Before you read this blog, watch the short video from the miniseries "The Young Pope". Did you watch it? What did you think? At the time, I had a free trial from HBO to tune into the show, so I figured I'd watch a few episodes. When I watched this particular scene, I found myself playing the guessing game with the characters. I wanted to know the answer. What was the "invisible red thread" that tied together all the people the Pope mentioned? His answer was that none of those people allowed themselves to be seen. That answer stuck with me, especially when it came to book covers.
My theory is that some of the most popular books don't have people on them. They have symbols or objects. The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey are two examples just to name a few. I'm sure you can name some more examples. I enjoy having people on my book covers, but sometimes I have to compromise with premade covers. I just might opt for symbols and objects in the future. So, book covers with people or no people? What's your verdict?