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Never judge a book by its cover

 “Never judge a book solely by its cover’, used to be a popular saying, used to market any book that was innovative and exciting. This is a popular phrase employed by comic book creators or sci-fi authors, as well as children’s authors. I can remember as a child often seeing comic book covers in supermarkets, waiting for the release of the next comic book. My mom would frequently inquire regarding the cover of a certain comic to determine if she could buy it.

Let’s return to the subject of the first article: “Never judge a book’s cover.” In actual fact, the phrase never evaluate a book solely by its cover is not so popular as it used to be. I think it’s been snubbed by its former adage. Perhaps because people have come to recognize the carefully constructed, targeted marketing smears of the contemporary industry. Marketing experts say this is due to the influence of advertising and the media that have destroyed the joy of reading a good affordable, accessible book. Let’s take a look at this concept of offering a cover closer…

Don’t judge a book’s cover. A well-known DVD film known as “The Hangover” was released in 2008. Will Smith starred in the film. Jason Statham plays a character in the film. He says, “It’s always more to discover the real you rather than the image of the REAL YOU.” I believe that we should not judge the book by its cover. It’s not just based on its message, but also because of how it looks in our faces.

The expression “it’s always better to see the real you, than to see the image of the real you” is a quote from James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The phrase “It’s always better to look at the real you, rather than to see the image of the real you” is taken from Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses. In the first part of the novel Joyce invites Joyce visit his country home with his family. While at home, Joyce reflects on the passing of his father, who had just passed away from heart attacks. He is in his kitchen and says, “It is better to look at the real me rather than the image of the real me.” As you can see, the final sentence in this chapter implies that if you love your dad you should wish him the best in his journey. It also suggests that you would be grateful to have seen him.

A Toronto bookstore owner noticed someone standing up to say that it’s better to see the real person rather than the image of him. A different person said, “You can’t always get what you want. I don’t intend to teach you anything other than what I’ve learned. A different person said, “It is common sense that if someone is in need of something, they will receive it.”

Both arguments are valid, I believe. It is our job to decide what is realistic and what is not. It isn’t realistic to judge a book by the cover. People often buy a book based on the cover and even have no interest in the contents of the book. Some people judge books based on their covers. However it is not always the case.

I’m not sure how anyone would use the “idiom” to justify not reading or buying the book. Would someone be able to say that they don’t like the cover? Sure. Would someone be able to say they don’t like the author because of this specific “idiom”?

Again I respectfully disagree. As a professor of rhetoric for more than thirty years, I have been asked numerous times “Why do people say ‘It’s always better to see the world as is,’ and ‘You can’t look at the world as it is.’ Are you able to say that you can look at the cover of a book to determine its contents? No. It’s not.

sandyfreese

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