Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Why Aren't You Reading this Guy Book? Part 1

We admit it, there are a lot of girls up in this here blog. There's not always a lot of testosterone here. So, sometimes we have to go straight to the source and ask guys what they're thinking. After finishing this year of high school TAB, we know that it's not unheard of for guys to read and enjoy realistic fiction. But, it's still rare (as we heard at the Strong Girls panel), so what's the problem? When we asked guys, what we kept hearing was that it's not the stories, it's the covers. To dig a little deeper, we asked a panel of males to give us their thoughts on the covers of some books we think they would love. All this week we'll share their observations!

Today's Pick: The Beginner's Guide to Living by Lia Hills
"Struggling to cope with his mother's sudden death and growing feelings of isolation from his father and brother, seventeen-year-old Will turns to philosophy for answers to life's biggest questions, while finding some solace in a new love." 

This one is great if you are interested in philosophy, or trying to look at the world from a new perspective. Will is messed up after the death of his mother and he's not finding his dad particularly helpful. Instead he starts delving into philosophy and hanging out with his new girlfriend as ways to distract/deal. It's edgy, dark and much more about making sense of life as a teenage guy then it is about any sort of romance. We swear.

Guy #1: I would not read this book because it looks like a guy making out with a girl in a cemetery.  Not my style, due to two things: a) I prefer to make out in places without dead people, just a personal preference.  b) I don't like books where making out is a large enough part of the story to warrant being on the cover.  Explosions, yes. Making out, not really.  Definitely strikes me as a girly book.

Guy #2: I think I'd give The Beginner's Guide to Living a quick look.  The black and blue cover is boyish.

Guy #3: The ones with couples kissing (or about to kiss, or holdidng hands) make me think it's a romance book geared towards girls/women.  I know that's a stereotype, but there it is.   

Guy #4 (our ringer/expert, who works in the book cover industry): At first glace, I love the “look” of this cover. I dig the restricted palette and graphic style. But when I take a closer look, I hate that the couple is frenching (plaaaaaayed ooooout), and also, the art is just plain BAD. Really bad. The anatomy is all sorts of messed up—is he an amputee? why is his butt two feet below his waist? and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHAT IS WONG WITH HIS ANKLES??? Good title, though.  

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