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There is a series of five classics -- four novels and one play -- with covers that were
by those of The Twilight Saga.
They were produced by Harper Teen, beginning
from 2009 to 2011. They were meant to attract
young adult audiences to the
perennial classics of English Literature.
Some people were not very happy
when these editions were published.
They somehow considered it insulting
that time-honored classics should have to be promoted under the Twilight banner.
I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about.
These covers are absolutely gorgeous!
So here they are -- "The Twilight Classics"!
These covers are very, very beautiful!!
I can't say it enough!
The colors are indeed similar to those in
The Twilight Saga's four volumes,
except for the rather obvious fact that
the color green is not much in evidence
on the Twilight covers.
If the same artist designed these,
as well as the Twilight ones,
then it stands to reason that there would be
some similarity of style.
Well, there's nothing wrong with that!
If the publishers wanted a "similar look"
when they commissioned the covers
for the classic novels,
with the purpose of attracting a teen audience,
I for one think this is a wonderful idea!
After all, these five books are love stories,
with the sole exception of Wuthering Heights,
which is really a tale of misplaced revenge.
(The only thing I love about that book is the cover...)
Does putting such covers on these classics
mean that Twilight is on an equal
literary footing with them?
Well, that's a loaded question...
If one looks at the writing styles in which
the listed classics were written,
and compares them with the prose
of The Twilight Saga, then obviously not.
However, if one looks at the dynamics of the plots
of these books, and the Twilight books,
one can't help but notice that
the characters and events in all of them
evoke some very, very similar
emotions. They all touch the heart. They all provide
that powerful catharsis present in all
great literature, the grand drama that stirs the
emotions, thus changing the reader forever.
These books all possess that elusive quality
that makes them timeless.
Is The Twilight Saga already a timeless classic?
Without a doubt.
So I am very pleased and happy that these
five classic novels now have covers
designed in this style.
Whether or not it's similar to that
of the Twilight books, it's still quite fitting.
Love, after all, has always been linked
to the color red,
especially in such flowers as roses and tulips.
Of course, I am collecting all of these books,
not only for the covers, but
for what is contained within each book.
(This is not the case with Wuthering Heights,
however. I only like the cover of this book.)
The only classic I'm missing at this point is
Sense and Sensibility, but it won't be
for long... it's in my Amazon
Wish List, waiting for me to bring it home
with one swift click!
What are your thoughts
on this topic?
What do you think of these covers?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!