So when it comes to books, I realize that I have a lot of issues. Probably the biggest one is spending all my money on them, leaving me with a significant amount less for things I should be spending the money on- gas, food, bills….
Also, I’m running out of space. I literally have no more room and no where for these books to go other than in piles.
With my continual purchasing of books and lack thereof of for books, I literally have books that I bought 10-15 years ago that I STILL have not read! And I refuse to get rid of them because they still sound just as good as the day that I bought them.
Now granted, all these problems will “more than likely, go away” when I get my dream house that includes its own personal library (and sliding ladder). Space for days, and hopefully the means to actually sit down and read all the books waiting for me. As far as the first problem, I don’t think that’s going away unless I get professional help.
So, yes, I have issues when it comes to books. I admit that with a ver clear conscious. That being said, there are some unspeakable evils out there that as a book lover I cannot get over! Here is my personal list of pet peeves.
- Movie Covers on Books
Possibly my biggest pet peeve are the stupid movie covers that the publisher smack onto the book when they want to make more of a sale. I find this a complete slap in the face to the reader (not to mention the original cover designer who probably spent a lot of time trying to design a cover for the book that would capture the essence of the story). They literally take the whole movie poster and just paste it right on. Even the rating, and critics comments are usually somewhere on the cover.
Sorry to tell you, but we in the book world already understand that the movie and the book are going to be two completely different mediums. The producer and the directors are going to leave out parts due to budgeting and personal preference. The movie may be moving, but it’s never going to get to the depths of the heart of the original story. Not to mention, it’s usually the cheesiest thing you will ever see! Cough* cough* Nicholas Sparks cough* cough*.
When I look at movie covers for my books, I feel my intelligence start to decrease. Rather than catch my eye, provoking me to buy the book, I cringe, feel slightly ill, and move onto finding the actual cover. The one designed for THE BOOK. Which is of course the thing that I’m actually after. If I want an easy night in where my brain has to do very little work, because it has already been done for me, then I’ll give you producers a call. But most nights, I want to be completely immersed in a distant time or place and to have a person that, although is completely imaginary, feels more real to me than the chair I’m sitting on.
2. When there is a picture of the character on the cover of the text
Now, I don’t mind seeing a little bit of the character, like a side/back of the head profile, but when you give me the person’s face, and it doesn’t even match the description of the character in the book, then you and I are going to have some problems. I never put this on the author, because I know that the authors don’t get a lot of say when it comes to the covers of their novels (if they get any say at all). It’s all the publisher’s doing and it really kind of ticks me off.
U.S. publishers are already know for changing titles of books that are from other countries, because they honestly do not feel like the majority of the American public will “get it.” Case in point, the first Harry Potter book. But to put a full fledged image of a real person on the cover is like saying, “oh well we know that this person isn’t who the author had in mind at all when they spent all their time crafting their character, but we think it will suffice for the public, because they are probably incapable of thinking up a version of the character for themselves.”
Many authors I have met, have said how much they hate versions of books where there is an actual person on the cover. It is not what they would have chosen at all. But what can they do? The publisher has the rights of the book.
3. Not being able to find the addition/cover you want
Do you know how many times I have see on Instagram or Pinterest the most adorable covers of some of my favorite books? Plenty. Then when I go to search for said cover, that I know exists in this world, I am unable to get it for one reason or another. Usually the reason being is that it is the UK edition and for whatever reason, UK and US conditions cannot cross borders. No, if I want that precise edition, I will have to fly to England for the sole reason to get it. Now usually I would look for any reason to fly to Europe, but if I did that every time I wanted a specific edition I would literally run out of money.
Of course there is always the choice of trying independent used bookstores who sometimes get unique editions, but the price is usually crazy, or you’re not always positive what you are getting. I know that Amazon has a UK section, but I have found the prices to be crazy expensive, mostly due to shipping costs.
In a perfect world, all editions would be shared equally amongst nations, but we live in a world that is far from perfect.
3. Finding the book you have been looking for in the store, seeing that there is only one copy, and finding it to be creased, bent, marked, or some other kind of unforgivable damage done to it (this applies to Amazon as well when you order a book and it comes in less that absolute pristine condition).
Because when you are faced with this scenario you only have a few options. Suck it up and buy the book anyway, knowing that the whole time it’s going to bother you, and that you basically just bought damaged goods.
Or be that person who goes up to the sales associates and asks, knowing that the answer is probably no, if they might have another copy of the book somewhere else in the store. Then you feel as if you have to explain yourself and tell them why you can’t possibly buy the book because the giant crease is going to drive you insane and just hope that they don’t think you are a crazy weirdo who is taking this book thing a little too far (meaning you are basically the equivalent of a crazy cat lady).
4. When the books in a series are printed in paper back and 2/3 of the series in mass-market paper back and the other 1/3 is a completely different style, thus throwing off the flow of your bookshelf appeal
What is up with that? Why the heck would you print the first books in one style, and then go for a completely new style for the last book(s)? Don’t you know that series are made to be together? Why are you trying to screw up my bookshelves? Why? At least offer several options like other publishers do. Crazy bastards.
5. When horrible movies (or maybe movies just in general) are made of your absolutely favorite books.
Ok so a lot of this goes along with my first pet peeve, but it still had to be mentioned. Here’s a crazy idea for all you producers and directors out there. Stop taking the writing of other people, and just do your damn job and come up with your own story. You have script writers! Use them! And leave us bookworms alone!
6. When someone takes a treasured character and completely changes their appearance based on their own interpretation, and then it becomes mainstream, and then your whole personal childhood image of said character is ruined because know you can’t get the new character image out of your mind, and now you feel as if you have lost a dear friend because you can’t get your complete image back into your mind.
I will admit that this one doesn’t happen too much (other than with movies) but in recent years, some classic characters have been reimagined (usually by race or important facial features) and that reimagined character is then projected as the true image of the character.
Now I would have absolutely no problem with this, if indeed the character had been clearly described that way over 20 years ago, and I hadn’t spent my whole life building up a specific image of them in my mind that I have come to cherish as being my own.
Others would say that you can still keep your own image, and that they aren’t trying to impose anything on you, and trust me I try. But when you start to see that character everywhere as being made into this new image, it becomes harder and harder to hold onto the image you built so carefully all those years ago in your head, and then carried with you for years to come.
So there you have it. I might very well be a bit crazy when it comes to my books, but I would bet that there are more of you out there that feel the same way I do. Maybe we’re all crazy together, but that is because our love of the written word is so very strong. More than likely, if you are anything like me, books have been an important part of your growing up. They have been friends through the good and the bad, and you find a certain kid of contentment when you are with them, that real life just can’t fulfill.