Wednesday, February 4, 2009
How To Look Good Naked
Don't judge a book by its cover? Who said? Often the whole 'magic' of a book is in its cover. Often that in itself lends to the narrative. This is the tactile, material essence of storytelling.
Look at the special, limited edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The book is clearly wearing haute couture. All the excitement is in how it looks and feels. The velvet pouch, the leather exterior, the bling...
I don't believe I just used 'bling.'
Look at Spells. Divested of its dust jacket, this book still looks good. Ever peaked beneath the jacket? Well, in the university library, the poor books are mostly naked, so you don't actually get a chance to admire their jackets. But check out your books at home. Sometimes beneath that dust jacket, there's something lovely.