Top Ten Tuesday: Best and Worse Covers of the Same Books


As usual, TTT is brought to you courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish.

Okay so the prompt was: Top Ten Historical Settings You Love/ Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books — basically this week is all about the past or the future….spin it however you choose!

…but I can’t. I sat there and wracked my brain, and I just can’t. Nothing I thought of appealed or hadn’t already been done. So, I’m doing a different one. Many popular older books have been released with different covers. Here’s the best and the worst (purely my opinion) of 10 of them.

Top Best And Worst (Horror) Book Edition Covers


It | It (Eso)

It by Stephen King

Maybe because the clown on the left is the Pennywise I associate with the movie, but the one on the right just looks more alien and odd than actually scary.

Rosemary's Baby | Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Okay, so the one on the left is a little typical / traditional, but its still downright eerie when you consider that this book falls under the horror genre. The one on the right… what in the world is going on here? The carriage is flying? What’s that got to do with anything?

The Exorcist | The Exorcist

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Look at the one on the left. Its perfect. It instantly lets you know what’s going on. You know that there’s most likely going to be a little kid possessed. Its dark, creepy, and perfect. The one on the right is… is… is “I couldn’t afford a graphic artist to design my cover, so I did it at home by myself with a little bit of photoshop training.” is what it is.

Dead Sea | Dead Sea

Dead Sea by Brian Keene

The one on the left is so much better than the one on the right. The one on the right makes you think that the book is going to be silly or that its from a far different time than when it was actually published. The one on the left immediately tells you “at some point, gon’ be some zombies on a boat.”

Funland | Funland

Funland by Richard Laymon

There’s only one clown that desires to be on the cover of a horror novel, and that’s Pennywise. The one on the right makes it look 1.) not very scary and 2.) like maybe it’s an IT rip-off. The one on the left? Yeah, its cheesy, but its also a lot creepier looking.

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10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best and Worse Covers of the Same Books

        1. have you seen the ‘mystery book reads’ where they wrap the books up so you can’t tell what’s on the cover, authors name, etc, and just describe them for you on the paper?

  1. Funland is one creepy cover. Clowns are never to be trusted, they are creepy and not funny at all. Also the cover for It is the stuff of nightmares. I love your spin on the topic and I like seeing the differences in the covers. 😀

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