The other night, pre-viral infection, I was in a bookstore and was stopped in my tracks by a book I’ve looked at too many times in too many similar covers: Wuthering Heights. It was face out and had a beautiful cover design, full of color, with a Tim Burton-esque rendering of Cathy on the front cover. I took it down off the shelf to see the wraparound from back to front, a whole landscape of the book done in the same style really, and was really toying with the idea of buying the book just for that cover. I put it back, though, and then suddenly, five minutes later, found myself stopped once again, this time by another stunning cover on another classic standard, The Scarlet Letter. Quickly I began to search the shelves to see how many others had been designed this way, and the only other one that I discovered was Pride and Prejudice. All of them had been designed by fashion designer Ruben Toledo through Penguin Classics. You can take a look at them by clicking this sentence and visiting a website that has more info on the designs, but really, come back and tell me what you think of them. Am I crazy for loving these new spins on familiar novels? Or are they refreshing, as my own instincts and sensibilities decree? I have a feeling they’ll be that sort of thing where people either love ’em or hate ’em.
Sort of like how people are reacting to the movie Paranormal Activity. 🙂
Oh heck, why don’t I make use of that nice polling function wordpress offered a year ago?
And while we’re at it, why not another? (I’m starting to feel like my friend Chance, who holds regular polls on her livejournal). This one about Paranormal Activity, which I did manage to see. Uh, I guess if you haven’t seen it, there is a spoiler in the poll, so just a warning.
Now back to recovery.