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Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« on: May 09, 2008, 08:51:06 AM »
Saw this in a bookshop yesterday and flipped out:



It's about the American Civil War. No, Anastasia isn't a character in the novel -- they're just using her image for jacket decoration. But still -- weird, eh?
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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2008, 09:01:37 AM »
That is so weird. It's another example of publishers really being out of touch with the intelligence of their readers. Did they think the photo would not be recognized as Grand Duchess Anastasia by ANYONE?

Anyhoo, I found a another cover of the book on the author's website. It has another female's photo on it. I don't recognize this person, but who knows, it may be an obscure royal I am just not familiar with.  :o. Check out the other cover.

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/ann-rinaldi/juliet-s-moon.htm

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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2008, 09:11:02 AM »
Ha! Interesting find Sarushka!  :)

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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2008, 09:40:18 AM »
That is so weird. It's another example of publishers really being out of touch with the intelligence of their readers. Did they think the photo would not be recognized as Grand Duchess Anastasia by ANYONE?

I wouldn't presume anyone at Harcourt recognized Anastasia in the first place. For all we know, nobody but the jacket artist might have seen the full photo.


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Anyhoo, I found a another cover of the book on the author's website. It has another female's photo on it. I don't recognize this person, but who knows, it may be an obscure royal I am just not familiar with.  :o. Check out the other cover.

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/ann-rinaldi/juliet-s-moon.htm

I found that cover on Amazon as well. I wonder why they didn't stick with it? The hairstyle and dress are obviously more appropriate to the era.
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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2008, 10:12:16 AM »
I'm glad that the book doesn't have a name like "Robert E. Lee's Daughter."

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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2008, 09:42:08 PM »
*snorts*

Publishers do the silliest things, don't they? If I recall correctly, Robert Alexander and his agent fought with Penguin over the Rasputin's Daughter cover and lost. Le sigh.
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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2008, 10:36:16 PM »
What's this about the cover of Rasputin's Daughter?
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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2008, 10:49:17 PM »
Tatiana's on the cover of Rasputin's Daughter, which gives some people a funny feeling, considering the title! ;)
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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2008, 01:45:11 AM »
Oh my...

this reminds me about this anecdote: when Tolkienīs Hobbit was first published, it had an ostrich on the cover!!! the publisher said they wanted to make it look exotic.

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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2008, 08:55:47 AM »
That book jacket is (I'm cracking up laughing whilst I type this) horrifc! Laughing  because it is so horrific and laughing because this is a perfect example of what sometimes occurs when an author hands over their book to the publishers/editors.

Guess all we can do is shake our head, roll our eyes, and hope some poor unsuspecting consumer doesn't waste their money thinking the novel is about Anastasia.

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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2008, 09:30:24 AM »


What the...? Out of all the old photos of girls, they picked Anastasia? I wonder if it had something to do with copyrights (or lack of). Weird.... But I wouldn't worry about "poor unsuspecting" customers... If someone actually buys a book based on the cover photo, then they deserve to get an unplesant surprise! ;-)

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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2008, 09:38:47 AM »
It's so lame to use Anastasia, anyone who cares enough about history to read a historical novel knows who she is and what she looks like. The other picture is wrong, too. If they were going for a random girl to represent "Juliet" why not choose an 1860's era girl? Hoop skirt, low neckline, flat hair on top and ringlets to the side? Both Anastasia and the other girl are obviously from another time fashion-wise. Why did they do it? They need new people to design covers. (like us!)

About Tatiana on the cover of Rasputin's daughter, that's wrong too since the picture is obviously supposed to represent the main character. I don't know why they did such a thing. It only confuses people who don't know any better.
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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2008, 09:42:14 AM »
Why did they do it?

I have a feeling it had something to do with some sort of copyright... But all the same, this is really odd. I wonder what Rinaldi had to say about it, if she cared one way or another...

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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2008, 09:45:06 AM »
Guess what, I just went to Amazon to see this book, and here is the cover I saw there:



Sarushka, are you playing a practical joke on us? ;-)

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Re: Strange new book jacket featuring Anastasia
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2008, 10:07:18 AM »
Why did they do it?

I have a feeling it had something to do with some sort of copyright... But all the same, this is really odd. I wonder what Rinaldi had to say about it, if she cared one way or another...

There must be a lot of random 1860's pictures they could have claimed and used, if not they could have drawn one. Someone drew the flag and burining house, they could have drawn an imaginary girl to portray the character too. They should be thinking Scarlett O'Hara, not Anastasia, or the other girl, clearly from the 1880s after hair and clothing styles had changed a lot.