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.
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.