Do any of you guys ever get irritated with the designs inside books?
This makes it so much harder to read! I didn't notice it in Maggie Stiefvater's The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy at first--Shiver's font was a dark blue... but then I noticed it in Linger. I noticed the dark yellow in Legend and the dark red in Anna Dressed in Blood--why? Do any of you guys enjoy it? I understand that it's often done to match the cover, but there's a reason why so many papers and textbooks are printed in black and white. I don't know. It just seems like such a big risk for the publisher to take unless there are a lot of people who think it adds to the aesthetics.
2. Swirly Designs at Each Chapter Break
This is probably the most common out of all of them. I first saw it with the Iron Fey series, then Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy, and then with Incarnate. I liked the butterfly designs in Incarnate, because the butterfly was symbolic of the book... and the ouroburos in the Prophecy of the Sisters was also symbolic, but having that on every page of the paperback freaked me out a bit.
3. Unusual Font
The font in Hush, Hush really bothers me. It feels pretentious, and I'm not sure what it's supposed to add? Another example is the diary selection in Blood Magic. Sometimes there are writing selections, and I don't know about you guys, but I prefer it if those were just done in italics and not a curvy font that's way harder to read.
What do you think? Do you think these extras have any value?