I always dread it when books that are made into movies get a movie tie-in cover like the ones you see here:
You can expect it to happen 100% of the time.
And I’m not a fan.
I don’t see the appeal of buying a movie tie-in cover when the original covers would suffice. I understand that movie tie-in covers are just another means of generating buzz for both the book and the movie, and getting more money from the sales, but the covers are never great. Sure, there are a few gems, like the Hunger Games cover you see in the picture below, but otherwise, the movie tie-in covers are just messes like The Great Gatsby and the Cloud Atlas movie tie-in.
I avoid purchasing those type of covers because of two reasons:
- The cover is usually hideous. I am a cover snob and will judge the fuck out of a cover. Even if I’ve been dying to read the book, I will not buy it if I don’t like the cover. (I really do not like seeing people’s faces on the cover. It’s such a turn-off.)
- I feel kind of embarrassed when I’m reading a movie tie-in book. I always feel like people will assume I’m reading the book because of the movie (which I do sometimes). There’s nothing wrong with that, but I get weirdly uncomfortable. It’s like “oh, here’s another person who has been seduced by the movie. She doesn’t know how to resist.” I don’t want people to know I’ve been seduced! It’s a matter of maintaining my reputation. (Even to strangers. ;D)
I admit that I do get caught up in the buzz (as you have read in my second reason for avoiding the covers). I’ve been seduced by actors who convinced me to buy a book their movie is based off of, and when I go to the bookstore, you know what I can’t find? The cover I want. That’s highly annoying. You have this ugly movie tie-in cover (sometimes in that mass market paperback size), but can I just buy the regular cover?
I do have a bone to pick, concerning regular covers with mentions of a movie version. It really irks me when I see the original cover printed with a “now a major motion picture” on it. Can we not? If I wanted a cover reminding me that it became a movie, I would’ve bought the movie tie-in version.
I know good ones exist, but no amount of convincing will get me to buy them. Movie tie-in covers and I shall live apart from each other (just the way I like it).
My final ruling on movie tie-in covers: NAHHHHHH.
What do you think about movie tie-in covers? Would you buy one? What movie tie-in have you seen that’s awesome? Or horrible?
(psst, by the way, I will be starting a new section about movie tie-in covers in Holy, Mother Cover!, so stay tune!)