One of the most frequently used sayings in the English language is “Never judge a book by it’s cover” or “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This compares people to bound sheets of literature. The idea of this saying is that you shouldn’t make assumptions on the character of a person based on their outward appearance the same way you shouldn’t assume what a book about by merely looking at its cover. That said, you can tell a lot about a book based on its cover. For example, if a book is called “Goodnight Moon” it’s most likely not about sadomasochistic relationships. If a book is yellow and black and says “For Dummies” on it you can assume it’s not aimed toward intellectuals. These are things you can rightfully assume by merely looking at a book’s cover. Sometimes making these assumptions can save you the time you’d waste reading a book from the start only to realize what you initially guessed long before you opened it. The revision I would make to this saying is “Never ONLY judge a book by it’s cover.” Of course you can use someone’s appearance to make judgments about them, it would be stupid not to, but in addition to that you should take a look at their reviews on Amazon as well as the plot summary. Once you take all that in you should be able to make a reasonably informed guess on what they’re about.
|If you judge books by their covers you might assume this book is boring.|