This week’s geektastic task comes from Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews :
LibraryThing has 80 covers for John Steinbeck’s East of Eden in its database, and I suggest you go there to see most of them, but I’ll show you a few. There’s so much in this novel that it’s hard for a cover illustration to capture it.
This is the cover of my copy, which I’ve had since college. It’s not much to look at, but it’s a sentimental favorite:
I like all three of these covers, but I think the one on the left may be my favorite:
This one is very simple, and I find it appealing:
This is actually the cover of the movie’s DVD package – it’s not a movie tie-in edition; I’m not sure they had those in the early 1950’s. The movie was based on the last third of the book, and is best known for being one of the three movies James Dean made before his untimely death.
I’m actually glad this isn’t a book cover. Like Erin of Crazy Comma Momma, I am not a big fan of book covers that are changed for a movie. When I bought Marley & Me, I did end up to get a tie-in edition, but I chose a different cover when I listed the book on LibraryThing (my weakness for Owen Wilson aside – he didn’t have anything to do with the book.)
Do you pay much attention to book covers? Have you ever bought another copy of a book because you found a cover you liked better?