In the same vein as You Tube sensation Jenna Marbles' rant from a year ago on her addiction to apps, I have found that my recent addiction to quizzes provided by Zimbio and Buzzfeed, among others, has become my favorite time suck. Which means to say I can't seem to stop taking them. I just need to know what character I am!
I can't tell you how many times I've taken a quiz where being a Buffy the Vampire Slayer character was a possible outcome and I got some random character from a show I've never watched. (Side note: BtVS is my favorite show of all time). I've taken quizzes on what kind of magical animal I am: unicorn; what kind of parent I am: helicopter; what kind of regular animal I am: swan; which character from Princess Bride I am: Buttercup; what strong female character I am: Xena, Princess Warrior—with a shady past. And this is the problem. I don't just take the quizzes, I put serious thought into why the hell I got Xena with a shady past. What question did I answer that made it seem like my past is sordid? Why does this matter? I'm Snow from Once Upon a Time, and if I were an eighties action hero I'd be Dalton, apparently played by a shirtless Patrick Swayze. I don't even know what movie this was from, but I'm sure I'd definitely karate chop The Man if he started creating trouble in my town. Dalton it is.
If I were a cartoon dog I'd apparently be Snoopy, and if I were a Sesame Street character I'd be Cookie Monster. But you wouldn't know that from my Facebook timeline because I didn't like the character description of Cookie Monster so I didn't share. That's how ridiculous I am. I didn't want my followers to see an unfavorable character descrip—as if a time sucking, soul sucking quiz saying I'm Cookie Monster is going to change the way people think about me. Or that they'd even stop in their scroll to see what Sesame Street character I actually am. Despite this reasonable realization, you can bet I still won't post the next one I dislike. Then I took a quiz that let me finally be a Buffy character, and I got Willow. I was super excited, but I did it outside Facebook and when I went to post it to my timeline I couldn't remember my password so it never made it to my page. But I'm seriously contemplating taking it again just so I can post it and show everyone that I'm Willow. Because I'm sure everyone is so interested in what character I am. This self-awareness does nothing to stop the addiction or stop me from wanting everyone to know I'm really Willow.
I was a little peeved when a quiz giving me the option of living in either the Buffy, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings universe told me I belonged at Hogwarts. Now don't get me wrong, I love Harry Potter. Read all the books, saw all the movies. But I love Buffy more. So I didn't share it because I was upset. But once I thought about it for awhile, I realized that although I'm obsessed with BtVS, I'd probably much rather be able to use a wand to fight the villains as opposed to a drop kick. So it makes sense, you know?
Do you see how this has gotten serious? I'd like to think I'm not alone, that others are as obsessed with needing to know what character they are that they take every quiz they can. I've got a few friends who seem to be on the borderline of serious addiction, so it does make me feel a little better. That is, until my husband, after scrolling my timeline, asked me if I was going to take a quiz on what kind of chair I am. Even he thinks I have a problem.
Although the quiz fad is dying down, I'm still seeking them out. I have went to Zimbio.com at least three times this week to find new quizzes, like which Supernatural character are you? It was some dude from a later season I haven't seen yet. That was a disappointment. Which Modern Family character are you? Oh right, I already took that one. Gloria. It was way off. It's gotten bad, folks. I'm even taking quizzes I all ready took.
What happens when I'm out of quizzes to do? What will I do then? If I were Catholic I'd be giving quizzes up for Lent. But hey, at least I got a blog topic out of it, right? The addiction can't be that bad if it's helping me in some sort of abstract way. Right? Right?
You might say, that girl has way too much time on her hands. But I honestly don't. I am a mom, a wife, I work a full-time day job, I'm an editor with Booktrope publishing and I'm a writer working on my second book. And yet, here I am. Time suck.
Tell me you're addicted too. Please.
Today, I read an article featuring some of the most disturbing, horrific and hilarious book covers (and titles) to ever have troubled the reading people, which you can read at Bored Panda. So while the old adage says, "you can't judge a book by its cover," I would suggest not turning your readership off all together. On the flip side, I am really into covers recently, and fiction often lends itself to really awesome imagery, especially fantasy and young adult. My obsession comes from the fact that we've recently been working on the cover for my book, Fractured Dream, slated for publication by Booktrope in June. I'm absolutely in love with it and can't wait until I can share it here. But all in good time.
The bottom line, however, is covers. So I decided to showcase a few that for me, are visual orgasms of delight. Stay awhile and take a looksy.
The first book pictured above is book one in the Eve series bye A.L. Waddington. For transparency sake, I am editing this series, although I did not have a part in the editing of this first book. But my involvement in the series has nothing to do with my love of this cover. Mystical, magic visual love! I am editing the second book pictured above, which is also in the Eve series. And you're in luck, because the cover for Enlightened was just revealed on Monday. Both covers were done by the wonderful Greg Simanson, a cover designer with Booktrope Publishing. If I was tweeting I'd call it #coverlove.
The third book pictured is Schasm by Shari Ryan. The author did her own art work and a fantabulous job she did. I didn't edit the above book, which is the first in this series, but I am editing her second book, Frissure Free. I'll post the cover here at some point because it is also beautiful, if not more so than the first. All three have been, or will be, published by Booktrope.
I trolled around for some other visual wonders and found these three, much loved for the contrast of colors, as well as concept. Firebug, the first one pictured, was a a cover reveal featured on Tor.com today. I don't even really know what these books are about, but I'm definitely in the mood to find out.
But wait, I'm not done. More eye candy to come.
The first one, done by Ida Jansson, is just cool. The designer also works for Booktrope, but I nabbed this off her website, where she also does cover design independently. Book two was a random cover found on Goodreads.com. I so rarely see fantasy covers that feature beautifully drawn creatures of magic that I was drawn to it. It appeals to my old school/new school sense of cover art. The third one is also off of Goodreads, and is a contender in their covergasms contest. You can see why.
Although a book can have a great cover and be a dud, it doesn't hurt to stun possible readers by translating your words into vivid works of art. Fantasy or not, covers have power and I'm feeling the magic in these.
K.M. Randall writes fantasy and paranormal for both a general and young adult audience. Her debut novel, an epic fantasy called Fractured Dream, launched in June 2014, and her second book, The Reaper's Daughter, launched May 2015. Randall also published Fairytale Lost, a prequel to Fractured Dream, as an exclusive on Wattpad. She blogs about dreams, female heroines, and activism and its relevancy to the literary and fictional world. And when in the season, sometimes she just likes to talk about Halloween. She is currently hard at work on the second book in the Dreamer Saga series, Shattered World.