Daydream

Maybe when I finish my novel, I’ll apply for this guy’s job.

BH is driving back North today, so I am a little blue. We had dinner last night at a friend’s house, one of those awesome dinners filled with hours of good food and great conversation. Wound up staying much later than I thought we would, so I’m dragging a little today. I still don’t feel like my mind has clicked into gear.

I am too lazy to dust off the scanner, so here’s a link to the British version of PROM. (Ignore the word “audiobook” this is what the paperback looks like there.) You can also look at the British version of Fever 1793 and Speak.

What do you think of these across the pond covers?

87 Replies to “Daydream”

  1. don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    I like the British version of Fever better, but you are right, Speak’s cover does it no justice whatsoever and both covers to prom are cute, but the one here in the states has a more pleasant color combination, I think (although the dress sticking out of the limo is so barbie froo froo hideous 😛 )

  2. don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    I like the British version of Fever better, but you are right, Speak’s cover does it no justice whatsoever and both covers to prom are cute, but the one here in the states has a more pleasant color combination, I think (although the dress sticking out of the limo is so barbie froo froo hideous 😛 )

    1. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

      I dunno. Maybe not with all, but I think with some books, especially more recent ones, you can judge them by the cover. I think you should be able to. I think you can definitely (in most cases) judge an album by its cover, though.

        1. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

          I’m not sure, exactly.

          I think that in music there’s more of a focus on album art than there is on book covers in publishing. (Not that I have any first-hand experience, this is just based on what I see for album art & book covers.) I haven’t experimented too much with randomly buying books based solely on their covers, but I do it with used CDs all the time. And in most cases the album art does reflect what the music sounds like. I mean, of course books deserve more leniency than records as far as cover art goes. The classics are always re-printed, and there are usually several cover designs for one book.

          I don’t think that book covers should reflect what the book is about, rather how it feels to read the book, how it feels to be that book. The US Speak’s cover is excellent, and the general design of the one I have does reflect the general mood and tone of the book. I don’t know if you’ve read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, but I think that one reflects the book as well.

          Before I go on and on about this: brightness/darkness/shading of color is more important than color (red, blue) is more important than whatever the image is.

          1. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

            Thanks for your comments about this. I hope a couple people in the art departments of publishers read them.

        2. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

          I do think in most cases, you can guess what kind of music is going to be on an album by the cover.

          Avril Lavigne’s “Under my skin”, the cover looks edgy, mad, punk, whatever. and her music is pop rock, and edgy.

          Jewel “Spirit”: She looks imperfect with no make-up and her hair is messy, but none the less she looks beautiful. Which I think her music is (Not including her 0304 album) imperfect, soulful, and beautiful.

          So in conclusion, I do think most of the time, covers of albums reflect the music.

  3. don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    I like the British version of Fever better, but you are right, Speak’s cover does it no justice whatsoever and both covers to prom are cute, but the one here in the states has a more pleasant color combination, I think (although the dress sticking out of the limo is so barbie froo froo hideous 😛 )

  4. I really liked the fever 1793 cover and the prom cover was good but I did not like the speak cover. I checked out Sarah Dessen’s dreamland cover cause it was under recommended books and it was really bad. I usually like the british covers but Speak’s cover made me sad and I think it make the book look bad.

  5. I really liked the fever 1793 cover and the prom cover was good but I did not like the speak cover. I checked out Sarah Dessen’s dreamland cover cause it was under recommended books and it was really bad. I usually like the british covers but Speak’s cover made me sad and I think it make the book look bad.

  6. I really liked the fever 1793 cover and the prom cover was good but I did not like the speak cover. I checked out Sarah Dessen’s dreamland cover cause it was under recommended books and it was really bad. I usually like the british covers but Speak’s cover made me sad and I think it make the book look bad.

  7. At first I thought she was on some sort of skateboard.. or was jumping and had really big pant legs. Then I realized it was her dress lol

  8. At first I thought she was on some sort of skateboard.. or was jumping and had really big pant legs. Then I realized it was her dress lol

  9. At first I thought she was on some sort of skateboard.. or was jumping and had really big pant legs. Then I realized it was her dress lol

  10. The SPEAK cover is unacceptable. The PROM cover made me think, now why are we looking up the girls dress? Like the US version much better. FEVER cover, not particularly interesting to look at but acceptable.

  11. The SPEAK cover is unacceptable. The PROM cover made me think, now why are we looking up the girls dress? Like the US version much better. FEVER cover, not particularly interesting to look at but acceptable.

  12. The SPEAK cover is unacceptable. The PROM cover made me think, now why are we looking up the girls dress? Like the US version much better. FEVER cover, not particularly interesting to look at but acceptable.

  13. LOVE the fortune cookie writer piece. What’s so interesting, too, is how this guy fell into the job–fortune cookie style–without the assembly-line mentality. Obviously, no one would suspect his background to be a primer for writing fortunes, but the fact is that we all have these little essence messages holed up in our DNA, it’s a matter of being open to them. Think what all professions could lend to fortune cookie writing: plumbers, gravediggers, hair stylists, mathematicians. There’s beauty and truth in every crevice. I think if we walk around, looking for inspiration that would lend to a cookie fortune, we’d end up with some amazing, digestible tid-bits and truths to pour into our own writing. I am walking the turf of today with fortune cookie eyes! Thanks for the great link.

