I'm completely guilty of judging books by their covers. Can you blame me? Who doesn't love beautiful design or images? But, thanks to my magazine design course last semester, now "content-driven design" is also forever burned into my brain.
So while I watched this episode I got really worked up by the works that had nothing to do with the corresponding book's content.
Maybe because Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books (and because I admittedly haven't read any of the other books) , I didn't like either of these pieces. More so, I felt like neither of them gave the book's content any consideration. Judith complained that she is a fine artist, not someone who designs book covers. OK, but couldn't you at least try to tell a story with your work? I'm sure that's nothing new for any artist.
I care less about whether something is "low" or "high" art than whether it's interesting. I'm a sucker for great design and interesting images. That's why on my bedroom wall you'll find something like this: