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This is stupid and you should feel stupid.

March 30, 2009

You’re a book company.  (Just go with it.)  You get a book–oh God, another one of those Jane Austen-lover romances where the chick goes back in time and/or into the book to catch and thinly-veiled version of Mr. Darcy.  But wait!  This one has a twist: the characters from the book KNOW they’re characters, and they treat the author like a goddess.  And the heroine doesn’t step into the shoes of an Emma Woodhouse or an Elizabeth Bennet, but rather a background character.  However will she get the lead?

How clever! you think.  So you decide to publish it.  But what to do for the cover!  (You are a very enthusiastic book company.)  Well, you could put those tacky, overly-thin cartoon silhouettes where the chick’s obviously in jeans and the guy looks like Mr. Darcy.  Or you could have a painted, soft focus-y homage to old school bodice rippers, for the lulz.  Or you could spoof a cover of P&P.  Or the cover of the DVD for P&P.  Or even just a silhouette of a Regency manor home.

Or you can do this:


Go to hell, Zebra Books.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jillian permalink
    March 31, 2009 9:12 am

    On the other hand, your description of the book makes me want to read it. I’ll just have to buy a fake cover to put over top so no one sees me reading a book with a cover like that!

    • bookslide permalink*
      March 31, 2009 1:08 pm

      Good idea. It’s just so…blarghhhhhh.

  2. March 31, 2009 3:17 pm

    That cover is so so so wrong!

    • bookslide permalink*
      March 31, 2009 4:51 pm

      Very very, very very, very VERY wrong.

      And stupid.

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