The Greatest Literary Controversy Of The Last Century
Today’s topic is one that I’m almost scared to even broach on this blog.
It’s a topic that has divided families and ripped apart marriages. It’s a topic that, to date, has been avoided by both politicians and political analysts–a topic so controversial that abortion, capital punishment, and gun control seem like light-hearted discussions of the weather.
As I write this, my hands are sweaty and my thoughts are jumbled–so strong is my reaction to this divisive topic.
Make sure you’re sitting down while reading today’s post, friends.
Because, today, we’re talking about dust jackets.
If you’ve ever owned a hardback book, then you know the dust jacket. It’s the paper “jacket”—usually with a fancy design—that protects your book from, well, dust. You can also use it as a bookmark.
So, yes, the dust jacket does serve practical purposes.
But the question is–do you keep the dust jackets on your hardcover books, or do you take them off? And, if you remove the dust jackets, why?
Because you’re displaying them on your bookshelf and you think the books look better without them? Because the flimsiness of the dust jacket just annoys you? Because you’re embarrassed by the half-naked, muscular boat captain with shoulder length hair who is caressing what appears to be a female pirate on the cover of the novel?
And is this a hard-and-fast rule, or do you veer from it on occasion–like maybe when a book has a really well done dust jacket, and you just can’t bring yourself to remove it?
If you are pro-dust jacket, why is that? Do you appreciate the design, the practical use? What is it about the dust jacket that you like?
Me, well, I’m generally anti-dust jacket. I don’t mind them with smaller novels, like the version of Pale Fire I’m reading right now. But, for some reason, with larger books—like Gone With The Wind and Infinite Jest—the dust jackets tend to get loose and ripped up and are just generally annoying.
So I’m a hater. I’m an anti-dust jacketite.
Now it’s your turn. Today, declare your allegiance once and for all…
Are you pro-dust jacket or anti-dust jacket?