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Old August 14th, 2010, 5:53 am
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Biweekly Book Thread #7

Welcome to the seventh of our special threads to discuss anything book-related!

This week's great topic and most of the questions come from Bellatrix93. You can give in your topic suggestions for the forthcoming threads too.

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Cover Illustrations
And the impression they give us about books

1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?

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Old August 14th, 2010, 7:13 am
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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?

I think a cover illustration should show something that is relevant to the book, and give readers a feel of what kind of book they are going to read. (For instance, if it's a fantasy/horror book about wizards and ninjas, it should not look like a fairy tale book for children, nor should there be a picture of a swan on the cover unless the swan is important in the story or symbolises something that is important in the story.)

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?

Not really, but I have been embarrassed about reading some books because of the cover illustration. Every time this has happened, the illustration didn't really fit the book, and I felt embarrassed because it didn't look like the kind of book I'd usually read.

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?

I like picturing characters on my own, but what they look like on the cover doesn't change the image I have of them in my head. So I don't mind covers with characters. Unless they don't look like the description of the character given in the book. (Such as this, which is the book I'm reading right now, what age would you suppose he is? He doesn't look 20 to me. And he doesn't look like my image of him at all, really. I don't call that red hair. Not even reddish. Hmph.)

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?

I love the cover of one of my editions of The Hobbit! Here's the front part, but it's wonderful on the back too. I don't know if it's my favourite, because I know I like a lot of other covers as much. Oh, and I love (most of the) covers of Neil Gaiman's books in this style.

As for least favourite, I'm not sure.

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?

Yes. For instance, when it comes to showing the mood in the book (which it is important to me that the cover illustration shows, at least to some extent), most of the illustrations of the Wheel of Time books fail, in my opinion. I quite like some of the illustrations (though not all of them), but I don't know if any of them really shows anything of the feeling that goes through the book. Well, that's the American editions (which you saw an example of above, and here's another one), but the British I quite like. (They're all like this, except the colour changes, and of course the name of the book. Except for the two newest books, they're a bit different, which makes me love them even more despite the fact that I haven't read them yet. )

And, as I said above, I've sometimes felt embarrassed about a book's cover because it's inconsistent with the content in the book. It's only happened with books I've borrowed from the library, though. If I buy a book, I make sure it has a cover I can read in public without feeling like everyone are staring at me.

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?

Uhm, no, never.....! *runs to hide multiple editions of her Tolkien books*

But seriously, not really. At least, not because they have a better cover. More because they have a different cover. And, uhm, mostly just Tolkien books, that's true.


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Old August 14th, 2010, 10:18 am
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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?

It should give a main idea about the book and not give away its content. I prefer an enigmatic simple illustration to an expressive one. This for instance is the type of covers I like.

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?

Yes. Despite the fact that one shouldn't ''Judge a book by its cover'', bad covers stood between me and many good books for a long time. Best example about this, is the Harry Potter series. I thought this illustration looked so silly and I avoided them for a long time. I must say, though, it was a happy chance when my brother gave me the book! . Then I discovered other editions, and one of my favourites is this

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?

I'd rather have the chance of picturing the characters on my own, but I don't mind having. them on the illustrations. Though, if I have the opportunity, I'd get the one without characters.
I wouldn't ever get one with the actors on the cover, though.

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?

One of my many favourites is this one.
And of course I hate this, . It takes away the character of the book in a bad way.

Also, this one is one of my favourites. But sadly this is not the edition I own, .

I just noticed that I tend to go for things with natural scenes..

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?

Probably not. I may have seen books whose cover was a bit cheerful for the story, but not really inconsistent.

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?

I only did that once. Not just because the book had a better cover but it was in another language and that's what I was looking for in the first place.
I usually try to pick my favourite illustration from the first time so I wouldn't have to buy it again. But if new ones were released, I try not to tempt myself into buying them . I'd rather buy new books.


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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?

I think it should capture the mood of the book.

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?

I'm sure it has on several occasions, but I can't think of a specific example offhand.

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?

On the whole, I'd rather picture them on my own, but I'm not that bothered.

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?

I hate the cover of the British children's edition of DH (but I still bought it, because it was £1 cheaper than the adult edition - I'm really not that fussed about covers)

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?

Yes. It's mostly pulp romantic fiction I used to read when I was a teenager, where the people on the cover looked nothing like they were described in the book (e.g. the book said the hero was blond and the cover showed a man with black hair).

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?

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Oh, and I love (most of the) covers of Neil Gaiman's books in this style.
For Neverwhere, my first Gaiman book, I loved this one better!


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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?
I think that the cover should be enough to capture the attention of someone like me who tends to buy books based on covers. It shouldn't give the story away, but make them long to read the book.

