Saturday, August 09, 2014

Five of the worst book covers ever

One entry on the Guardian's list of the five worst book covers ever:
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Check out the Big Brothers on Signet’s sexed-up 1956 version of Orwell’s dystopia. It’s almost funny to imagine hapless readers buying this based solely on the cover, then getting the fright of their lives. (I said almost. Sorry George.)
Read about another cover on the list.

Nineteen Eighty-four is on the Independent's list of the fifteen best opening lines in literature, W.B. Gooderham's top ten list of books given in books, Katharine Trendacosta and Amanda Yesilbas's list of ten paranoid science fiction stories that could help you survive, Na'ima B. Robert's top ten list of Romeo and Juliet stories, Gabe Habash's list of ten songs inspired by books and a list of the 100 best last lines from novels. The book made Charlie Jane Anders's list of ten science fiction novels we pretend to have read, Juan E. Méndez's list of five books on torture, P. J. O’Rourke's list of the five best political satires, Daniel Johnson's five best list of books about Cold War culture, Robert Collins' top ten list of dystopian novels, Gemma Malley's top 10 list of dystopian novels for teenagers, is one of Norman Tebbit's six best books and one of the top ten works of literature according to Stephen King. It made a difference to Isla Fisher, and appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best Aprils in literature, ten of the best rats in literature, and ten of the best horrid children in fiction.

Also see: Nine of the best art-and-book-cover matches.

--Marshal Zeringue