  14. LOVE the fortune cookie writer piece. What’s so interesting, too, is how this guy fell into the job–fortune cookie style–without the assembly-line mentality. Obviously, no one would suspect his background to be a primer for writing fortunes, but the fact is that we all have these little essence messages holed up in our DNA, it’s a matter of being open to them. Think what all professions could lend to fortune cookie writing: plumbers, gravediggers, hair stylists, mathematicians. There’s beauty and truth in every crevice. I think if we walk around, looking for inspiration that would lend to a cookie fortune, we’d end up with some amazing, digestible tid-bits and truths to pour into our own writing. I am walking the turf of today with fortune cookie eyes! Thanks for the great link.

  15. LOVE the fortune cookie writer piece. What’s so interesting, too, is how this guy fell into the job–fortune cookie style–without the assembly-line mentality. Obviously, no one would suspect his background to be a primer for writing fortunes, but the fact is that we all have these little essence messages holed up in our DNA, it’s a matter of being open to them. Think what all professions could lend to fortune cookie writing: plumbers, gravediggers, hair stylists, mathematicians. There’s beauty and truth in every crevice. I think if we walk around, looking for inspiration that would lend to a cookie fortune, we’d end up with some amazing, digestible tid-bits and truths to pour into our own writing. I am walking the turf of today with fortune cookie eyes! Thanks for the great link.

    1. When a foreign publisher buys the rights to your novel, they are allowed to redesign the cover however they want. I’ve always assumed they alter the covers so that the images resonate better with their culture.

      If there are any residents of the United Kingdom reading this, I’d love to hear your opinions – do the UK covers of my books “work” better over there than the American covers would?

  16. When a foreign publisher buys the rights to your novel, they are allowed to redesign the cover however they want. I’ve always assumed they alter the covers so that the images resonate better with their culture.

    If there are any residents of the United Kingdom reading this, I’d love to hear your opinions – do the UK covers of my books “work” better over there than the American covers would?

  17. When a foreign publisher buys the rights to your novel, they are allowed to redesign the cover however they want. I’ve always assumed they alter the covers so that the images resonate better with their culture.

    If there are any residents of the United Kingdom reading this, I’d love to hear your opinions – do the UK covers of my books “work” better over there than the American covers would?

  18. I just want to get a fortune cookie fortune that says Find someone as gay as you are.

    Regarding the covers: I don’t like the UK Speak one much but think the US cover is awesome, I like both the US and UK covers of Fever 1793, and I think both the US and UK covers of Prom look really good, but find it slightly disturbing that we’re looking up someone’s dress on the UK version.

  19. I just want to get a fortune cookie fortune that says Find someone as gay as you are.

    Regarding the covers: I don’t like the UK Speak one much but think the US cover is awesome, I like both the US and UK covers of Fever 1793, and I think both the US and UK covers of Prom look really good, but find it slightly disturbing that we’re looking up someone’s dress on the UK version.

  20. I just want to get a fortune cookie fortune that says Find someone as gay as you are.

    Regarding the covers: I don’t like the UK Speak one much but think the US cover is awesome, I like both the US and UK covers of Fever 1793, and I think both the US and UK covers of Prom look really good, but find it slightly disturbing that we’re looking up someone’s dress on the UK version.

  21. I’m a little bit surprised, because I remember asking you about the eyes on the covers, but no eye on the US Prom cover! Ahh!

    Fever’s UK cover is very cool (look, more eyes!), but I’m not a big fan of Speak’s UK cover & Prom’s UK cover.

  22. I’m a little bit surprised, because I remember asking you about the eyes on the covers, but no eye on the US Prom cover! Ahh!

    Fever’s UK cover is very cool (look, more eyes!), but I’m not a big fan of Speak’s UK cover & Prom’s UK cover.

  23. I’m a little bit surprised, because I remember asking you about the eyes on the covers, but no eye on the US Prom cover! Ahh!

    Fever’s UK cover is very cool (look, more eyes!), but I’m not a big fan of Speak’s UK cover & Prom’s UK cover.

  24. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    I dunno. Maybe not with all, but I think with some books, especially more recent ones, you can judge them by the cover. I think you should be able to. I think you can definitely (in most cases) judge an album by its cover, though.

  25. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    I dunno. Maybe not with all, but I think with some books, especially more recent ones, you can judge them by the cover. I think you should be able to. I think you can definitely (in most cases) judge an album by its cover, though.

  26. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    I’m not sure, exactly.

    I think that in music there’s more of a focus on album art than there is on book covers in publishing. (Not that I have any first-hand experience, this is just based on what I see for album art & book covers.) I haven’t experimented too much with randomly buying books based solely on their covers, but I do it with used CDs all the time. And in most cases the album art does reflect what the music sounds like. I mean, of course books deserve more leniency than records as far as cover art goes. The classics are always re-printed, and there are usually several cover designs for one book.

