The other day on the bus I saw someone reading this book and I did quite the double take to make sure I was reading the title correctly:
|Jane Austen's Emma|
I thought it was really interesting to put such a contemporary cover on such a classic novel. It reminds me of a modern YA fiction cover which in a way is kind of neat if it entices younger readers to pick up the book. Of course, it also got me thinking about what other creative covers I could find to this book. With a little help from my good friend LibraryThing, here's a small sampling of some of my favorite covers for Emma by Jane Austen:
Some of them I love for their artistry and interpretation and others I just think are kind of cute. Overall, I'm pretty amazed at the scope and variety of different covers that can be found for this book - I didn't even scratch the surface of the various movie-tie-in artwork too! (Though I read Emma on my Kindle, the first cover in the block is the edition I have. Here's my review of Emma from last December.)
Do you have a favorite cover to Emma? What do you think of the really modern one? If you saw it on the shelf - or saw a stranger reading it on a bus - without reading the title, would you guess it to be an Austen work? Do you think contemporary covers are a useful way to entice young readers toward classic literature?
A Weekend to ReCOVER is a meme hosted by Her Book Self that is all about discussing and analyzing interesting and unique cover art - new or old, anything that strikes your fancy! Whether it's a comparison or just a single work that stands out to you, feel free to chime in with a comment below or join in the fun with a post of your own. Be sure to leave a link so I can stop by and read about what cover(s) you're admiring or criticizing this week!