Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cover Art Crossovers: Twilight Edition

To go along with my earlier review/ rant about Twilight, I thought it would be interesting to note a rather incongruous cover crossover it has with another book. Twlight's cover is actually quite striking. The black background makes a great contrast with the red apple and pale arms and hands. According to Stephanie Meyer's website, the apple is supposed to symbolize choice, and she cites Biblical and mythological references to help support her argument. Personally, my first thought when seeing the cover was the fairy tale Snow White, but as Meyer's notes, apples are a versatile fruit and carry with them a lot of connections and connotations.

Interestingly enough, as I was browsing at my local Barnes & Nobles, I noticed the cover in the Christianity section. My first instinct was to take the book and reshelve it (my old habits as a bookseller have not completely gone away), but then I took a closer look at the cover and the author. It was a book by C. S. Lewis, theologian and author of the Chronicles of Narnia series. Although the covers do have their differences, they are similar enough to fool someone at first glance. This got me to thinking about how confused people would be if they picked up Lewis's book thinking they were going to be reading about a teenager and her noble, undead boyfriend.