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The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: The Many Faces of Rosebush

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cover Talk: The Many Faces of Rosebush

You might remember that I did a Cover Talk post with Rosebush a couple of months ago. I talked about how I preferred the hardcover cover over the new paperback one, which had just come out.

Well, I was wandering through Walmart the other day and I had to check out the book competition. I was very surprised to see a paperback copy of Rosebush by Michele Jaffe with this cover:


Uh, so not what I expected! 

I read the book over a year ago, but I don't recall it even being super romantic (or many instances requiring one to shed one's shirt), but I guess it's all about creating a statement that gets people to buy books. I just prefer the original cover--it's got the shock factor without a half-naked guy on the cover, and it has COLOR.

But the odd thing about this cover issue is that while I've seen the black and white one in person (so it DOES exist, contradictory person on Twitter), when I look on Amazon, the first paperback cover is what's displayed. And trying to find a picture of this cover was SUPER hard (which is why it's a little blurry). I was about this close to going back to Walmart and snapping a picture with my phone. Weird?

Also--coincidence?--there seen to be a lot of Penguin paperback sporting black and white covers different from their originals. Are these different editions/a new trend that I just happened to totally miss?

Anyway, here are the hardcover and original paperback covers again. Of all three, which do you prefer?



P.S. The hardcover edition (with the best cover!) is on sale! Only $6!

14 comments:

wishywash27 said...

Hmm. I do NOT like the black and white cover. I actually like both color covers, but having never read the book, I find it hard to say which is more appropriate for the story. I think the cover on the right grabs me more because it's very "in your face"

Nicole said...

The black and white one looks like a smutty contemporary fiction. (So it fits right in with the Wal*mart stuff, amIright?)

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

While Im not completely gaga over any of the covers, the original two send a completely different message from the black and white one.

From the b&w one I get the sense this is a romantic comedy and I'm pretty sure it isn't.

I don't know about this trend though! I usually like Black and White photos but not covers

Lauren said...

The original hardcover /still/ fits the story the best.

I agree with Nicole about the smut factor. *shakes head at strategies of the publishing industry*

~The Book Pixie said...

I've seen this in Walmart and they did the same thing with an extremely similar image to the cover of The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard. They look so much like generic stock images. Really dislike them but love the originals.

~Briana

Liviania said...

I like the original hardcover best. The black and white is just terrible. Generic, but for the wrong genre!

Farah @ Broken Penguins said...

I'm not crazy about the naked guy on the cover. Makes it look like just another of the THOUSANDS of romance novels out there. Maybe it's the special Walmart cover!

The Compulsive Reader said...

I love the idea of it being a special Walmart cover! I think it's ironic because from what I've heard, Walmart book buyers can be conservative. They wouldn't stock Meg Cabot's Every Boy's Got One unless hearts were added to the cover.

DJ D. said...

These black and white ones are Walmart "exlcusives" and, in my opinion, are terrible. They're not even that eye-catching in general, so I'm not sure why they did this. But if these covers manage to get more people to read the books, then that's a good thing.

marybelle said...

I love the third cover. I hate it when covers have NOTHING to do with the story.

Karin Perry said...

I still like the hardcover best. It looks much more mysterious. The black and white one just doesn't match the story at all.

This is the first I've heard of the exclusive Walmart covers. I'll have to go find the one for The Secret Year. I loved that book. I did like the paperback cover for that one. I can't wait to see the Walmart black and white version.

Addie R. said...

I also think the original covers are better than the black & white one. I haven't heard of this book, maybe I'll give it a try. :)

Everyday Little Gems said...

I like the colored covers but I own the black n white one for now which is in my pile to read.

teengirl.15 said...

I think that the black and white cover makes the most sense. The third one is UGLY, and the second one makes the book seems like a murder story, and its obvi not! All in all, the black and white one makes it look like its a suspicious/romantic novel and it catches the readers eyes. not to mention it is more of a TEEN book(: