Recently I finally picked up my audiobook version of The Martian. I have wanted to read it for a while. Then I bought it but put it aside. When I finally got to it, hit play on my Audible app there was a GIANT Matt Damon face staring at me. What the what??? I thought there was an orange cover with an astronaut on the cover. Ah but the movie just came out. Must be time for a new cover with the start of the movie on it. But does his face have to be literally all up in mine??
Anyway got me thinking of all the covers that get changed when the movie comes out. How many of them are just awful with just the characters on the cover. Are there any that are actually better than the original (or non-movie) cover? Well, I found out I don’t hate as many as I thought I would. Some were just eh. Here is my breakdown of some.
When the Movie Cover is Better
It doesn’t happen often that the movie cover is just clearly better. I think with both The Devil Wears Prada and Big Fish they both clearly improved the original. Note: there are no stars of the movies on these covers.
Gone Girl: I kind of like both covers. The original gives off the creepy vibe. The movie one has a mystery to it. Plus I like they didn’t shove both the actors in our faces.
Girl, Interrupted: Equally good in my eyes. I like how and where the title is in both. While the movie one is of the actor (and yes it is all in my face) I think it is more artistically done.
The Help: These are both pretty good. I like that the colors and main idea is similar. While the actors are in this they are on a smaller scale.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: This is an equally meh for me. With both, I don’t particularly hate them but I don’t particularly like them either.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Ok so I haven’t read the book ro watched the movie. I like both covers though. In the non-movie version I love the font against the background. In the movie version I love the baackground color. I also don’t find the actors distracting.
Still Alice: Both of these are just eh. I could kind of deal with either and wouldn’t care.
The Fault in Our Stars: I love both. I think I love the movie version because well I loved the movie. Also, I think it is sweet.
Wild: I mean whatever. They are both saying “Hey I am going on a super long hike”. I lean more towards the original but again whatever.
Prefer the Non-Hollywood Spin
Julie & Julia: No offense to Meryl Streep and Amy Adams but it’s just not a cute cover. I like the black bar with the title and little illustration but then it got all messed up with them on it (again no offense). I prefer the original.
The Martian: I mentioned this one above. It creeps me out a bit to have Matt Damon staring at me when I look at my phone when I am listening to it. SO yeah I rather have the original.
Eat Pray Love: I will say that I DNFed this book AND movie. UGH. Anyway the movie version is so boring. I hate the multiple scenes from the movie too. I think the original cover was simple but connected well to what the book was.
If I Stay: These are actually kind of similar but it comes down to the multiple movie scenes for me. I really dislike that on movie covers.
The Nicholas Sparks Edition
I will say one thing about a Nicholas Sparks cover – they are consistent. All his non-movie covers look EXACTLY the same. All his movie covers look EXACTLY the same. The dude sells a shit ton of books so I guess it doesn’t matter either way right?