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Monday, April 25, 2022

TTT: Weirdly terrible classic book covers.

Top Ten Tuesday: These are really terrible covers of famous classic novels. They all seem to miss the mark on so many levels...themes, aesthetics, general appeal, you name it.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Barnes and Noble Classics, 2005. Okay, I take it the monster had teeth but is that the main point of his creation?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Heinemann Educational Books, LTD., 1966. Was this the school version used by students in the 1960s? Where are Scout, Jem, and Bo Radley?

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, CreateSpace Publishing, 2009. Way too modern for the story and why is someone self-publishing this book which is still in print?

Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Mass Market Publishing, 2003. The cover conveys chaos, but what is that brown beaver-looking thing in the middle? Ugly.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Penguin Classics, 2009. The cover isn't ugly, it just doesn't seem to have anything to do with the story. Odd.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Penguin Classics, 2000. Upsetting and ugly. I couldn't read this version of the story because of the cover.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Vintage Classics, 2016. Weirdly colorful and cheery, which doesn't seem to match the story at all. Perhaps because the book begins with the purchase of flowers?

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Modern Library Classics, 2004. The placement of the book's title is so odd. Why is it placed right over his head?

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, Public Domain Books, 1998. What the heck is this supposed to be? It is so weird it makes me laugh.

Dracula by Bram Stoker, Oxford University Press, 2011. Um, isn't this the wrong monster?



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