Monday, July 29, 2013

{Cover Reveal} Things That Make You Go ‘Ewww”

So I’m scrolling Twitter the other day, as you do, and I see this tweet from Huffington Post Books:

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Who wouldn't be intrigued? Well I clicked it, and was I surprised to find that it wasn’t only a book I knew but knowing what I know about the book, man it made my insides melt a little, my eyes want to jump out of their socket and caused an uncontrollable bout of awkward laughing to begin…

Here’s the cover you find when you click the link:

 

 

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If you know this book (or maybe you know the movie – I’ve not read the book, but I have seen the movie), you are fully freaking out right now. You know that this is wrong…so very very wrong.

For those of you who don’t know the book, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads about the book originally released in 1979 (yes, that makes it as old as me….):

Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!
It wasn't that she didn't love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake--a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.
So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.
Just for a little while.
But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work--children who--one by one--must be destroyed....
'Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive....

To break this down for you – the cover is BROTHER ANS SISTER. It’s important to the plot – but whoa to the misleading cover images!  Like someone said in the original Huff Post article – I can’t unsee this! *shudders* Talk about a repackaging fail!

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*Thanks HuffPostBooks for the tweet that lead to this post

10 comments:

  1. My eyes are burning. I did read the book...that was enough. I don't need to SEE it. Dear lord.

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  2. Yeah - I have no words for this.

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  3. Did the cover designer even know what the book was about? Goodness Gracious!!!

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    1. LOL I know right!? I mean, I get it but....how totally misleading is this!!???

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  4. Yup I remember this book - the whole series actually! So the cover doesn't catch me off guard, but for someone who has never read the series Yikes!!!

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  5. I did read the book but did not watch the movie and I know the creepy ikly stuff inside those pages, the cover is very misleading especially for the younger crowd.

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  6. You know, one time I remember my (kinda conservative) Mom had a copy of this and was telling me I should read this when I was a teenager. And I kind of knew what it was about and thought it was the strangest thing...I think she may have blocked something out.

    Between this and the Sylvia Plath cover design, I'm thinking this may become a pattern for marketers to catch the attention of NA readers.

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  7. What is even worse is that they are remaking the movie for Lifetime.

    http://www.deadline.com/2013/07/lifetime-greenlights-flowers-in-the-attic-movie-with-heather-graham-ellen-burstyn/

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  8. Oh vey! This is so misleading, I just can't believe the publisher would make this the new cover.
    -Scott Reads It!

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