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?
Well considering I can't stand the artwork of Darrell K Street (artist for the US Wheel of Time covers), and yet I still read them, no.

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?
I like both. With characters they sometimes help me figure out my own mental picture. Or I read the book and determine that the pictures are nothing like the way that the characters are described in the book.

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?
Favorite - Julie Lessman's book Passion Most Pure. I bought the book on the looks of the cover. The characters on it remind me of Megan Follows from Anne of Green Gables movies and a young Antonio Banderas.
Least favorite - Darrell K Sweet artwork. The people seem misproportioned.

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?
Yup. Can't think of one at the moment though.

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?
Yes! I wanted specific covers for the Lord of the Rings books, so when the movies came out, I kept looking for the set I wanted. Took me til Return of the King came out to find the covers I wanted. and one of my favorite authors has books that get new covers every few years. And I get all excited but the realize I already have that book. Now when a borrowed copy sprouts legs and doesn't return to me, then I will buy the new cover.


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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?

I generally think that the cover should convey the mood/themes of the book but really I don't think there should be any rules about it, some of my favourite book covers are the most abstract.

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?

I was put off reading Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee for a long time because my dad's copy had an awful cover, it was just a slightly creepy looking girl. I read the book eventually though.

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?

I usually prefer them not to as it leaves more scope for the imagination. Personally, I can't help but imagine the characters as they appear on the front.

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?

I used to love Caroline Lawrence's Roman Mystery series and I think part of that was the awesome covers! I have a copy of The Catcher in the Rye which has a completely plain grey cover, I don't like that much.

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?

Not that I can think of. I kind of dislike when a book is made into a film which means the cover has to have a picture of all the famous actors on the front, I think that can be misleading.

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?

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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?
The general feel of the book. If it's aimed for females, then a very feminine cover. If it's humorous, a funny picture on the cover. If it's a mystery, then a pretty dark and foreboding cover. You get the idea.

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?
Sometimes. If I'm not in the mood for any sci-fi or fantasy, the cover usually turns me off because the covers make it so obvious about which genre it's under. But sometimes if the cover of a book isn't interesting, then I don't bother picking it up.

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?
I don't really mind, but I prefer to imagine them on my own.

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?
I really like the Dresden File covers, especially White Knight.

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?
I've seen books that make the subject matter look like it's meant for an older audience or a female audience, but not much more than that.


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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?
I think it should give us a feel of what to expect from the book and should be eye-catching. I like designs that are relevant to the book, not designs that are just pretty but irrelevant.

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?
Oh yes. I didn't read Pride and Prejudice for a long time (Can you believe it? ) because the version I had was an abridged version with an awful cover.

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?
I don't really mind. I like the HP covers with the characters on them. But like some people have mentioned here before, I'd never buy a book which has actors who played the characters in the movie version, on the cover. A lot of my friends love the book cover of P.S. I Love You with Gerard Butler and Hillary Swank (Nothing against the actors, I like them in the movie), but I'd rather buy the original cover.

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?
Lots of favourites:
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Divakaruni - Beautiful cover that is relevant to the book, though the book itself was mediocre.
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama - Excellent cover that gives the feel of the book so very well.
Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of An Empire by Alex Von Tunzelmann - Perfect use of Henri Cartier-Bresson's historic photograph.
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan
India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha - Looking at it closely, it defines not only the title, but the crux of the book and the country it talks about.

I haven't read this book yet, but the cover is awesome - Rude Awakenings of A Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. These are gorgeous and so is this.

Like Bellatrix93, my least favourite covers are these

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?
Yeah, sometimes when they use 'stock' images that well, literally could mean anything, and can be used for any number of books. Like this one.

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?



I've splurged on Pride and Prejudice because of a gorgeous Penguin set that I couldn't resist buying.


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I am a terrible person who judges a book by its cover far too often. Having said that, I prefer a cover to be as plain and straight forward as possible. Eye-catching, but not insulting, and it must tell me something about the book. My favourite cover is from one of my absolute favourite books of all time, Battle Royale.

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It is a perfect representation of the book. You have the red, black and white, a male and female student, it's bleak, it's deperssing, but also gives of a socio-political vibe (IMO). Brilliant.


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Oh yes. I didn't read Pride and Prejudice for a long time (Can you believe it? ) because the version I had was an abridged version with an awful cover.
The cover of my P&P copy was torn, (it had been my dad's when he was in high school), but I avoided Sense and Sensibility for a long time because of its cover. I didn't read it untill after reading P&P.

