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Updated: 2017-11-16T15:16:11.240-08:00

 



Thanks! It was fun to do.

2010-10-11T14:46:14.305-07:00

Thanks! It was fun to do.



That was one of the funniest things I've ever ...

2010-10-11T11:58:09.590-07:00

That was one of the funniest things I've ever read!!!

Oh dear...Kiera.... *chortle!*



Re: Steven, That Fight Club cover is wonderful. ...

2010-09-30T13:45:54.215-07:00

Re: Steven,

That Fight Club cover is wonderful.

BRAD PITT

EDWARD NORTON

HELENA BONHAM CARTER

...are not in this book, because it's a book, not a movie.



And also 'London Boulevard'. I'm waiti...

2010-09-19T15:24:06.863-07:00

And also 'London Boulevard'. I'm waiting to get good scans of all the movie covers of these books, and then I'll do a follow-up.



Completely agree. I was starting to think I'd ...

2010-09-19T05:14:51.977-07:00

Completely agree. I was starting to think I'd walked into a cinema rather than bookstore. You can now add two more book covers to Keira's dominance - Tender is the Night, Beautiful and the Damned and Never Let Me Go to the list. It must be those cheekbones.

Breakfast at Tiffany's cover with Audrey Hepburn is the only one that I don't mind.



That sort of renaming is incredibly irritating, es...

2010-08-24T15:31:54.890-07:00

That sort of renaming is incredibly irritating, especially when the film-makers claim to be true to the source.



Great post! I was particularly annoyed by that Fre...

2010-08-24T13:05:36.390-07:00

Great post! I was particularly annoyed by that French cover for Richard Yates' "Revolutionary Road". The French book title is "La fenêtre panoramique" but the Sam Mendes movie title is "Les Noces rebelles"... so in the end they just put both titles on the cover! http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410IRLM8k2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg



Steven: That cover is a truly awful mess--the way ...

2010-08-21T17:19:02.767-07:00

Steven: That cover is a truly awful mess--the way the actors take precedence over the author is appalling.

Craig: I apologise for not responding earlier to your thoughtful, lucid comments. Somehow it didn't show up in my email. But I think you're right on all counts.



Not only for the cheesy movie tie-in but also for ...

2010-08-21T15:00:06.265-07:00

Not only for the cheesy movie tie-in but also for sheer bad design, this is one of the worst I've seen: http://www.flickr.com/photos/srharris/4847180225/



I have a bizarre fascination with tie-in books, bi...

2010-03-05T13:45:53.250-08:00

I have a bizarre fascination with tie-in books, bizarre because I fucking hate them and yet I'm still interested in them. Kind of like a Hitler biographer, I guess.I'm not sure which I love (hate) better: the tie-in using the title of the movie, or the tie-in advertising in garish lettering its association with the movie. I think there's an interesting difference between the Die Hard books. Roderick Thorp's Nothing Last Forever was reprinted as an official Die Hard paperback tie-in with the Die Hard title and a still from the movie, with "Formerly titled Nothing Last Forever" printed in tiny lettering at the bottom.On the other hand, there's an unofficial paperback tie-in of Walter Wager's 58 Minutes, with "Basis for the movie Die Hard 2: Die Harder" printed in large red lettering right in the middle of the cover within a bright yellow banner, with "This book is not authorized, endorsed, or sponsored by the producers of Die Hard 2: Die Harder" printed on the copyright page. I guess getting official approval doesn't really matter as long as you get the title of the movie on the cover.Which of these two is worse? The movie poster, or the original cover with "NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM LOWEST COMMON DEMONINATOR ENTERTAINMENT" printed either on the cover or on a sticker that you can't remove without leaving sticky adhesive behind? Granted, we're talking about the freaking Die Hard novels here and not Melville or Nabokov, but the point remains the same.(Sidenote: is the "NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE" thing necessary on covers that use the poster? And why do they use the term "major motion picture" even when it's a low-budget indie movie that played in two theatres for one week before going to DVD? Also: "A Major Television Series"? Shows like Lost and 24 can be called a major television series, maybe, but a Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of Doctor Zhivago?)Another tie-in favorite of mine: short story collections. Nevermind that Minority Report and Paycheck have almost nothing to do with the Philip K. Dick stories they're based on; even if they were extremely faithful, only a tiny fraction of those collections actually feature the stories advertised on the covers. See also Stephen King's Different Seasons, republished as Apt Pupil: A Novella in Different Seasons to tie into the Apt Pupil movie. Then there are tie-ins that remove the other stories from a collection, publishing only the story the movie is based on. You can buy a paperback of King's The Mist for $6.99, or a paperback of Skeleton Crew, the collection in which The Mist was originally included, for $7.99. They even put "Previously Published as a Novella in Skeleton Crew" on the cover of The Mist, daring you to buy it instead of the collection.I'm in total agreement about new movie posters vs. old. Take for example the two movies based on Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1960's Plein Soleil and 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley. One of them I wouldn't mind at all having on the cover of the book, and the other I would hide in shame. No cookies for guessing which. Then again, some new movies have both good posters and bad: to continue using Highsmith as an example, do a Google Image search for "Ripley's Game poster" and try to guess which one I wouldn't mind seeing on the cover of the book.Sorry for the long and indulgent post, but man, I can't get enough of this stupid crap.[...]



this was truly hilarious. thank you

2010-01-22T21:41:33.772-08:00

this was truly hilarious. thank you



That's a good point about Atonement. And thank...

2009-12-15T14:06:17.291-08:00

That's a good point about Atonement. And thank you for the Marie Antoinette cover link--an excellent example. I somehow doubt Antonia Fraser's book had lots of references to '80s pop, too.



What annoys me about the poster for Atonement, and...

2009-12-15T08:08:59.413-08:00

What annoys me about the poster for Atonement, and the book edition, is that Atonement isn't really about either of those characters, its about the girl, who is shoved in very tinily in the middle.

Here's another actor replacing the person: http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestsellers-2006/401-1.jpg



I think Matthew has the perfect solution! PS: Lan...

2009-12-12T19:34:52.725-08:00

I think Matthew has the perfect solution!

PS: Lantzvillager, I love that cover--thanks for the link.



I actually wonder why keira knightly can't app...

2009-12-12T18:33:20.197-08:00

I actually wonder why keira knightly can't appear in every movie and on the cover of every book, and on the pages of every picture book. It can even be the same photo for every book and cover, and the same same two hours of footage for the movies. It would be clip art to it's most beautiful extreme. We would no longer have to waste money on artists or directors (those scoundrels and criminals who try to present to the world covers with images that aren't keira knightly).



Hilarious! But it raises another question for me. ...

2009-12-12T08:06:53.794-08:00

Hilarious! But it raises another question for me. Why must Keira Knightley star in every film adaptation or every book?



I completely agree with you!

2009-12-12T06:51:42.236-08:00

I completely agree with you!



I've always loved this cover from a 1963 editi...

2009-12-11T10:20:36.888-08:00

I've always loved this cover from a 1963 edition of A Man Who Fell To Earth:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlevar/2318833071/



That Nigel Balchin cover is so confusing my head h...

2009-12-11T06:27:31.725-08:00

That Nigel Balchin cover is so confusing my head hurts. I can't figure out if Julian Fellowes wrote the book, or if Nigel Balchin write "Gosford Park" or if, perhaps, Nigel Balchin directed "Gosford Park."



Great post. By the time I got the the 20th Knightl...

2009-12-10T21:07:37.990-08:00

Great post. By the time I got the the 20th Knightley cover I was laughing.