Earlier this year, I attended a beginner's class on reading the tarot, and while this class helped me better understand Rider-Waite symbology, I still wasn't interested in the cards themselves. They seemed very dull to me, and the Rider-Waite I had stayed mainly unused even after the class.
So, I packed up several decks that hadn't made sense to me, took them to a metaphysical store that buys used decks, and went hunting. Then I saw the Diamond Tarot.
This deck could suck for a beginner, because while it uses Pamela Colman Smith's illustrations for the R-W, they are reduced in size and set into a fractal-like border. The border sometimes includes obvious symbols from the particular card it surrounds, but most often reflects an assumed mood from the card. Also, the colors of the cards have been, I presume, digitally enhanced a tad so they don't appear quite as flat. The whole deck just seems livelier without being painful to look at.
My reaction to this deck was "oooooooh," a reaction that I have not had before or since to any other R-W deck. Diamond is Rider-Waitey enough to feel familiar and like a good workhorse deck, but pretty enough for me to want to work with it. Whodda thunk?
So, if you've pretty much given up on Rider-Waite as not being able to call to you, go to a new-agey store that has deck samples on display and see if they have the Diamond Tarot. Or find a deck review website that contains pictures. I think you'll find the research worth your while.