The Good, the Bad and the Are-You-Kidding-Me?

Filed in Book Covers , The Geeky Lover , The HEA Lover Posted on April 9, 2012 @ 8:00 am 23 comments

Happy Holidays everyone and welcome to our newest edition of The Good, the Bad and the Are-You-Kidding-Me?. This week we will talk about movie tie-in covers. You know, books especially made for promotion of a series or movie release of a novel. We’ve all seen them pop-up whenever a book adaptation becomes a blockbuster or a TV hit!  Sometimes it’s for the best, sometimes it’s for the worst. Take a look at our selection  and tell us what you think =)


Caro: See this is a good example of how Movie Tie-in covers will be the end of me. I already have the US version of this book and now I am craving the tie-in cover. It’s so vibrant, so pretty. I love it! Not a fan of the UK cover though, she seems way too young. *runs to order the Tie-in cover*

Susi: To Caro’s utter dismay I still haven’t read the books. But I saw the movie. I have book one in hardcover with the US cover and I want the rest in same edition. I do like the movie tie in but well the original is neater in my eyes. And well the UK cover is weird. Prolly a reason why I never read it. I’m really not fond of YA. *hides from rocks thrown her way*

Caro:  <_<  you’ll be the death of me Susi. I don’t know what to do to make you read them LOL. For info I even begged at some point! LOL

Caro: Ahem…once again I wish I had the Tie In cover! I mean come onnnnnn look at it! It’s awesome. Well I did love the movie. I have a pretty ugly integral omnibus *shrug*. wouldn’t mind having Susi’ pretty limited edition.

Susi: I have to say I love them all. The original US cover is so quirky and weird. LOVE. And well the movie one is awesome too- I wish Marvin would be bigger on it. But the limited leather bound edition is just soooo pretty. Seriously awesome- and I got it on bargain so YAY.

Caro: Now this is harder! I am torn here. I have the UK edition (in the middle) and it’s very pretty (contray to the fugly US version) . But wow the Tie-in is soooooo nice. I love that we see Ned and that we see the sword thrones. LOVE. I wish I had that one too. =P My excuse is that….wait I have no excuse LOL

Susi: I’m sure I would hate those books with a passion. I watch the series but well not my kind of book for sure. I love the tie in cover well cuz HELLO it has Sean Bean on it. *g* I’m not a fan of the others- they’re just so fantasy cover like. Very unoriginal IMO.

Caro: Nia nia nia!

Caro: At this point I’m starting to reconsider my first thought on Tie-in covers. I thought I was mostly against them but it seems I like most of them LOL. I really really dislike the US cover of Dead Until Dark. It’s not really appealing. When I saw the movie tie-in cover I thought ‘damn that looks cool’ LOL Well yeah that was before I watched True Blood LMAO. Still I know I was more attracted by that cover than the original.

Susi: Well I never got over the first 50 pages of this book and the tv series wasn’t for me either. The US covers are sucktastic- at least the tie ins are neat. Not very original either but at least shiny and all.

Caro: I think this movie tie-in was a precursor in the genre. Since it came out dozens of other books got this kind of cover with the drop of blood. *shrug*

Caro: Sometimes none of the versions will work for me. This is the case here. I wouldn’t look twice at these covers. The UK/US ones make me think of those self-help books. The Tie-in couldn’t have worked if the movie hadn’t been such a horrible movie. LOL

Susi: Okay so the US covers aren’t that pretty but I have to admit they have a certain recognition value. The UK one is weird. Her eyes look weird and her eyebrows are O_o. Wouldn’t buy that one ever. The tie in is okay but it’s Hollywood standard material so well- I’m indifferent. So far I was not tempted to try this series but mostly cuz of the negative buzz the last few books got.

Susi: I have the US edition of this one and those are okay. I do like the tie in but they have Daniel Craig on them so I’m distracted by him. LOL I’m not so happy that Hollywood thought they had to make their own movie about it but Daniel will actually make me watch it. From those three covers I would go for the yellow one- it’s different and I’m kind of fascinated by it even though it makes my eyes hurt a bit.

Caro: Ohhhhhh I didn’t realize it was Craig Daniel in the cover!!! This was my favorite cover anyway =P I like it a lot. I also like the yellow one because I don’t know what to make of it. It’s mysterious. No idea what’s represented there, but I liike it. I’m not a fan of the one with the girl’s back….it’s just Meh. Wouldn’t pick it up.

What do you think of these covers?
Have you ever bought a Tie-in cover?

Which movie made you want to read a book?
Do you go for the pretty pimped up versions or do you prefer to stick to the roots so to say?

About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Lesley D April 9, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I’ve bought tie-in covers before, but I tend not to go for the ones that show the main character on the cover like One for the Money. I prefer to read the book and get my own image of what I think the characters look like. But if it’s a cover like the Hunger Games then I might buy it. So pretty!

    • pattepoilue April 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

      I saw the moving poster for the Hunger Games months ago and I was fascinated. Now when I see the tie-in cover I keep expecting it to burn too LOL.

