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Good books, bad covers

I subscribe to a number of e-zines, and this article particularly caught my eye recently.  
Bad covers slapped on on classic books.

At first I was incredulous — some of these are so very bad and so incredibly far off the mark that it was obvious that the cover designers hadn’t read the books.

But then I started to get suspicious. Some of these classics were so well known that I couldn’t imagine how anyone could get the covers so badly wrong.

I mean, look at this one on the left.

Little Women in Maoist China? Really?

They’re soooo over-the-top bad and inappropriate that I suspect it’s deliberate.

Sheba Blake is printed on a lot of the covers, and I looked the name up and it’s a “publisher”.  The thing is, once a book is out of copyright, anyone can do anything with them — it’s the reason people were able to write and publish mash-ups of classics, like  “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and others of that ilk.

My guess is that they made the most outrageously silly covers — and their name on them — to give them some publicity. 
It obviously worked.


And maybe “any publicity is good publicity” — I don’t know.

Or maybe the idea is to sell these editions as a joke.  I can imagine some people would love to get classic books with outrageously silly covers.

What do you think?

Thanks, and apologies

Thank you to all of you who emailed Christmas/ festive season messages of goodwill.  

I truly appreciate it.

I apologize for the lack of response on my part, but from Christmas Eve until today (29th Dec) my email server was down, and I could neither receive nor send emails. The outage was almost Australia-wide, and it was so frustrating to be unable to communicate with people, especially at this time of year.

Anyway, as far as I can tell, we’re back in contact again. Fingers crossed.

I hope you enjoy this photo of frangipani flowers (also called plumeria.) They’re more tropical flowers that don’t often grow in my neck of the woods, though I have had some small success with one plant.

I first discovered them when I was eleven and my oldest sister had them in her bridal bouquet. The smell was fantastic and I’ve been in love with them ever since. Whenever I hit places with warmer climates and find frangipanis in bloom, I collect the fallen flowers and take them back to my room.