No one seems to know quite what to do with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Over the course of its relatively short life span, it’s been packaged as chick lit, as historical fiction, as suspense, and as romance– sometimes by the same publishers.
With the advent of the new mass market cover, this seemed like a fun time to look back over some of the more dramatic cover shifts.
Here’s the original artwork for the Pink hardcover (circa 2004) and its last minute replacement (2005):
Then you can compare the trade paperback (2005) with the new mass market (2010):
My English publishers also had trouble picking a look. Here’s the hardcover artwork versus the paperback:
The German cover for Pink– or, as they call it, Verbotene Liebschaften– underwent a particularly dramatic shift:
Which, I suppose, just goes to show how hard it is to judge a book by its cover….