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I didn't know P&P had one of these, .
I was so upset when I saw the Edward and Bella's favourite book on WH. . (the funny thing, though, is that they forgot Edward didn't like it )


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I didn't know P&P had one of these, .
I was so upset when I saw the Edward and Bella's favourite book on WH. . (the funny thing, though, is that they forgot Edward didn't like it )
They're so annoying. None of those books are anything like Twilight.
Lily, those book covers you posted are all beautiful! If a book cover can entice you to read it then it's doing it's job well. I'm tempted to read all of those.


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Lily, those book covers you posted are all beautiful! If a book cover can entice you to read it then it's doing it's job well. I'm tempted to read all of those.
Exactly! That's how I felt when I saw those books first too But sometimes, these gorgeous covers don't always translate to good books. For instance, this book cover is beautiful, but the book itself was one I disliked. It was too melodramatic and pretentious IMO.

I find it fascinating to see new cover art for classics! It must be challenging for the designer to come up with an innovative cover for a book that a lot of people have already read/know about. It has to add something new to the book, 'repackage' it without taking away the feel and content of the book. Sometimes, it's not very good (like the Twilight-themed classics covers), but this, this and this for instance is amazingly gorgeous


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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?
It should attract people to want to read the book. It should cover the emotion and feel of the story without giving too much away.

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?
Yes. A bad cover may make it so I never want to touch the book. My mom saved her copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz but I never wanted to read it because the cover looked creepy.

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?
I don't mind a cover having characters on them. I don't always imagine the characters they way they are depicted on the cover, but I like looking at them on the cover anyway.

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?
Some of my favorite covers are the original Baby-Sitter Club ones. I like looking at the characters on the cover even if they do a little older than 13.

There is a site I visited once that listed awful book covers. It was hilarious and yes, those covers were awful. When you look at the covers you think because the cover is so awful the story will be, too, even though that's not always true.

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?
Yes. Take a look at the Twilightified classic lit covers. Totally not what's in the book at all.

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?
No.

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(Such as this, which is the book I'm reading right now, what age would you suppose he is? He doesn't look 20 to me. And he doesn't look like my image of him at all, really. I don't call that red hair. Not even reddish. Hmph.)
Reminds me of the Bloomsbury DH cover. Harry looks much older than he really is.


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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?

The literature inside's artistry. What is the author trying to get across?

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?

Yes. When I was very, very little I would see A Series of Unfortunate Events in the kids section all the time and not read them because I thought the cover art was so weird. One day my friend's mom bought me The Bad Beginning because her daughter insisted I read it, and I loved them. That copy she bought me is actually signed by the author now.

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?

It doesn't matter to me.

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?

I really like the Signet Classics cover for George Orwell's 1984. It's a blue eye, and someone "watching you" is a theme that runs throughout the book. The novel chills me and having an eye on the front cover does nothing to prevent that.

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?

For the longest time I thought Krum was Snape on Goblet of Fire's cover. That's not how I imagine Krum at all.

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?

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Sometimes, it's not very good (like the Twilight-themed classics covers), but this, this and this for instance is amazingly gorgeous
No way! Those Twilight style covers are real published editions?! I thought they were just some kind of parody.


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Speaking as a media student who's actually studied this kind of thing (the technical term is Critical Approaches to Media Products, and it's not exactly the best topic in the syllabus), I'll say that a cover illustration is there to establish brand identity (for example the UK editions of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series mostly follow the same principal - logo, and a over the shoulder shot of Percy facing off against some kind of monster that features in the book in question, specifically the Minotaur, (don't actually know what the Sea of Monsters one is due to having the US edition. Stupid Amazon), the third book is an exception, as it shows Percy flying away from Mount Othrys, but it's a return to form for 4 and 5 with Kampe and Kronos.

A book cover illustration should also stand out against it's competitors and whatever books surround it in the store - it's like some kind of open contest with all the books jumping up and down, hands in the air, screaming "pick me! Pick me!" and the better, or rather, more distinctive and memorable a cover is, the better it's doing it's job. Besides, it always helps to have a decent cover on your bookshelf if you're like me and have about a billion books. For example, the Skulduggery Pleasant novel of the same name (also known "The Sceptre of the Ancients") has the title character holding a ball of flame in his hand on the cover. What's so special about this, you ask? Well, Skulduggery's dead. He's a skeletion held together by magic. doesn't even come close to it.

Personally speaking, I think the cover should provide questions the book will answer. For example, the Dresden Files series of novels (well, the US editions at any rate), all involve something or other that crops up in the story at some point. I'm working from memory here, but the first book has a house on the cover, which is the scene of the final battle, and the cover for the latest book (which I haven't read so I may be a tad wide of the mark) involves the title character standing in front of what appears to be Mayan pyramids, which I believe also plays a role in the final battle of the book. I do think they missed a trick with Death Masks though. Should've put a vampire that's been impaled/crushed by a falling frozen turkey on the cover. To quote the title character, that ain't something you see twice.

