Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Similar Covers: Boys

It seems to me that the covers I mention in my “similar covers” posts generally feature girls or women (if they feature people at all), and hardly ever boys or men.* So it seemed like it was about time to present you with these boys on lookalike covers!

This first collection is of sailor boy covers: Autumn in Yalta: A Novel and Three Stories by David Shrayer-Petrov (Syracuse University Press, 2006), They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell (Pantheon, 1964) and Youri by Henri Troyat (Flammarion, 1992). You may remember that the French cover for They Came Like Swallows was in last week’s post.

Then I found Torn Water by John Lynch (Harper Collins, 2005), Broken Fever: Reflections of Gay Boyhood by James Morrison (St. Martin’s Press, 2001) and Van venir com orenetes (the Catalan translation of They Came Like Swallows) by William Maxwell (Labutxaca, 2009)...

Finally, a twosome I’d be saving for a while: Our Holocaust by Amir Gutfreund (Toby Press, 2006) and Hide & Seek by Clare Sambrook (Canongate, 2009). (You may remember that I featured another cover of Hide and Seek in my paper doll chains post.)

Unfortunately, I’m not very fond of any of these covers!

*In fact, I checked and other than four posts featuring couples, only three other posts—out of over 100!—feature boys or men: vampire (which I just updated with a fourth cover), boy from behind (the Tineye post) and back of head.


  1. At least they photoshopped the bottom tow to make them looks a little different. None of those covers grab me either.

  2. Two sets of triplets and a set of twins! Wow!

  3. I don't like any of these covers...

    I like pretty covers with girls in dresses.

  4. I'm not too crazy about these covers either. None of them would make me want to pick up the book.

  5. That's so funny. I never thought about it before but there are very few pictures of boys on the covers of books. Hmmm...I wonder what that is all about!

  6. You're so right … in fact, most covers seems to feature women, not just your lookalive covers. And I'm not a big fan of any of them either.