I love music books — specifically, books where the main character is a musician, either solo or in a band. But the real question when a book like this comes out is how the character is going to be portrayed on the cover. I can be very particular when it comes to covers for books that are very character-driven. In Virtuosity, by Jessica Martinez, the main character is a violinist — a concert violinist, who is very highly renowned.
This is the cover of the book that I own:
It’s an okay cover, but I’m not really sure why a book about a musician means “big hair, head back, with a pink … curtain? cape?” And what’s with the ‘o’ being singled out in the title. Really, for me, this cover does nothing to show what the book is about. Sure, it’s eye-catching, but it doesn’t really mean anything when it comes to the book or the characters.
This is another cover that I found for the book:
OK, sure, this one also has a girl on the cover, but she looks a little more tormented and the font is a little more — musical (can a font be musical?). I do really like the colour treatment for this cover, with the dull colours and just the hint of red on her lips, but does it really do anything for what’s inside the flaps?
And lastly, another cover I found:
The funny thing is that this one DOES have a violin on the cover, as well as that almost-musical font, and that treble clef kind of hidden in the background, but it’s really not my favourite cover for the story. Yes, it just screams “THIS IS A MUSIC BOOK!” but there’s something about it that just doesn’t do it for me.
When it comes down to making a choice, I would have to say that the middle cover, even though it really doesn’t have anything besides that “musical font,” is my favourite, the last one being my second favourite, and the first my least favourite. I just feel very torn on this cover!
Which one of these covers do you like best? How do you think the cover for a music book like this one should look?