In light of the coverflipping discussion on tumblr:
It’s worth remembering that when I announced the cover for The Fault in Our Stars, everyone hated it.
“The design is too minimalistic and everyone does judge a book by its cover.”
“This just feels so bland and unimaginative.”
“No one likes the cover John.”
“After all the nerdfighteria designed covers on Fishingboatproceeds, this cover is hideous, so bleeh, so uninspired, I am going to paste a high quality print of one of the best fan created covers on my preordered copy. 3rd graders have done better covers in art class. In fact I ask an elementary art teacher friend of mine to get her best students on this project. TFIOS deserved a better dust jacket.”
These are comments from my announcement of the cover, which was met with such widespread disgust that I enlisted my lovely wife to defend the cover on her tumblr in hopes of quieting the storm. There are literally thousands of negative comments about the cover in the comments for that video. In six and a half years, no other vlogbrothers video has ever received such negative feedback.