Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TTT - Book Covers I'd Frame As Pieces of Art

It's time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

I'm not really one of those people who looks at a book cover and goes "Oh my God, that's stunning! I want to stare at it forever". Covers are an important part of selling the reader on a book, but they're not a massive selling point for me. Hell, some of my favourite books have truly hideous covers (any of the US editions of Terry Pratchett, for example), or indescribably boring covers (I've read a lot of classics from the blank-cover-name-on-the-spine-only section of publishing). So while I notice covers, they don't tend to stick with me. 

That said, there are a few covers that I'd love to have framed.

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling (15th anniversary edition)
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JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER. It's glorious. (And fine, technically it's only the cover for *Sorcerer's* Stone, but I REFUSE.)

2. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
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Look, there's a reason why Tolkien's maps and artwork are still used so frequently for the covers of his work: they're incredible and give an amazing sense of the world he created before you even open the book. And yes, I would frame the full cover wrap rather than just the front cover.

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 8): No Future for You - Brian K. Vaughan, Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty
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Okay, so it's kind of cheating because it's a comic book. But whatever, this cover is all kinds of awesome. 

4. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
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I love this cover so much. Even before you get to the illustration, the lettering is gorgeous. 

5. The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens
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Also kind of cheating, because the covers for Penguin Classics are always actual pieces of art. But the painting that they chose for this cover is just so fitting for the story that I can't not include it on my list. (Crap image quality, but the actual painting is Tree Shadows in the Park Wall, Roundhay, Leeds (1872) by John Atkinson Grimshaw)

6. Sabriel - Garth Nix (2014 Allen & Unwin edition, due 1 September)
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Unsurprisingly, given that it was a fantasy book published in the mid-90s, the original cover for Sabriel was pretty freaking awful, and it kind of breaks my heart that it's the cover still used on a lot of e-book versions, because ugh. The covers that the trilogy got in 2003 were a hell of a lot better, but this cover? This cover is SPECTACULAR.

7. These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
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Glorious. One of the few covers that's made me stop and just stare at it for a while because it's so pretty. 

8. Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
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So simple but so stunning.

9. Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor
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I love this cover so much more than the US editions and their faces in feathery masks. It doesn't say a whole lot about the story, but it sure is pretty! 

10. The Lollipop Shoes - Joanne Harris
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This was published in the US as The Girl With No Shadow, for some bizarre reason, and the cover for it there is pretty gross. This cover, on the other hand? I love this cover so much. It's absolutely perfect for the story. 

What covers would you frame?

K xx

15 comments:

  1. Wilhelmina UptonMay 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Your list i sso different from mine (which will go up in about an hour) but I really like your selection. The German Harry Potter books all have beuatiful covers as well, and I liked them better than the English ones. So, it makes me sad my books are split, first 4 are in German and the rest in English, looks a bit weird.

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  2. I wanted to put These Broken Stars on my list too, but I had a feeling it'd be everywhere. ;) I LOVE IT THOUGH. And also that HP edition. Sooo beautiful. And basically all of Laini Taylor's covers are gorgeous. LOVE your picks!

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  3. Who cares if its cheating, buffy is awesome, of course it should be on a list!

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  4. Cinder and These Broken Stars do have a really striking cover! Great list :-)

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  5. I looooooove all the new paperback covers for the HP series. They are so fabulous.

    I also really dig that Sabriel cover.

    The UK versions of of the Laini Taylor books are soooooo pretty even though I don't understand what they have to do with the series.

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  6. Reviews from a BookwormMay 7, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Great covers! HAHA!!! I REFUSE TOOOOOOOOO!!! I love those covers, but I am holding out for Bloomsbury's new covers because they will get the title right and I'm hoping they will be just as amazing. I love the UK covers more than the US ones, I really don't like the ones with masks on. Nice picks :) Here's my TTT.

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  7. Beautiful covers! I love the cover of These Broken Stars too.

    http://crushingcinders.com/?p=723

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  8. I like all the 15th anniversary covers, but Philosopher's Stone is the only one that I LOVE. Although I *DO* like that the spine art forms Hogwarts!

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  9. Seriously, the new covers for the whole of the Abhorsen series are STUNNING OMG. And yeah, I'm right there with you on having no idea what they have to do with the series.

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  10. Yeah, it really is on almost every list I've seen! Great minds think alike and all that...

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  11. Oh man, that would make me so twitchy........

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  12. Wilhelmina UptonMay 9, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    It does but at least they fit together in their respective languages. That's something.

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