This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic, brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish, is a feast for the eyes - they've asked us all to think long and hard about our favourite book covers, the ones that you'd be happy to enlarge and have hanging in a frame in pride of place on your wall. I love this topic! I've spent far too long clicking away on Google image search results looking for my favourite editions of my favourite books. It's so fascinating to see how the cover artwork changes over the years, or how a novel can be illustrated so differently from one country to the next.
What amazed me most was the number of absolutely stunning original re-designs of covers of some of my favourite classic stories that can be found on the online portfolios and websites of illustrators and graphic designers. I stumbled across some gorgeous interpretations that I would be delighted to display in my home or have sitting proudly on my bookshelves. How about this one, by BumbleExpress via DeviantArt?
Or this one here by illustrator Thomas Walker?
You have to wonder why our local bookshops are filled with identikit stock images of pictures of women with their heads cropped out of the frame, or silhouettes walking into the sunset, when there is obviously such a wealth of talent and innovation to be found in the fields of illustration and graphic design. This article from Book Riot about tired book cover trends was originally published in December 2012 but unfortunately still rings true today!
Ultimately, it was too hard for me to choose a top ten - so here are just a selection of ten covers that I loved and would be proud to display in a frame in my home!