Fun With Covers

I don’t have the cover for Pink V– I mean, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine— yet, but Patricia kindly passed along to me this picture of the cover of the large print version of Pink I to add to my cover collection.

I’ve always wondered why they chose such a different look from the mainstream version. Which of the two Pink I looks do you prefer?


  1. Lois on May 16, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Definitely prefer the original one — have to admit, this one’s rather, ah, purple. LOL 🙂 But hey, I’m so used to the first one, I identify the book with that one, so anything different will be strange. 🙂


  2. Lauren on May 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I get very attached to the original covers of the books I read, too. They’ve come out with a whole bunch of Jean Plaidy reprints with absolutely gorgeous covers, but I can’t bring myself to abandon a single one of my awful 80’s editions where they have Queen Charlotte and other pre-modern monarchs wearing huge swathes of neon blue eyeshadow.

  3. Camille la Flamme on May 17, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Following Lois’ thread: Yes. Definitely more Gentian than Carnation. SOMEONE (hem, hem, Richard!) us trying to steal Amy and Jane’s thunder still.

  4. Lauren on May 18, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    I feel very bad for poor Richard– he didn’t even get his own book named after him! His brief glory days occured when I was working on the manuscript and used to refer to it in casual conversation as “Purple”. And I do have an antique purple gentian print over my computer that a friend gave me as a publication present when the first book came out. But other than that, the Pink Carnation has hogged the limelight….

  5. Camille la Flamme on May 19, 2008 at 1:47 am

    Well, Richard had a five-page spread in the Kentish Crier, according to Henrietta in “Tulip”, so…that sort of counts as a book…?

  6. Maggie on May 19, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Is it crazy that I love when a book has multiple covers? If it’s a book I absolutely love I will occasionally buy all of them…I know Jane Eyre is a little different b/c it’s classic lit. but I have 7 versions of it! All from different time periods.

  7. Maggie on May 19, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Oh and Lauren thank you for calling my title extremely lovely in your previous note. That was a very nice compliment 🙂

  8. Lois on May 19, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I only have one Jane Eyre, but three Pride and Prejudices and three Phantom of the Operas. 😉 I don’t go by covers, but by the extra stuff they include, the essays and what-not. Well, in the case of one P&P, it was a $5 hardcover, and it looked pretty. LOL


  9. Candace Osborne on May 20, 2008 at 2:07 am

    I like the first cover better because the second is a little bit too purple. Also, something about the woman’s face on the first cover reminds me more of Amy and Jane more so than the second. Covers definitely help me out when I choose a book. The first thing that attracted me to the Pink Carnation was the cover. Anything with a woman in an 18th century-styled dress and “History” in the title is enough to hook me. I would have still picked up the book even if the second cover had been the first though.

  10. Denise on May 21, 2008 at 12:39 am

    The second book cover intrigued me, so I delved into that one, first. Then went looking the first book. Read the others as fast as Lauren could write them! Fortunately or unfortunately, it’s too easy to make a snappy decision about a cover of a book. The chick lit cover is sophisticated but I like the more historical look.

  11. Mythosidhe on May 21, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I have to say I prefer the original, but only because if I saw that large print cover on the shelf without prior knowledge of the series, I would assume the book was about Madame de Pompadour ;p I adore Boucher, but that portrait doesn’t suit the story at all.

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