    • Susi April 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      I don’t like that either- I like to make up my own mind too.

  • sienny April 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

    never bought a movie tie-in before cause i always prefer the original covers. but i gotta say, hunger games has a awesome movie cover.

    Susi, i don’t even get past 3 chapters for charlaine harris. so 50pages is great job

    • pattepoilue April 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Well I used to think they were awesome but I gave up on this series 3 books ago Meh

    • Susi April 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      LOL finally someone who agrees. That book was such a bore and I usually don’t give up on books easily. You’re my pal now 😉

  • Stella April 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I agree with you Caro, I prefer the movie tie-in covers for all the above mentioned books (The Hunger Games one is sooo pretty!) And I like the Katherine Heigl Stephanie Plum as well. I was so turned off with the original US Sookie covers, they are an abomination ugh 🙁 so horrible!

    Loved this edition, can’t wait for more! 😀 Happy Easter Ladies!

    • pattepoilue April 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I know I know! It took me years to buy the Sookie books because I was always put off by the ugly covers.

    • Susi April 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      LOL…well the Hunger Games one is pretty. 😉

  • LSUReader April 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    You “cover gals” just slay me. Why would you buy the book again, just to have a particular cover? If you like the cover so much, just find it online, save it and print it for framing. Ta da! Free! And you still have the original book, which is the same as the one with the new cover!

    FYI to Caro, Susi and Stella–I like the original Charlaine Harris Sookie covers. They are unique, colorful and attention getting with just a bit of weird thrown in. My favorite of her covers is Definitely Dead, which has a tiger on it!

    Ah well–Thanks for another fun post.

    • pattepoilue April 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      LMAO don’t sound so reasonable! LOL You’re talking to someone who has 4 versions of Persuasion by Jane Austen LOL I know you’re right but I just can’t help it.

    • Susi April 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      *hides in shame* At least we don’t collect stamps. LOL

      And I might have printed a cover or two.

  • blodeuedd April 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    The tie-ins always look cheaper so I am not a fan

    • pattepoilue April 10, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Well I admit that some tie-in covers helped me start quite a few series =P

    • Susi April 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Yes, and they seem to crease easier too. My Eragon copy looks like shit and nearly falls apart. Damn me for being cheap and saving 2€ on that one.

  • Susan April 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    NOT typically a tie-in fan, but I do like the Hunger Games and GoT tie-in covers. Of course, the original US GoT cover managed to be both ugly and bland. Sadly, I own 2 of them–when I misplaced my first copy (how did I misplace that huge sucker?), I bought another.

    Initially, I really hated the original Harris/Sookie covers, but the quirky folk-art style grew on me and I quite like them now and think they suit the storyline. I’ve read all of them, but have to admit the continuity errors and seemingly pointless plot meanderings have taxed my patience. Now that the end of the series is supposedly in sight, maybe Harris will tighten things up a bit for a satisfactory conclusion.

    • pattepoilue April 10, 2012 at 6:47 am

      I sure hope she will tighten things up. Right now it’s on stand-by for me. I ended up hating Sookie so I knew it was time to stop

    • Susi April 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      She never grabbed me with her books. I was so shocked I didn’t like them at all cuz many ppl seem to be so hooked on the series. But oh well happens.

  • aurian April 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Lol, I am happy to say that I have read almost none of those books, nor do I plan to, except for Game of Thrones. And that has been over 20 years ago I guess, and I have them in Dutch, with nice covers. Don’t like the ones you show here. It would be more easy to comment, if you told me which cover is US and which is UK.
    O I am wrong, I also did read the first two Sookie Stackhouse books though. Really did not like them, there is no humor in them at all. The covers are very boring. I think I gave those away.

    • pattepoilue April 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Oh good point. I’ll remember to add the UK/US next time. *headpalm*
      I used to LOVE the Sookie books. I think True Blood helped in making me dislike them. Ruined it for me.

    • Susi April 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      I really don’t like the Sookie ones. And you haven’t read the Hitchhiker Guide? It’s a classic. LOL

  • J.D. April 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Nope. I don’t fall for tie in covers. If there’s nothing new inside, I can wait for it to *shock* come used. 😉 However…if one of the new releases was painted by, oh, say, Michael Whelan or Robert Gould, I might consider it.

    Also, the version of Game of Thrones I own looks totally different than these.I have the 1997 version.

  • draconismoi April 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    The only movie that ever inspired me to read the book was Carrie. Other than that I pretty much always read the book first. Or, you know, pointedly NOT read the books.

    Psh, the Game of Thrones tie-in covers do nothing for me. How could they POSSIBLY expect to improve upon dragons? Not that you’d have any reason to suspect I am particularly partial to dragons.

    I enjoy the folk-art style of the Sookie books. I don’t think the tie-in covers really match the style of the books all that well – though they do match the series. That is one situation where there has been so much divergence between the two at this point it’s best to think of them as completely separate entities.

    Ugh on the One for the Money cover. Actually, ugh on that whole book series. The cover cannot change the content to anything even vaguely appealing.

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