Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tied Up with Tie-Ins;The Good, Bad & Ugly of Movie Tie-In Book Covers

Ah, film tie-ins. Those wonderful (read: sarcasm ) things movie companies come up with to make even more money than they already have. Film tie-ins often  come in the form of video games and collectible toys, but now we are seeing more movie tie-in book covers. You bought Breaking Dawn two years ago , right ? Well, You don't own the one with Rpatz face on it ! That'll be $10.

I kind of have a love/hate relationship with tie-in covers. Mostly though, I hate them. They don't serve much of a purpose except to make you buy the book again. Let's take a look at the good, bad and ugly of tie in covers.


Better than the original

I like this cover. In fact, when I bought the book, I chose it over the original. The design of the tie-in seems to have become somewhat of an icon for Lauren Weisberger. All of her book covers  are now released with a similar heel design, she even uses the heel motif  on her website.

Original American Cover
Movie Tie-in Cover




The Good

Some tie-ins know how to blend the best of both worlds. They will just take elements of the original and work it together with the film tie-in. Both of these tie-ins used similar coloring and positioning as the original. 


Original Cover
 Movie Tie-in cover















Original Cover















Don't Look Now

This may just be a coincidence,but I was in the bookstore and I noticed when it comes to romantic themed novel tie-ins,they pretty much follow the same position;look deep into each others eyes and don't look into the 4th wall. Usually this is done when it is a 'celebrity romance' they are trying to push. I think the reason they use this position is to draw our attention to the couple but, it was funny to me all the tie-ins  follow this. Also, notice none of the original covers even have faces on them.
Movie Tie-in Cover

Original Cover

Original Cover
Movie Tie-in cover
Original Cover
Movie Tie-in Cover    


 


Look Who is in This Book  . . . Not, Really.

  Some tie-ins just shamelessly put the actor front and center. A little shelf candy for your home library. I don't know what Charlie St. Cloud is about but, ooh Zefron !


Original Cover


Movie Tie-in

Movie Tie-in

Original Cover





This is not my childhood

I find it really bizarre when suddenly the books of your childhood get the film tie-in cover. The Narnia covers of my childhood were the 1994 HarperCollins by Leo and Diane Dillon. You know, the purple and white ones. I mean okay, I admit . . . I do own the Prince Caspian with Ben Barnes on the cover.

Original Book Cover

Movie Tie-in

1994 HarperCollins Cover
Movie Tie-in




 Harry Potter

And then there are series like Harry Potter and it's film tie- in covers. Oh wait . . .  Harry Potter don't play that. There are no film tie-in covers for Harry Potter because they don't need them. I mean, okay I will admit as far a merchandising tie-ins Harry Potter does seem have everything else. Still, I'd rather eat a bag of Beritie Botts Every Flavor Jellybean than buy a book I already have because Daniel Radcliffe is on the cover.
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Written By Kat

3 comments :

  1. I'm really enjoying your blog so far! Keep up the great work!

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  2. Found you through the I Love Reading And Writing and you rock! I especially agree with you about book covers and considering I watched The Devil Wears Prada before I read it I enjoyed the movie version cover of the book. Both of the covers were at my local library and I picked the one with the heel. Anyways I'm over at highschoolpotternerd.blogspot.com so if you're interested :)

    I follow you now :)

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  3. @ Keleiter - Thanks !

    @ Jasmine- I love the heel cover !

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