One of my biggest pet peeves is when a perfectly good book, with a creative and innovative cover, is replaced by a movie poster. That switch from original book cover to the poster of its movie adaptation is such a sham. I always opt to purchase the book with the original cover. Snobbish? Elitist? I don’t think so. Movie studios love to alter and change the plot lines of the books they’re based on, do they really need to ruin the book covers too?
When I pick up a book, I care about the story — not the cast and production team behind the “new motion picture.” That’s another thing, when you change a book cover to the movie poster do you REALLY need to vandalize the book even more by putting that big metallic sticker on it that says “now a motion picture?” Is that REALLY necessary? I think my rage is justified.
Then there are the books with the metallic “Movie TK” sticker, which never end up getting produced. I had false hope and was a very disappointed child when Meg Cabot’s “All American Girl,” never became a movie like the sticker on the front promised. Raven Symone was supposed to be in the movie to boot. Never forgive, and never forget. This bookworm will not stand for the elimination of perfectly good book covers in exchange for movie posters. A movie poster is a movie poster. NOT a book cover.
See some altered book covers below — which do you prefer?
1) Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower was first published by MTV on Feb. 1, 1999. The book was adapted to a movie in 2012 starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson. The film was adapted to a screenplay and directed by the original author Stephen Chbosky. Not even Emma Watson can really make up for the cover change, as the original is so basic and reflective of the story.
2) Warm Bodies
The novel Warm Bodies was released by Simon and Schuster on Apr 26, 2011. The movie adaption will hit the big screen Feb. 1, 2013, and will star Nicholas Hoult. He’s beautiful, so I suggest you all go watch, especially Skins fans who miss seeing him on their screens. Still bitter about the cover swap though…
3) The Hunger Games
This Suzanne Collins novel was published by Scholastic Press on Sept. 14, 2008 with this basic cover that was emulated in all subsequent novels of the trilogy with unique spins. I.e, a different bird is pictured in the same amulet. The movie came out March 23, 2012, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Unfortunately as Catching Fire and Mockingjay come out in movie form, their book covers will also change. Endless cycle of book cover shaming.
4) Beautiful Creatures
The book Beautiful Creatures was published by Little, Brown, and Company on Dec. 1, 2009. The movie will be released Feb. 14, 2013, starring Emmy Rossum, Viola Davis, and Emma Thompson. Okay, Emmmy Rossum is one of the most stunning women in Hollywood and she blows me away in Shameless. Still, the cover is so basic and erie. Once again, the original book cover is a reflective of the books storyline.
5) Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas is a 2004 novel published by British publication company Sceptre, that was adapted into a film Oct. 26, 2012. The film stars Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess, and Hugo Weaving. The movie has such profound themes and provides such great social commentary that a cover swap seems to just go against the morals of the film…okay that’s a little extreme but I remain annoyed.
While the book published by Little Brown on Oct. 5, 2005, the movie version of Twilight was released on Nov. 21, 2008. The film series starred (sorry, yes, it’s over); Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. I’m losing steam so I won’t even rant. Every book cover was changed to reflect their respective movie’s poster. Thats just a lot of unnecessary effort.
7) One Day
One Day was published by Hodder & Stought on June 11, 2009. The film, which was based on the novel, starred Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and came out Aug. 19 2011.The original book cover is really quirky and interesting. Why change.What is with romance novels turned movies and how the cover always needs to be replaced by a shot of the two actors embracing intensely when they have creative book covers to begin with? Yes Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams I am talking about you and you two on the cover of The Notebook.