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November 12: Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign
1. Anne of Green Gables; L.M. Montgomery. This book is clearly a redesign itself–but it’s so terrible, you really wonder what they were thinking. That is so clearly not Anne on the cover, it’s not even funny.
2. Back in Black; Lori Foster. So reading romance novels is a guilty pleasure–these are cotton candy books, sweet with little substance. But do the covers have to be so embarrassing? I’m also weirded out by the cut off/blacked out head trend. I know it allows the imagination to view the main character, but it looks odd.
3. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath. Another odd redesign. Sometimes they look fresh and new, and sometimes you just can’t understand the thinking process behind them. I’ve seen so many covers that worked better–a little out of focus, a little sad, a little creepy. This looks far too shallow and colorful for the book.
4. Holes; Louis Sachar. I like this book, but I have no idea what’ going on with the guy in front. Is that Stanley? If so, what happened to him? The moonscape-like holes work for me, but the rest is too distracting.
5. Jane Eyre; Charlotte Bronte. This just doesn’t look like my mental image of Jane at all. And I don’t find it pretty, either.
6. Lord of the Flies; William Golding. Ok, eww… How does this reflect the story, really? I mean, yes, I can get where they’re coming from, but this just isn’t right.
7. Magic to the Bone; Devon Monk. This is another basic ‘why did you do that’ category. Female models in odd poses. Why are we getting a good look at the heroine’s butt? Why? I’m not sure this is an impossible pose, but it doesn’t look comfortable.
8. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Seth Grahame-Smith. Is this a zombie Elizabeth Bennett? Why? Why is she so oddly perfect in some places and so decayed in others, with only a small splash of blood. Why the red eyes?
9. Resenting the Hero; Moira Moore. One, this is not an accurate representation of the characters. Two, there’s something odd about some of those body poses.
10. Tempest Rising; Nicole Peeler. It’s like some odd, mishmash tattoo cover–some elements make sense, some less so.