Weekly Greek (2009:05)

I'm a little behind on the Weekly Geek-ing around here so this week I'm going to do two, this weeks and last week. I was going to just cut my losses and forget about the ones I'd missed... but I really liked last week's question/prompt :)

This week it's all about judging books by their covers! Pick a book--any book, really--and search out multiple book cover images for that book. They could span a decade or two (or more)...Or they could span several countries. Which cover is your favorite? Which one is your least favorite? Which one best 'captures' what the book is about?

Faced with the prospect of "pick[ing] a book - any book, really" I got a little flustered. Any book? Really? Too many choices!! So I saved myself from going crazy by just picking my old stand-back, my favouritest book of all - Little Women (I think we all know by now that I'm obsessed).

So while looking up covers of the books, I learnt one thing: they're all pretty similar. Most of the covers have the girls either sitting with Marmee reading the letter from Father:

or sitting around the piano:

There's the occasional diverging cover, usually of the four girls taking part in some sort of group task or activity, like sewing up the sheets or going ice skating.

In fact, out of all of them, only one really stood out as truly different. It was one that set Jo apart from the other girls, the only cover that really singled her out as the main character.

My favourite cover would probably have to be the third reading-the-letter cover. There's a good reason, after all, why this is one of the most popular cover designs, it's a central image for the book.
My least favourite would be the one before it, the orange-y letter book. It looks like Little Women in the sixties. Their clothes (especially Marmee's) just look wrong!


Serena said...

I have the signet classic cover, which is probably why I am partial to it.

wisteria said...

I have another cover for Little Women published by Barnes & Noble. It's actually required reading for a graduate American History course. The course title is The Common Good and the Pursuit of Happiness. I have a week to read it with others, thankfully I have read it before...and like it.