit and would shoot you at first sight. I also love the font on this cover and the grunge effect that’s on the lettering.
And can we talk about the pun in the tagline? “A fully loaded fairy tale”? Are you kidding me? *claps*
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Hell yes.
Final Verdict: The second cover because it’s just so badass.