Cringe Worthy Covers: Ender's Game

Nathan's recent rant has inspired me to start a new semi-regular feature on the blog. It won't be "every Wednesday", but I'll try to do it about once a week. Depending, of course, on how frequently I can find good examples of bad book covers. The idea here is simple - even the best books can have the most terrible cover art, and any publisher who commits such a crime deserves to be ridiculed.

Let's start things off with one of my all-time favorite novels: Ender's Game.  I was originally planning on elaborating more on the various covers, but I realized that's unnecessary.  These are going to be awful, and you don't need me to convince you of that fact. So here we go.

Good idea:

Bad Idea:

Way to go publisher!  You made cover art so bad I can't even find this edition of the book for sale on Amazon.  High five!


Kathleen on 06/30/2010 9:54 a.m.

Yeah, the second one is terrible, but the first one isn't too great either in my opinion!

Scott on 06/30/2010 10:30 a.m.

I guess I can see how the first one still suffers from the "I'm a nerd reading a sci-fi book" problem (which is unfortunate since <i>Ender's Game</i> isn't just for sci-fi fans). Then again, I <i>am</i> a nerd, so that doesn't bother me all that much.

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Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) on 06/30/2010 9:18 p.m.

That second cover made me laugh out loud. It looks like this cartoon that was on when I was younger, MegaMan.

Scott on 07/01/2010 8:41 a.m.

<a href="" rel="nofollow">Spot on.</a>

Christy on 07/08/2010 11:20 a.m.

Oh my word, yes. I remember seeing that second, awful cover years ago in a bookstore and I was taken totally aback. It absolutely does not match the story at all in tone, not to mention the artwork is bad all on its own.

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