Pottering through any book shop and looking at the bestseller lists, it’s not uncommon to see new book covers aping previous popular books, for example all the ‘erotica books are done in the style of Fifty Shades these days. The same thing happened with the Da Vinci Code as well as others I would have noticed had I bothered to look at best sellers. I do recall Salmon Fishing in the Yemen spawning a few as well.
It is thanks to the wonderful Private Eye magazine and in particular the infrequent Bookalikes column that has encouraged me to bring this travesty of lazy publishers to your attention. All it takes is the effort to employ some artists, recognise that people don’t want another clone of books they have already read and some original works…it’s not difficult to reinvigorate the poor selection of bestsellers out there.
Stop giving the masses more of the same and if you are so inclined at least dress it up to seem like something that is worth it…or better still don’t jump on the band wagon but bring out original stories, there are plenty out there to be snatched up. It’s a new world these days and the old guard of publishers are being left behind by the strides being made in self publishing.
I read a quote once where some high up woman in a company was proud of the fact the book her company was publishing a book that had a ‘similar plot line to Fifty Shades’. Don’t despair though as It’s not all the publisher’s fault though, it is up to us readers to vote with our wallets and show them we won’t accept tardy rehashes but are ready to be wowed by new and better written works. Anyway small rant over, I would give you more examples of book covers but sadly all my back issues of Private eye are packed away….