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June 12, 2006


Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 2:11 pm

Pulp Covers for Classic Books

This is the second fake book cover for Jane Eyre that I’ve come across in my travels. The other one, you might remember, was a contest winner designed by the Association of Librarians of the Czech Republic and featured a gun weilding Jane in shiny black leather. This one is a bit more disturbing since I’ve seen a lot of REAL covers which look more ridiculous than this!

Coincidentally, I made one of my own last night. It is a long story, but a friend who had been gone for a while returned with pictures of Michael Jayston from a 1970s drama he was in. One of these was from the credits and featured a really silly painting of him and the female lead (well, there is some resemblance in the face but as fit as Mr. Jayston is, those are clearly not his pecs). After laughing over it for too long, I was tempted to make this. Otherwise, I should never have done something so contrary to all I believe in. But it was 3 am…

There wasn’t much to do. I merely replaced the painted heads with ones from a screencap of Jane Eyre! If anyone actually wants to see the original in all of its cheesy glory, this can be arranged.

You can see the rest of the covers, including the Iliad, Moby Dick, Little Women, Alice in Wonderland, and Animal Farm here.



  1. OMG!!! This is hilarious!!! I showed this to my co-worker and we both laughed so hard we almost drove ourselves to exhaustion!!

    This picture totally made my day!! 😀

    btw, what in the world is he wearing? Is that some kind of swimsuit?? And um..even the woman with Jane’s face looks a bit dislocated!

    Comment by mysticgypsy — June 12, 2006 @ 3:46 pm |Reply

  2. I nearly hurt myself laughing at the original one last night. Thisbeciel and I are both thinking of putting it on our desktops as wallpaper 😀 It’s incredibly wrong.

    And, yes, that is a swimsuit he is wearing. I wish I could find the link to the Mr Rochester boby building competition but I think they must have realised soon that there was a Mr Rochester (it was a Mr. Rochester New York competition 😉 That led to some fun animated pics from my friend Kristina (a commercial for a fitness routine using pics of Mr R in the musical, in poses were his chest looks rather puffed up).

    Comment by Brontëana — June 12, 2006 @ 5:20 pm |Reply

  3. ROLF! Do send this picture to Michael and send him for an autograph!!!!!!!

    Comment by siansaksa — June 13, 2006 @ 3:17 pm |Reply

  4. I meant “ask him”…

    Comment by siansaksa — June 13, 2006 @ 3:20 pm |Reply

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