Judging Books By Their Covers

badCoverThere are whole websites dedicated to bad book covers, because it is so easy to make wretched cover.  But it isn’t really all that fair to make fun of some poor self-published author who had to make do with Microsoft Paintbrush and some public domain art.  But this post at Flavorwire proves that even the finest of books, world-bestriding classics, can end up with horrible covers.  Which makes me feel good, for some reason.

~ by smwilliams on March 29, 2013.

3 Responses to “Judging Books By Their Covers”

  1. This post made me laugh so hard. But the kitten and briefcase are really blowing my mind. Although Crime and Punishment was freakin awesome. I wonder how long it took to set up that scene?

    • Yes, Crime and Punishment is at least sort of true to the book, in a way (and just wonderfully skewed). My favorite is “Turn of the Screw” because it raises so many questions: One, obviously is the confusion between concrete and metaphor, but more to the point, that image is a nut and two wrenches – not a screw to be seen. That image had to have been made specifically for the book, because why would anyone photograph a stock image of a couple wrenches fiddling with a nut, with no bolt? That’s not how wrenches work. Which raises the question of why they didn’t just go with a stock photo of a screwdriver.

  2. They do make you wonder… o_O

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