    I don’t think that book covers should reflect what the book is about, rather how it feels to read the book, how it feels to be that book. The US Speak’s cover is excellent, and the general design of the one I have does reflect the general mood and tone of the book. I don’t know if you’ve read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, but I think that one reflects the book as well.

    Before I go on and on about this: brightness/darkness/shading of color is more important than color (red, blue) is more important than whatever the image is.

  27. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    I’m not sure, exactly.

    I think that in music there’s more of a focus on album art than there is on book covers in publishing. (Not that I have any first-hand experience, this is just based on what I see for album art & book covers.) I haven’t experimented too much with randomly buying books based solely on their covers, but I do it with used CDs all the time. And in most cases the album art does reflect what the music sounds like. I mean, of course books deserve more leniency than records as far as cover art goes. The classics are always re-printed, and there are usually several cover designs for one book.

    I don’t think that book covers should reflect what the book is about, rather how it feels to read the book, how it feels to be that book. The US Speak’s cover is excellent, and the general design of the one I have does reflect the general mood and tone of the book. I don’t know if you’ve read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, but I think that one reflects the book as well.

    Before I go on and on about this: brightness/darkness/shading of color is more important than color (red, blue) is more important than whatever the image is.

  28. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    Thanks for your comments about this. I hope a couple people in the art departments of publishers read them.

  29. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    Thanks for your comments about this. I hope a couple people in the art departments of publishers read them.

  30. HATE the British SPEAK cover, but that’s because the US version is one of my all-time favorite book covers ever.

    Like the British PROM cover, though. Different direction. Not Ashley-like, but pink and girly.

    The British FEVER cover is cool.

  31. HATE the British SPEAK cover, but that’s because the US version is one of my all-time favorite book covers ever.

    Like the British PROM cover, though. Different direction. Not Ashley-like, but pink and girly.

    The British FEVER cover is cool.

  32. HATE the British SPEAK cover, but that’s because the US version is one of my all-time favorite book covers ever.

    Like the British PROM cover, though. Different direction. Not Ashley-like, but pink and girly.

    The British FEVER cover is cool.

    1. That is just the UK cover. I forget what the US audiobook looks like (it’s packed already). CATALYST in the US has drastically different covers for the hardback and paperback.

  33. That is just the UK cover. I forget what the US audiobook looks like (it’s packed already). CATALYST in the US has drastically different covers for the hardback and paperback.

  34. That is just the UK cover. I forget what the US audiobook looks like (it’s packed already). CATALYST in the US has drastically different covers for the hardback and paperback.

  35. not a fan of the prom cover. Speak is ok, like the US better. Fever’s cover is really nice :]

    Man I want that guys job. I would make fortunes like this: Fortune cookie say you should take long hot bath and read good book :]

  36. not a fan of the prom cover. Speak is ok, like the US better. Fever’s cover is really nice :]

    Man I want that guys job. I would make fortunes like this: Fortune cookie say you should take long hot bath and read good book :]

  37. not a fan of the prom cover. Speak is ok, like the US better. Fever’s cover is really nice :]

    Man I want that guys job. I would make fortunes like this: Fortune cookie say you should take long hot bath and read good book :]

  38. I loved the US release of the cover or SPEAK, because of the tree and what it signified in the book, and it looks unique, and I loved the font. But the British version, I liked the picture of the girl looking so alone and looking depressed, because of what a person goes through after Rape. Or any sexual harrassment for that matter.

  39. I loved the US release of the cover or SPEAK, because of the tree and what it signified in the book, and it looks unique, and I loved the font. But the British version, I liked the picture of the girl looking so alone and looking depressed, because of what a person goes through after Rape. Or any sexual harrassment for that matter.

  40. I loved the US release of the cover or SPEAK, because of the tree and what it signified in the book, and it looks unique, and I loved the font. But the British version, I liked the picture of the girl looking so alone and looking depressed, because of what a person goes through after Rape. Or any sexual harrassment for that matter.

  41. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    I do think in most cases, you can guess what kind of music is going to be on an album by the cover.

    Avril Lavigne’s “Under my skin”, the cover looks edgy, mad, punk, whatever. and her music is pop rock, and edgy.

    Jewel “Spirit”: She looks imperfect with no make-up and her hair is messy, but none the less she looks beautiful. Which I think her music is (Not including her 0304 album) imperfect, soulful, and beautiful.

    So in conclusion, I do think most of the time, covers of albums reflect the music.

  42. Re: don’t judge a book by it’s cover

    I do think in most cases, you can guess what kind of music is going to be on an album by the cover.

    Avril Lavigne’s “Under my skin”, the cover looks edgy, mad, punk, whatever. and her music is pop rock, and edgy.

    Jewel “Spirit”: She looks imperfect with no make-up and her hair is messy, but none the less she looks beautiful. Which I think her music is (Not including her 0304 album) imperfect, soulful, and beautiful.

    So in conclusion, I do think most of the time, covers of albums reflect the music.

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