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Not really, I pay more attention to the blurb if I'm honest. The cover's the opening part of a two parter. The cover should pull you through the door, the blub should make you not want to put the book back on the shelf.

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I don't really mind either way.

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Oh Gods, did you have to ask? You do know my book collection exceeds any bookcase in existance and currently resides in a broken washing basket, a second, smaller box, and under my old desktop PC, yes? That's a lot of books.

If I had to choose, I do love the three series' examples I've already mentioned (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Skulduggery Pleasant and the Dresden Files (US edition covers at least, the UK ones are tame in comparison). Honourable mention to two more Rick Riordan (the guy behind Percy Jackson) novels/series, for his The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid (haven't read it yet though) and his Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero novels. Hey, I don't care who you are, if you see a book cover that involves three kids flying on a gold mechanical robot bird of some kind, you're going to stop and look at it.

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5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?
Certainly nor with any book I've ever read, although arguments could be made for a certain vampiric romance series that's gathered a fandom of late.

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No. I've only ever bought new copies of books twice, both Tolkiens. One was The Hobbit, which I justified because it was the annotated edition, and the other one was The Lord of the Rings itself, which I bought because the front and back cover of my previous, 1136-page omnibus edition, had fallen off.

Wow, that's a long'un, best get a cup of tea before you read that. Apologies in advance.


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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?
Something in relevance to the book and its contents.

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?
Nope. My Lord of the Rings books have no illustrations at all, but I still read them.

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?
I would prefer to imagine the character. If I see a picture of them, it just gets stuck in my head.

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?
I don't have any favourite book cover, but I kind of like the cover of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Least favourite- the Wuthering Heights cover which Bella posted. I remember seeing it in the bookstore in the midst of all the Twilight books, and I nearly died on the spot. Emily Bronte must be rolling in her grave right now.

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?
Yes. The revamped Wuthering Heights. Need I say more?

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?
No.

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Like Bellatrix93, my least favourite covers are these
*headbang* OH MY GOD. What is this monstrosity? I thought the Wuthering Heights one was bad enough. These are terrible!

Pride and Prejudice- The Love that Started it All *headbang*
Romeo and Juliet- The Original Forbidden Love (One word. WHAT?)
Wuthering Heights- Bella and Edward's Favourite Book Don't mind me. I'll just sit here and go crazy.

Seriously though, when I first saw the Wuthering Heights cover in the bookshop, I thought it was a cheap ploy to get teenagers (girls especially) to buy the books.


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1. What do you think a cover illustration should demonstrate?

I guess that editorials design covers to help selling the books. From the POV of a reader... I don't have an opinion. I like some covers and I dislike anothers, often for reasons that have little to do with the book itself. I like covers to be nice, and I sometimes get thrillied when I find a book whose cover is a painting I like, but in general I try to follow the advice from that guy at the end of Farenheit 451: never judge a book by the cover.

2. Has a bad illustration ever averted you from reading a certain book?

Not from reading it, but it has averted me from buying it. If there's another available with a better cover, I try to get the nice one (unless it's very expensive; in that case, I buy the ugly book and cover it with a nice paper)

3. Do you like covers with the characters on them or would you rather picture the characters on your own?

My pictures of characters are usually stronger than any cover, so I don't care very much. If I like the cover character better than *** one I had imaginated, I adopt it. if not, I keep mine.

4. Do you have a favourite and least favourite cover illustration?

Not really, though I admit that the Spanish covers of HP are horrible.

5. Have you ever felt that a certain illustration was inconsistent with the book's content?

Lots of times.

6. Have you ever bought another copy of a book you already have, just because it has a better cover?

Er... no; as I said in #2, I've sometimes bought a different edition with a nicer cover, bu I don't go as far as buying a book I already have.


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Least favourite- the Wuthering Heights cover which Bella posted. I remember seeing it in the bookstore in the midst of all the Twilight books, and I nearly died on the spot. Emily Bronte must be rolling in her grave right now.


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Pride and Prejudice- The Love that Started it All *headbang*
Romeo and Juliet- The Original Forbidden Love (One word. WHAT?)
Wuthering Heights- Bella and Edward's Favourite Book Don't mind me. I'll just sit here and go crazy.
Like Flashmemory said, those classics have nothing to do with Twilight. The covers are quite misleading, take for instance, what is written on WH, Love never dies. I don't think the author intended to show Heathcliff and Catherine's love in a good light. Let alone call Heathcliff's behaviour after her death 'love'. It is plain obsession, imo.

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Seriously though, when I first saw the Wuthering Heights cover in the bookshop, I thought it was a cheap ploy to get teenagers (girls especially) to buy the books.
Well, if they actually read it because of the cover, then I'm not totally upset with those covers. .


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