This week’s theme is “choose your own favorite” so I’ve selected one of my favorite books, my favorite L. M. Montgomery novel, The Blue Castle.
These two are much the same, both capturing the pastoral setting and suggesting the romance by putting a couple on the cover…though they don’t evoke the title at all, and there’s some questionable clothing choices going on in that right-hand cover!
By contrast, this one reflects the title precisely, but has little to do with the actual content of the book! Valancy’s blue castle–at least, the one that looks like this–is strictly imaginary, while this cover suggests a medieval fantasy novel.
This one swings the other direction again. I actually rather like it. This one captures the opening of the book most clearly, with the sad girl at her window who seems to be dreaming of something more.
And this one is my favorite. This nicely brings the real and the imagined world together, with the dreaming girl with a book and period-appropriate clothing, in a pastoral setting, with the actual cottage on a lake as well as the silhouette hinting at the imagined (or metaphorical) castle. And I’m partial to the typeface too!
Happy new year!