You’ve seen a few of my cover features where I’ll talk you on a path down different covers from an author’s career. This time, I wanted to take one cover of a book that’s been around for 31 years and show the different iterations.
Most readers know this book, but I don’t know how many have actually read it. I read this book when I was in 7th grade, which I probably wouldn’t recommend. Although the cover’s changed a lot and now is actually marketed at teens, I’m still not entirely sure on the teen appeal of it. You be the judge:
I hope someone can provide a little expertise for me. While looking up some covers, I stumbled across this one. Can we just say this one is totally not at all indicative of the story? This is too much like a romance and too little like a horror novel. And the color seems way inappropriate. I think this is a recent Canadian cover, but can anyone verify?
And one in Spanish. Doesn’t this cover kind of remind you a bit of Independence Day?
What would we do if this book didn’t just have a girl on the cover? The wind and the coloring of the sky behind give this a nice spooky touch, even if the girl tells us nothing. Notice, too, she’s Virginia Andrews here and not V.C.?
This is today’s cover, and it’s sold in a two-volume collection. You can find this sold in the teen sections of your local bookstore, too. While it’s got teen appeal, the cover’s the same as a few others (check back soon for that feature) and I’m not sure how today’s teens will feel about the story. Is it still horror? I would love to know what they think. All I can tell is that hipsters are using a key movie promotion image for clothing, which bothers me just a bit.
I know I’m interested in picking it up again and reliving the story that haunted me for years.
Which cover appeals most or captures the book the most for you? Do you know of other covers (US or foreign)? Share them in the comments!