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In the recent Bookish Pet Peeves edition of Top 10 Tuesday, I saw lots of people listing “Crappy book covers” as something that annoyed them. Today those people (and me too!) get to play publisher and remake those book covers that just didn’t do it for us.
1. Pride and Prejudice (1994 edition) – It’s not so much the image that’s bad; it’s the tagline that makes me crazy: “Mom’s fishing for husbands — But the girls are hunting for love…” This tagline is completely misleading: it makes what is arguably one of the best books in English literature sound like a paperback dime novel! Whomever created this cover and that tagline should be fired.
2. Rebecca (year unknown) – What the hell, Mr. Publisher? Du Maurier’s book is a suspense/thriller/gothic, not a trashy romance novel. I suspect this one will make it on to a lot of lists — it’s just too wrong to not mention it.
3. Gone with the Wind (1991 edition) – Again with the naughty novel. Gone with the Wind has its moments of swoony-ness, but overall it’s a sweeping epic, with commentary on slavery and feminism. Why is Scarlett depicted as a half-naked weakling? Obviously this publisher knows nothing about her character.
4. Insatiable (original cover) – I had to stare at this cover for a few minutes before I realized exactly what bugs me about it: Where is her head? It seems like almost every book these days has a picture of an impossibly beautiful girl’s face on it; so why did this publisher go to all the trouble of having an entire body, but no head? It feels kind of creepy and demeaning to me.
5. One of Our Thursdays is Missing (original cover, America) – I don’t really hate this cover, but it doesn’t have the same feeling as the first five novels in the series. I much prefer the British version (pictured second), which has that same insane, imaginative feel as the artwork on the first five books.
6. New Moon (2009 edition) – For the love of all that is holy, get these actors off the book cover! Yes, what’s-his-face is cute, and the other-what’s-his-face looks great without a shirt, and what’s-her-face looks suitably virginal and vapid, but I much prefer the original covers. This goes for all books that follow this route. It’s annoying and distracting and panders to those who were too lazy to read the book first, and are only hopping on the bandwagon now because the movie is popular.
Not a long list, but certainly an all-encompassing one. Obviously I don’t like covers that mislead the reader as to the content of the pages, and I don’t like when companies re-release books after the film version has been wildly successful.
Man, these last few weeks have been real downers. Here’s hoping for a happier list next week!
What book covers drive you crazy?