15 Movie Tie-In Book Covers That Make Us Sad

Yesterday, we spotted the cover for Scribner’s upcoming republication of The Great Gatsby, in concert with the film adaptation’s May release. The Great Gatsby is one of those books with a cover so iconic that any change to it offends our delicate sensibilities, but even with that self-awareness, the image got us thinking about other movie (and TV) tie-in editions of books, and how truly awful — not to mention unfaithful to the original text — they can be. That said, there’s no denying that movie tie-in editions sell books, so we guess there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. We just wish there were another way.

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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Now this isn’t the worst movie tie-in we’ve ever seen — at least it sort of references Gatsby’s glitz and Coralie Bickford-Smith’s Fitzgerald cover series — but it still looks rather cheap, and dare we say, deco-steampunk-y. Not quite the right direction.