Thoughtful Thursday: Rename this horrible cover!

The-Princess-Bride-Ballantine-EditionNo, gentle readers, your eyes are not deceiving you.

This is the cover for the 1975 Ballantine issue of William Goldman‘s classic novel The Princess Bride.

Yes, we are just as offended as you are. It’s INCONCEIVABLE! This horrid cover does not belong on one of our favorite books and, therefore, it needs a new title. Can you help us provide one that’s more appropriate?

The author of the new title we like best wins a book from the FanLit Stacks. (Unfortunately, we don’t have a copy of this book, but we can set you up with something naughty by Robert A. Heinlein.)


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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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24 comments

  1. Marion /

    Ahhhhh! My eyes! My eyes!

  2. Holy cow, that is really horrible. Please pass the brain bleach.

  3. Marion /

    Not a book, but a movie poster; “Le Caux aux Folle, Starring Johnny Depp.” (Because of the dead bird thing.)

  4. Marion /

    So, I’m repulsed but I can’t look away. What is amazing about this is how brilliantly it sets the reader up to be disappointed in this lovely book! Because they bought it expecting, well, the story that goes with *that* cover.

    • I know, I know! I was thinking the same thing. They buy this (on purpose) and then they get the sweet love story of Buttercup and Westley. What a huge let down!!!

      • Although, if you read the novel, there’s a lot of cynicism in there that isn’t in the movie. A lot.

        (Not this much, admittedly.)

        • Marion /

          I loved all of the commentary in the book, especially (SPOILER ALERT) the hats and the bald princess.

  5. This Bird Is Stealing My Hat

    Circe’s Voyage on Noah’s Ark

    Buttercup Takes a Turn for the Worst, or, One Princess’ Experiments with Acid

  6. Marion /

    How ’bout, “Snakes on a Princess?”

  7. Marion /

    I like “Circe’s Voyage!”

  8. Oh, hey! You found my copy of Princess Demonia and the Tale of Her Mutilated Gimp! Excellent.

  9. Hunter S. Thompson’s The Princess Bride

    HBO’s The Princess Bride

    The Princess Died (and went to hell)

    An Examination of the Shift in Classroom Best Practices in Suburban Schools from 1970 to 1976 and the Impact of Reform on Student Success

  10. Sandyg265 /

    Zombie Sex Slaves

  11. Sandyg265 /

    Voodoo Zombie Queen

  12. What Happened in Vegas Should Have Stayed There.

  13. “Demon Slut” – this cover – yikes!

  14. Sarah Webb /

    I vote for Bill’s “An Examination of…”

  15. Melanie Goldmund /

    To The Pain — Wallowing in Freakish Misery Forever

  16. Dr. Frankenfurter, The Later Years: Red is the New Black

  17. Demonic Dreams

    That is an awful cover. I wonder what the people who planned that were smoking???

  18. Waiting for the Bus: A Horror.

  19. Ok, the perfect title:

    The School Lunch

    ;-)

  20. Melanie Goldmund /

    Please Consider Me as an Alternative to Suicide

  21. Marion /

    Dorothy, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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