Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A great makeover

Different title, different name on the cover. But they're the same book. Which do you prefer, the 1979 or the 2006 version?





For a synopsis, see Amazon. (Yes, I own copies of both.)

10 comments:

  1. I'd be much more likely to pick up the bottom picture, though the synopsis on Amazon seems to suit the top picture better. (Not at all sure what that means!)

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  2. I sort of like the older cover better. The newer one seems to be a little too generic, and as Carla says, the first one gives a better idea of the contents.

    I wonder if this means that some of Brenda Clarke/Brenda Honeyman's other novels might be reissued.

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  3. It would be nice if they were! This is the only one of hers I've seen reissued so far.

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  4. I like "The Lofty Banners" much better, both the title and the cover illustration. The new title/cover make it look like military fiction to me.

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  5. I'd pick up the first cover. The second cover looks like an amateur photoshop job--very generic.

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  6. You guys always surprise me, which is a good thing. I didn't think clinch covers were popular with the online romance set, even, so I didn't guess that a cover of that type would be preferred over a more historical-looking one. Even if it is pretty generic.

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  7. First cover and first title, definitely!

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  8. Like Cinderella said, the second cover looks like a military historical, while the first cover looks like what the book is--a swashbuckling romantic historical.

    I come from the romance community and I don't dislike covers with an embracing coup, I dislike clinch covers. The first cover shows that there is a romance between the pages, but it doesn't make it seem as though the focus is on the sexual side of the romantic relationship--that is what a clinch cover does.

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  9. I like the bottom one. It seems to focus more on the history than the romance, and as a history buff, that appeals to me more.

    But since I haven't read the book, I don't know which one matches better, and so I am therefore rambling. :)

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  10. Definitely the top one. The bottom one looks like a couple of factual books I have on war and battles using re-enactment pics for illustration. I'd think it was a reference work aimed at the popular market. The top one says 'full-blooded historical drama.' Bottom one says 'yawn.'

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