Friday Face-Off: A Kissing Book


It’s time again for the Friday Face-Off meme, created by Books by Proxy, with weekly topics hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog.  The idea is to put up different covers for one book, and select a favorite.

This week’s theme is: Romantic – “thus with a kiss I die”

I thought a bit about different romances I’ve enjoyed, and then hit on the classic “kissing book,” The Princess Bride by William Goldman, beautifully brought to life in the movie of the same name.  One of the greats, and a book I’ve been meaning to reread.  And happily, there are MANY covers.

I kind of enjoy the swashbucklingness of this one, even if it’s put Buttercup in the classic clinging-heroine pose.  But…that’s not altogether inaccurate.

This one makes it look like quite the classic fairy tale…which is interesting, but I don’t know that it accurately suggests the tone of the book!

Here we have the Dread Pirate Roberts as  played by Zorro…

I WANT to like this cover because it has Inigo and Fezzik on it, but as it actually happens, the proportions and angles are totally off…

And I have literally no idea what is happening in this cover.  No.  Idea.

This one is my favorite!  I like the coloring, the details of the border and font, and I like that it looks like the movie characters without looking like a movie tie-in cover.  Buttercup is still kind of doing the clinging-heroine thing, but it helps that she looks more resolute than fearful.

2 thoughts on “Friday Face-Off: A Kissing Book

  1. I have actually never read the book and I don’t think I’ve seen the movie. (I don’t remember it anyway.) So if I was going to pick the book to read based on its cover, I’d say the last one appeals to me the most. It suggests adventure and romance. The first one does, too, but somehow makes the story look like a children’s book, which I assume it is not.

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