Book Traveling Thursdays is a group I found on Goodreads, you can visit them here! Every week, they post a new subject and you choose a book that fits the theme. Then share covers for that book according to the following rules…
- Original cover
- Cover from your country
- Your favorite cover
- Your least favorite cover
It looks like a ton of fun! So let’s start now.
This week’s theme: Choose a book from your favorite genre.
My choice is a book from the Classics genre: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
I was seriously stuck on the Classics for quite some time. I refused to read anything published after 1920 for about 10 years after I graduated high school. Among my favorites were the Brontë sisters, Charles Dickens, and Wilkie Collins. He was a good friend of Dickens and had a real flair and taste for the gothic and mysterious. His book The Moonstone is credited with creating the first modern detective as a character. However, I’ve chosen another book to share today. Here is the synopsis…
‘In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop… There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white’
The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright’s eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his ‘charming’ friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.
It’s a really great book. Mysterious, gothic, atmospheric, and a lot of fun.
However, I’d like to say to the graphic designers who put the covers together, just because the title threw you a freebie, doesn’t mean you can get lazy and just post up a picture of a woman in a white dress and it will work. For goodness sake, try a little harder!
Original Cover – c. 1859
Ah, I’d kill for these!
Current US Cover
Not too bad. It looks a little spooky … I can go for this.
Favorite Cover – US Edition 1985
This is not the edition I had but it used the same artwork. I like it. She looks a little disheveled, as she should be. Her arms both down as they are, it makes her look powerless. It’s apropos for the character.
Least Favorite Cover #1 – US Edition 1993
Lazy, just lazy. Yes she is wearing a white dress, but this book is not about a cozy walk in the countryside. Who approved this cover?!
Least Favorite Cover #2 – Persian (?) Edition
Forgive my ignorance, but there are no details on Goodreads about where this book came from, I’m assuming from the language on the cover that it is from the Middle East? Either way, this artwork is hideous. It looks like I drew it, and I’m a terrible artist.
I surprised myself with choosing a Classic novel, since now I’m much more into Fantasy. But I was feeling nostalgic I suppose. Well they are called classic for a reason right? They stand the test of time.