How do you feel about illustrations in your books? Graphs? Photos? Sketches?
It depends on the material really.
For non-fiction, I like having a section of photos in the center of the book or with various parts of the text so I can get an idea of what the people looked like or actual photos from the setting or event. I just read the non-fiction book “The Immortal Life of Harietta Lacks” and the photos in the center that showed us the various parties that were detailed in the book were very helpful. I think the same can be said of graphs in a non-fiction book. It’s all about them being well used, I think. Also, I don’t want them to overwhelm the text.
In fiction, it depends really. I do like illustrations in some book. I’m re-reading Stephen King’s “The Gunslinger” for a book group and I like the paintings that are included at various points in the story. They add something to the world. However, there are some books were I prefer not to have illustrations and allow my own imagination to fill in the details. It’s almost like having a movie version of your favorite book made–the people chosen to portray the characters often don’t look like you imagined them while reading.