*Pulling up more old topics*
I honestly don't remember if the AF books' covers had an impact on my reading them, but I guess they might have, at least in picking the book up. I'm pretty sure I first saw Artemis Fowl when I was browsing in a bookstore (back then, I would get off from college in the early afternoon, then ride Trax to meet my dad at his work, and while I was waiting for him to come down from his office, I'd always poke around the nearby Barnes and Noble), and I was looking for something I might get on audiobook at my library to listen to while I worked on art homework.
I was looking for something geared toward a somewhat younger audience (a bit like HP, Goosegirl, Pendragon, etc., I suppose, with interesting characters, apparently-simple-but-actually-complex plot, but none of the adult stuff I was sick of at the time), actiony and so on, and some of the AF covers have that. But generally with books what gets me to give it a chance is mostly in the description on the back. In this case, I remember at the time I wasn't too interested in fairies, and I was also not generally as interested in the books starring younger characters (I tended to prefer mid-teens to that of pre-teen), but the twist of having the twelve-year-old main character being a criminal mastermind drew me in.
I think the cover I saw for the first book was possibly this one:
But I'm not entirely sure. But I do know that's definitely the kind of cover that would have drawn me in.
This is probably my favorite series of covers:
I think these are the ones that would be most likely to get me to pick up the books and read the inside covers if I wasn't familiar with the series now. I love beautiful artwork like this that really gives you a picture of the characters, and seems to give it a sense of sophistication and realism that a series like AF deserves. (But I also like the Russian covers, because I just love that style of art.)
Although, these ones which came out for the Chinese edition fairly recently are absolutely brilliant:
books 1 and 2: http://axxonu.deviantart.com/art/Artemis-Fowl-book1-2-460954085
books 3 and 4:http://axxonu.deviantart.com/art/Artemis-Fowl-book3-4-463604019
books 5 and 6:http://axxonu.deviantart.com/art/Artemis-Fowl-book5-6-463608865
books 7 and 8:http://sharksden.deviantart.com/art/Artemis-Fowl-book7-8-465396071
And the covers all merge together to form a scroll:http://sharksden.deviantart.com/art/Artemis-Fowl-12345678-472548257
I think if the AF series was to come with an English version featuring these covers, I might just have to buy some. X3 (I really wish I could have gotten my hands on that wallscroll at least, haha.)