Judging Books By Their Covers

It’s also worth noting that in many cases, the line between YA and A is entirely arbitrary: With different packaging, Kazuo Ishiguro’s literary novel Never Let Me Go could have been sold as a dystopian-future teenage clone romance, Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple is a sweet romp about a smart daughter, her quirky mother, and the difficulties of mental illness; and Junot Diaz’s Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao could have been split up into just another nerds-have-feelings-too coming of age trilogy. Certainly a reader as concerned with prestige and pedigree as Graham seems to be has read and loved these well-praised books — would she have hated them if the title type had been purple Bleeding Cowboys instead of Helvetica? Is she really, literally judging these books by their covers?

Source : http://www.refinery29.com/2014/06/69213/response-to-slate

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