Covers too (WasRE: titles...)
Tanaquil2 at aol.com
Tanaquil2 at aol.com
Tue Aug 3 16:51:45 EDT 1999
In a message dated 8/3/99 12:20:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Melissa at Proffitt.com writes:
>>I don't know the name of that illustrator who does those wonderful
>>fantasy illustrations. I've seen his/her work on the Year's Best
>>Fantasy & Sci-fi anthologies, the Keneally Morrison books, all over the
>>place. The work is very High Fantasy.
>I did know this name. Now I can't remember. I don't think I have any books
>with his covers...don't like Celts-in-space, don't have Kushner's
>_Swordspoint_ or _Thomas the Rhymer_...but I remember that his name always
>conjures up images of Celtic fantasy, for some reason. In fact, I'd
>nominate his cover art as an example of tying text and cover together
>closely, because as I think about it, almost all the stuff he's done has
>been of those Celtic high fantasy things. He does a lot of Diana Paxson's
Tom Canty I think
>Tepid title and yick-covers can hinder but they won't stop, though.
>Sometimes I get very finicky over the cover illustrations to dwj books,
>but I know I'll be thrilled with the contents.
I get finicky over the Narnia stories with the covers illustrated by
Pauline Baynes. For me part of the magic of the stories was those
jewel-coloured covers and the illustrations inside. I find it very hard to
read the stories in other but those Puffin editions. (and speaking of
unreadable, I have even come across an abridged edition of the Narnia
chronicles, if you can believe it--don't know who published those, but
really, is nothing sacred?)
I am very fond of the old Puffin covers in general esp those edited
by Kaye Webb. Yes, those were the days.... I was mildly horrified by the
Puffin US paperback edition of DWJ's "Stopping for a Spell." (by David Gaadt
'96) Perhaps it's just personal taste but I prefer illustrations that look
like illustrations not ones that sort of look like photographs. (in the same
way that I tend to prefer fantasy stories to so-called 'realistic' fiction.
Reality I can get by looking out the window. In a story I want to escape,
and I think a good cover illustration just ties into that sort of mood you
get into when you're drawn inside a book.
Someone mentioned the "Archer's Goon" covers. Did you mean the one
where the Goon's speared a piece of chocolate cake on his knife (that knife)
and he just looks too large for the room? I liked that cover, and I also
have a hardcover where the Goon and Howard are holding hands. I found that
one a little sparse and chilly, not really matched to the crowded domestic
feel of the book. I think you can get into get into a book even if the cover
isn't that great, but when it's good, when it really matches the feel of the
book, it makes such a difference, so why not make great covers, instead of
sticking them on like an afterthought from the guys in marketing or accounts?
Well that's my rant for the day....
No, wait a minute. Wasn't someone else talking at one time about
casting "Howl's Moving Castle" ? Well, don't laugh, but how about Rupert
Everett and Minnie Driver? Unlikely, I know, but I just saw "An Ideal
Husband" recently and the characters kept going on about how "heartless" the
Rupert Everett character was. And naturally it made me think of Howl. And I
thought "Hmm. This Rupert Everett person would make quite a creditable Howl,
you know. And Minnie Driver might be quite good as Sophie." There did seem
to be a good chemistry between them. Anyone see the movie? What do you
think? Who would you like to see as Howl and Sophie? Or Thomas Lynn and
Polly? I think Daniel Day Lewis might make a good Chrestomanci if he'd stop
taking those depressing Laurence Olivier-cum-Dustin
Hoffman-look-at-me-I'm-acting roles. Anyone who could follow Johnny in "My
Beautiful Laundrette" with Cecil in "A Room With a View" could have a lot of
fun with Chrestomanci.
But you don't have to take my word for it....
So long, Max
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