We couldn’t think of a better bookend to a week of awful album covers than Bookninja.com‘s recent contest which asked readers to reimagine popular novels by redesigning their covers. The winners are posted here. Just to give you a taste, here is the top vote-getter Ingrid Paulson reimagining Cormac McCarthy’s The Road:
If you don’t immediately find this hilarious, it may help to know that The Road is a post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son that is as bleak and desolate as the day is long. But the comedic moment has probably passed us by.
Here are a few more for good measure, starting with Ben’s personal favorite:
design by Beth Martin
design by Greg Erskine
design by Carlton Wilson
Meanwhile, the British paper The Guardian jumped on this and held its own contest. The results are not quite as funny or aesthetically pleasing, but there are a few hits (particularly this one for The Brothers Karamazov).
There’s lots of other good stuff on bookninja.com too (the “about” page advertises the site as “an orgy of literary fun”), particularly if you’re: 1) book-obsessed, 2) interested in the book industry, or 3) Canadian. Or if you just prefer things spelled incorrectly, like “humour” and “neighbours.”