“Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover” is a new release written and directed by Bryan Singer. The movie follows the life of a former student of H. P. Lovecraft, who has been dead for twenty-five years. Singer’s debut novel is an intriguing and suspenseful take on the mystery author. Although it is based on a real-life event, it is different from many of Singer’s previous work. I believe this one will receive rave reviews from both the fans of the novel and those who haven’t read his other works.
The story begins in Los Angeles, California, where we follow the footsteps of H. P. Lovecraft (Barrymore) after his untimely death. As he nears death, he realizes he possesses a powerful and sometimes destructive ability. The mantle of master publisher H. P. Lovecraft lies with his son Rubeus. But when Rubeus is murdered during a routine cleaning, Lovecraft is immediately intrigued by the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder and the possibility of possessing great powers.
When the detective Michael Knight visits Lovecraft’s birthplace, Lorkhajpur, to solve the mystery, he comes across a personal connection to the deceased writer. While doing so, he is suddenly drawn into the strange world of Lorkhajpur, which is populated by people who are half-vampires and half-hairy. This novel provides an insight into the darker side of human nature, while providing a welcome glimpse into the life of its most famous resident, H. P. Lovecraft. Singer incorporates a number of other themes into the film as well, including religion, royalty, mystery, science fiction, and even urban fantasy. If I had to choose just one element of the film that was most memorable, it would definitely have to be the cover.
The novel’s cover is nothing short of bizarre and very disturbing. It features a large, red, wriggling insect walking slowly across the cover, accompanied by a voice over the movie stating that “A CUSTOMER WHO EXPERIENCES THIS COLUMNARY IS DEATH UPSET TO KNOW IT”. With that, and the blood squirting from its mouth like something from a particularly gruesome horror movie, we are ushered into the dark world of Lorkhajpur, where nothing good is ever pure.
I can remember watching the movie and thinking “oh no, this isn’t for me”. The novel’s cover, to me, seems very similar. I’m afraid that the movie took itself a bit too far. The cover and the image on the novel’s table top look nothing alike; however, I must admit that when I first saw the cover, I assumed it was going to be something along the lines of a cute, mischievous fairy tale princess story. I know I’ve seen thousands of fairy tales and a lot of them have been quite cute, but never anything that ever made me think “what the hell was that, its so messed up”. Well, I was wrong.
So, why doesn’t someone write a book by its cover and just slap a beautiful cover on it and call their book something unique and fun? Well, there are a lot of reasons. Firstly, many writers are not skilled artists and don’t really understand how to draw people or creatures well enough to make a good cover. In other words, if you’re trying to sell a book, don’t judge a book by its cover.
Another reason that I wouldn’t judge a book by its cover is because of copyright laws. Most people who draw illustrations and paintings for books do so from a fairly amateurish level. Therefore, a cover with hundreds of intricate lines that look like someone spent a long time on it probably wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to people who actually read the novel. And that’s fine, I suppose, except that a lot of the images in books are rather boring. The point is, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this type of cover to anyone.
If you’re trying to sell a book and are looking at various covers, then I would definitely suggest that you take a look at the work of an expert cover designer. They know how to use art in a way to make something very appealing. If you’re already an artist or have some experience with drawing and painting, you can even put together your own concept and have a great cover designed by a specialist. Then you could sell the book without having to worry about having a bad cover all over it!
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