Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Similar Covers: Overflowing Bathtubs

While I was at BEA last month, I picked up a bunch of publishers’ catalogues and flipped through them before coming home. (I opted not to bring most of them home with me—since my suitcase was already really heavy, I ripped out the pages that looked interesting instead.) Several of the books had familiar-looking covers including Loaded: Women and Addiction by Jill Talbot, which uses the same bathtub cover as The Point of Rescue by Sophie Hannah (published as The Wrong Mother in the US). It must be noted that Loaded was actually published first, in 2007, by Seal Press, while The Point of Rescue came out with Hodder in 2008. Finally, Close-Up by Dutch writer Esther Verhoef has a very similar cover... (It looks to me like the same bathtub from a slightly different angle.)




For other bathtub lookalike covers, check out this post and this post.

Edited to add:
I’ve added the cover to The Wrong Mother (the US version of The Point of Rescue) because I just realized it features the same bathtub from another angle too (I think).

9 comments:

  1. I think I've seen another cover that's similar, but it won't come to me.

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  2. Reminds me too much of the Dexter season finale...eek!

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  3. I always think of that bath tub scene in Fatal Attraction when I see these!

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  4. I'm just waiting for you to get a job with a publishing consortium somewhere to stamp out similar covers!

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  5. I think I missed my calling..I should've started a business doing book covers using Photoshop!

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  6. I love seeing your look-alike covers. It seems that contemporary fiction is most guilty of doing this. Come to think of it, it'd be interesting to figure out which publishers do this most often.

    On the other hand, Penguin, for example, seem to be very good about creating unique covers.

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  7. Those are fun :-) I love these posts!

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  8. I had never seen those, but I kind of like them. There's definitely something intriguing about the concept!

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  9. Avis, all those bathtub covers are so cool!

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