Spent an hour at Barnes & Noble today looking at books. I took a few pics of amusing shelf locations and amusing books while looking at covers.
I'm a sucker for a good cover, to the point that I'm contemplating making a coffee table book that's nothing but fake book covers. Or something.
Speaking of covers: I really hate it when they moviefy book covers. You know, when they put the poster of the movie they made out of the book onto the BOOK. ("Oh! I love Brad Pitt... I bet I'll like this book...") Upton Sinclair's <i>Oil!</i> was proudly displayed with Daniel Day-Lewis's mustachioed manliness on its cover, the poster for <i>21</i> emblazoned whichever one of Ben Mezrich's books it was based upon. (I say this because I truthfully don't know which it was... a quick glance at Amazon shows that he has at least three books all detailing his capers with the MIT whiz kids who busted Vegas. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Busting-Vegas-Brought-Casinos-Their/dp/B000Q6GXWM/ref=pdbbs2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202505258&sr=8-2">One</a>. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Down-House-Students-Millions/dp/B00015PPM2/ref=pdbbs3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202505258&sr=8-3">Two</a>. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Vegas-Ben-Mezrich/dp/0099490994/ref=pdbbssr_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202505258&sr=8-5">Three</a>.)
I remember trying in vain to locate a copy of <i>Fight Club</i> without either Brad Pitt, Ed Norton, or Brad Pitt AND Ed Norton on the cover around the time the movie came out. Ug. I always like to joke "Oh, they made a book out of that movie?!" whenever I see one, but even that's not doing it for me anymore.
Please, publishers, keep movies off of your books. Thank you.