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August 6th, 2011


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08:27 pm - An Open Question
After I wrote all the words I could write on the Project today, I found myself clicking through various sites looking at book covers, thinking about book covers, disliking certain book covers.

(The Smart Bitches Trashy Books site, in addition to its archived sporking of bad covers, also has some choice samples in its advertising sidebar.)

So anyway, I was thinking about favorite book covers, and then I started thinking about the ones that use one or two objects as metonymy for the whole: dragon and sword for high fantasy, or shoes for chicklit, or blood dripping from a gun (hardboiled) or a domestic fancy (cozy mystery).

So here's my weekend question for you to ponder:

If you could choose three objects as the Book Cover of your life -- the fantastic, wished-for escapist Book Cover, or the mundane psychological-realism Book Cover, your option -- what would you choose?

For me, a pair of cowboy boots, a half-full glass of Champagne, and an open book. :-)

Even if you don't describe your book cover, I hope you have a fabulous weekend full of the objects you love.

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From:anne_d
Date:August 7th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
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Hmmmm...

I'm thinking fantasy escapist book cover - cool, quiet, comfy chair, good reading light, little table with pot of tea and some good chocolate.

Let's face it, the mundane cover would be no fun on a grand scale.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 7th, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
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Oh that's a cool book cover. :-)

Cheers and good chocolate and a good Sunday!
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From:ljrags
Date:August 7th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
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One of my favorite book covers ever had an orange background and centered on the cover was a Chinese dragon with obsidian like scales and he was sitting on his back haunches. His tail was curled around so that it held a book he was reading so his front hands/feet(?) could could a tiny handless cup. The teapot was nearby. I confess. I bought that book just for the tea and dragon. Turned out, I liked the book. So my cover would have to be a little mysterious and just off enough to make people WONDER {G].

May your weekend be full of things you love :)

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From:laurawise
Date:August 7th, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
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Tea with the Black Dragon! :-) (I recognized the description, but it's also the cover image for the Wikipedia page.)

Hurrah for cool juxtapositions and making people wonder, and happy Sunday!
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From:ljrags
Date:August 7th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
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You are GOOD! Yes, that is the book.

Happy Sunday to you!
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From:mamculuna
Date:August 7th, 2011 04:28 am (UTC)
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Got to be ocean waves rolling over an airline ticket and a Buddhist mala.

Not my problem if they can't make the picture look good--I just live it!
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From:laurawise
Date:August 7th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
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Oh, that would be cool. I can actually see a stylized wave anchoring this cover. :-)

Cheers and enjoyment and peace today!
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From:ljrags
Date:August 7th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
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That does sound awesome!
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From:paratti
Date:August 7th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
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A purple fedora:)

((hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:August 7th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
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And a suitcase!

Cheers, L, and a wonderful Sunday, poss. with hats. :-)
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:August 7th, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
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Now that's tough. I have enough trouble assessing covers for actual books I have contributed to.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 7th, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)
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It IS a tough question. ;-)

Happy Sunday, Stevie, with good stuff in plenty!
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From:laurawise
Date:August 7th, 2011 11:44 am (UTC)
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Oh, what a gorgeous collection of images! Awesome, L. :-)

Have a fabulous week yourself, with books and something lovely in that mug.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 7th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
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That totally counts -- hat, you, river. And it's awesome. :-)

Cheers and good stuff and hugs, Rainkatt!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:August 8th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
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I so agree!
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From:stateless82
Date:August 8th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
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Going off on a tangent, the cover of Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle -the one with the broken fence and the broken woman- is stuck vividly in my memory.
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From:laurawise
Date:August 8th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
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Oh, that's a cool-scary image.

It's interesting -- I tend to skip over a lot of book covers because I don't like certain fashions in design, but when there's a good one, I do remember.

Cheers and hugs and thanks for a good tangent. :-)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:August 8th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I have somewhere a half-dozen Angela Thirkell paperbacks with the best series design ever, each one including a tea or coffee cup as the central image surrounded by appropriate objects...an upright typewriter for one about Mrs. Morland the scatty authoress. I love them so much and just spent 20 minutes trying to find where I've put them so I could share.

for myself, I think a teetering stack of books and a basket of yarn under a Japanese maple...
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From:laurawise
Date:August 8th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Keyboards just don't have the same iconic power as typewriters, I have to say. That Thirkell sounds awesome!

And your bookcover is perfect. [beams]

Hugs and a fabulous Monday!


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