Wednesday, May 09, 2007

What lurks beneath the covers?

Check out these book covers - all from different publishers.

Start here with the book by Girl With a One Track Mind.

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Now look at the latest edition of Belle de Jour:

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and this one from the US ...

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and this ...

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and even the classics are getting the treatment ...

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Notice any ... er ... similarities?
So what's going on here?

Is this:

a) a clever marketing ploy to cash in on a winning formula
or
b) a symptom of laziness and lack of imagination in some of the publishing houses
or
c) complete coincidence. None of them knew about the others. It's just evidence of how tuned into the zeitgeist they all are.

11 comments:

Marie said...

Definitely b.

JonathanM said...

Yep b.

*fish in shoals hehe.

Verilion said...

Apart from Lolita I looked at those covers and thought... well there's a bunch of books I don't want to read. (I actually own that copy of Lolita!)

John Baker said...

Before I cast my vote can you explain the difference between a) and b)?

Shameless said...

oh dear, see what you mean ... all these editors must get together somewhere to sort out the year's covers. :)

Minx said...

How could you think such a silly thing, it's c). Besides, 'Straight up and Dirty' has no pants on at all - totally different.

crimeficreader said...

b for a while, then c.
My thoughts!

Clare said...

Yup, I agree with Verillion. A handy marketing device to indicate which books not to read.

mutleythedog said...

Maybe they are all the same book but with a different tile??

Adam Bowie said...

Anyone seen the "Real Lives" section at Borders?

Debi said...

Thanks for that, Adam.

And here's another one that should have been on this post.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sleeping-Around-Secrets-Sexual-Adventuress/dp/0719563518/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_4/203-1286373-2127947?ie=UTF8&qid=1179419582&sr=1-16

Who knows how many more of these there are lurking out there on the shelves or are waiting in the wings?