Thursday, November 20, 2008
What's In A Cover?
Occasionally, I get in a weird contemplative mood about book covers. Especially the Uglies series. And Narnia. But today I noticed that Gone With The Wind has gotten a new face lift. Have you seen the 2008 cover for the mass market edition? If you have, what do you think of it?
For reference, here is another newish edition--Amazon reveals this one as the 2007 cover. Of the two, I prefer the nice blue one. It looks classier. The other looks like a bodice-ripper. I like the calming blue tone too. Gone With The Wind--more often than not always plays to the red and orange tones. I suppose that is in reference to passion and/or the burning of Atlanta. See what I mean:
and this one...
Both of those draw on inspiration from the movie. Something I don't particularly care for. The book is so very different from the movie. It's so much better really. And I like covers that are able to make the distinction. (Note: I do like the movie. I'm not saying I don't appreciate it. But it's just not the book. I like to keep the two clearly separated.)
Which is why the original cover seems the classiest and most grown-up to me.
It looks like it's a serious book. A book for grown-ups. A book for women and men. A book that is about much more than a story of love unrequited.
Which of these covers (if any) speak to you? Which say read me, read me? What ones do you think do the most justice to the content of the book? Do you find any of the covers limit the audience too much?
For the record, it was never the cover that drew me into reading Gone With The Wind. My first copy had no jacket to admire. Just turquoise-blue-worn splendor. See its condition now:
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