Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cover = less exposure, getting banned but great story


Would like to get your opinion on this please.

Have you came across a book that intrigued you but the cover almost put you off?  Did you read and think, wow, great story, to bad the cover won't sell the book?

I have just came across this on LibraryThing and was intrigued.  I thought let me read a few pages and I surprisingly was completely pulled in, I read 50% of Part 1 in one sitting, I had to put it aside for reviews though, can't wait to get back to it. 

Unfortunately in a World where books get Banned I wish this one was conservative because it could be in libraries, or get more exposure overall.  And I am extremely open minded so if it made me think, my goodness I can only imagine.

Taken from Amazon..... Permanent Obscurity: Or a Cautionary Tale of Two Girls and Their Misadventures with Drugs, Pornography and Death by Richard Perez

A youthful bohemian satire, a story of alienated nonconformists, a "girls on the lam" story, a sexploitation and S/M romp. Welcome to the psychosexual world of PERMANENT OBSCURITY. Inspired by the underground sexploitation films of the 1960s, this bold updating of the "roughie" subgenre largely takes place in New York City's East Village (circa 2006), and it chronicles the rise and fall of a unique and intense relationship. Dolores and Serena, two chemically dependent, down-and-out artists set out to take control of their lives by making a fetish-noir/femdom movie. Of course, things don't exactly turn out as planned.


Whereupon we are introduced to Dolores and Serena and their kinky shenanigans.


Whereupon Dolores and Serena grapple with relationship/sexuality issues, life-threatening drug dealers, irreversible money woes. Culminating in a desperate attempt at making a so-called "femdom" film.


So here is the test.
A)  are you intrigued by the story at all?
B)  click here for the cover
C)  are you still intrigued, turned off, offended, what was your reaction?
Look out for my review early December.


  1. Eeek!
    I hate the cover and the text does nothing for me.

    But I know what you mean.
    I hate when I love the premise and the cover doesn't match my expectations.

    It's crazy how important a cover can be.

  2. The story doesn't sound like anything I would be interested in reading, and the cover totally reinforces that idea! That is a horrible cover.....

  3. I've seen this book on LT too and while I don't think it would interest me in any case, the cover is a real turn-off!

  4. Thanks for responding Ladies,

    I knew many wouldn't be interested in the story, understandable, so far it is just about a journey not vulgar at all and just a snap shot of that sexual lifestyle but not enough details to make anyone uncomfortable, "I think". It is shame with the cover choice though, that is even less interest. The title is what got my interest.

  5. I saw this on Netgalley and wasn't that interested, the cover was a bit odd, but didn't put me off, the description did.

    Tomes Devotee

  6. Story blurb doesn't interest me...

    Cover doesn't interest me...

    It makes such a difference, when I'm at the library browsing, I am definitely attracted to books that have a nice cover, to at least pick it up to read the title and the blurb. Then if the blurb doesn't interest me, I put it back down...


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