It’s a saying so old I probably don’t even have to write it. But I will anyway: Never judge a book by its cover. The powers that be have created this phrase in an effort to teach us to be open-minded about what we read. I’m not sure how well it has succeeded. I’ve chosen several books solely based on a well-executed cover design. (Yes, guilty as charged! Don’t act like you haven’t done the same.)
But memoirs are a whole different story. (No pun intended.) Memoir covers typically feature a picture of the subject. How hard can that be? There shouldn’t be a lot of quick judging, right? Wrong. As The Huffington Post reminded me with its photo gallery, a simple memoir cover can go oh-so-very wrong with one poorly chosen photo.
I have to say I’m a fan of the 11 book covers that made the cut. They’re all pretty awful. (And the Hoff made the list TWICE!) But my favorite has to be Dennis Rodman’s Bad As I Wanna Be cover. I have one word for you, Dennis. Ewww. (Judgement earned.)
Who you do think deserves an award for the WORST memoir cover ever? And what covers did the HuffPo leave off its list?