Movie tie-in Book Covers

March 16, 2011






It seems all the good books are destined to become movies someday. I still prefer to read the book first and often don’t see the movie version for fear it will ruin a good thing. Isn’t half the fun of reading “seeing” the character in your own mind through the writer’s vivid description? My casting and that of the movie people’s doesn’t always jive.  When it comes to book covers I’m just as stubborn – I rarely go for the movie-tie-in cover and would rather hunt high and low to find the original version. I’ve enjoyed conversations recently with some who share my anti-movie cover bent and others who embrace the “Now a Major Motion Picture!” version. Which do you prefer?

(Note: The One Day movie poster(above) has just been released and is much complimented. I imagine due to its popularity the movie-tie-in cover will be similar when it is revealed. We’ll have to wait and see!)

2 Responses to “Movie tie-in Book Covers”

  1. Jane Says:

    I don’t bother too much about the book cover, but it is definitely a rule that I read the book before seeing the movie (assuming bother with seeing the movie). As a consequence of which (because I want to know what my kids are reading/watching too), I had to pull almost an all nighter to read Twilight before the movie came out, as I promised to go to Twilight with my daughter as soon as it came out(lucky me!). I agree that the movie often does not stand up to my imaginings when I read a book. One that did not disappoint was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (aka “Narnia”), which I read many times as a child and again as an adult, to my children. My sons are not big readers (yet, I hope) but my daughter is and she has the same rule – read the book before seeing the movie!

    What I’ve just finished reading: “The Secret Daughter”. Wow, really good, made me weep more than once. Also, “Annabel”, which is also an excellent read, though maybe a bit disturbing to some. Annabel had a very evocative, one-line description of downtown St. John’s Newfoundland that I loved. I won’t do it justice to try to remember it word for word, but it compared downtown St. John’s to a pop-up greeting card – from which I imagined those very intricate ones you can find.

  2. Susan Says:

    Share your enthusiasm for “The Secret Daughter” – loved it. You’ve inspired me to seek out Annabel!

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