Monday, February 09, 2009
This week it's all about judging books by their covers! Pick a book--any book, really--and search out multiple book cover images for that book. They could span a decade or two (or more)...Or they could span several countries. Which cover is your favorite? Which one is your least favorite? Which one best 'captures' what the book is about?
Because I am (slowly) reading Anna Karenina, and also because I hate the cover of the edition I'm reading, I decided to see what all is out there.
This is my copy:
I actually had to show it to my friend Rochelle, because I couldn't figure out what it was! Once I had the thought of what it looked like (but also what I knew it couldn't be) in my head, I couldn't see anything else. Luckily, Rochelle recognized the knees in the picture. However, now I know why the book came with this obnoxious Oprah sash strategically placed:
This next cover isn't much better. Yes, yes Anna...we get it. You have cleavage. Now please put that shawl around you. Isn't it supposed to be cold in Russia?
I actually like this one, although it's clearly a modern picture. The dress is way too short for Anna's time. And she looks like she's in prison. But I like it.
Here's Anna looking like an invalid:
And an audio book image. Couldn't they find a train that was a little more evocative of the age?
Whoa...what do we have here? Dig those sideburns.
Hmmm, not bad...
In England, it's not about the cleavage, evidently it's all about the back. Ooooooh, and note the scary train.
Anna, Anna, Anna...this is not a good look for you. I think you need a new shade of lipstick.
Here we have the gothic look:
Hey, flowers again. And more cleavage.
Anna in a reflective moment. Whatcha thinkin' about, Anna?
And this one has a bit of a Russian look...maybe it's the hat?
And finally, the understated version, in which we get to use our imagination.
After looking at all those scary renderings of Anna, I think I like this last one the most. And its boring! My own copy remains my least favorite, simply because the knees do not look like knees. Although the profile shot with the lips is quite scary, too. Someone needs to design a cover that does Anna justice!
(Apologies if the spacing is off in this post...too many pictures and Blogger wigs out. And for once, I'm not going to fight it.)