Friday Faceoff – A very little key will open a very heavy door… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceoff

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This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This meme is currently being nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and the theme this week to feature on any of our covers is a door. I’ve selected A Wind in the Door – Book 2 of The Quintet series by Madelaine L’Engle.

 

This Polish edition was produced by MAG in May 2018. The dark cover immediately stands out and I really like the depiction of the planets around the edge. While that image of the eyes and wings in the middle of the round door or window – I’m not sure which – is sufficiently odd and disturbing to stop me in my tracks. While the way the title and author fonts are incorporated into the main cover design is really slick and attractive.

 

This offering, published by Dell Laurel-Leaf in March 1976. It’s this creepy, shocking design that has been the inspiration for many of the subsequent covers and looking at it, I can see why. It’s well ahead of its time and hasn’t dated anything like as much as many 1970s covers I’ve seen. The green-tinged trees immediately evoke a sense of menace and when you add that freakish doorway with that many-winged, multi-eyed creature, it certainly make you take a closer look.

 

Published in May 2007 by Square Fish, this attractive cover is far less disturbing. At least at first glance… until you look at that flock flying in the sky and realise that the some of them aren’t necessarily all birds… Other than that, the landscape is beautiful, which lovely autumnal colours. If I have a grizzle it’s that the title and author fonts featured on the door are really boring, which is a shame.

 

This Commemorative Edition, published by Dell in 1997, is far darker. I like the way the author’s name runs along the side of the book, making a feature of her fame without impinging on the cover design. Those disturbing eyes feature again, along with a pair of wings emerging from what looks like a fire. The problem that I have with this one is there is nothing that ties all the images together in any kind of coherence, so I can’t make sense of it – a shame because it’s so nearly a good design.

 

This cover, published in 1973, by St. Martins Press is my favourite. I love the detail and oddness, which is also very beautiful. I am not quite sure what exactly is going on, but I definitely want to find out, whereas those eyes – while certainly getting my attention – repel rather than attract me, as I think they look horrific and I don’t do horror. There is certainly a wide range of covers for you to choose this week – so which is your favourite?

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32 responses »

  1. Oh, the Polish one is so striking, bizarre though the eye-wings are, that I think it has to get my vote, though the last one really is fascinating too. I just pulled A Wrinkle in Time off the shelf for a reread- these covers are a good nudge to keep going with the series. Thanks 🙂

    • Oh yay! I’d begun to think I was the only one who had fallen in love with the beautiful detail in this cover – thank you for swinging by and making your choice:)

  2. Somehow I’ve only read A Wrinkle in Time and completely missed until about 5 years ago or so that this was a series! This one is on my TBR and I’m hoping to get to it soon. I like them all and they all definitely have a creepy element! I think the last one is my favorite too though the 1976 with all the green is a close second.

  3. I’m not commenting in sequence here, I know, but I LOVE to comment on your cover posts, which I greatly enjoy reading! So I doubled back to this one!

    Your favorite cover this week is mine, as well. That’s because I know this style very well. It’s a design by the GREAT cover illustrators/designers Leo and Diane Dillon! They were a husband and wife team (sadly, Leo has passed on) who produced WONDERFUL covers in the 60s and 70s. I know they created covers for the entire Time Quartet series, as I have featured some of them in my blog’s cover meme, “Shelf Candy Saturday”. So, of course, I LOVE their design for “The Wind In The Door”!!

    The covers by MAG, Dell Laurel-Leaf, and Dell, all have the same basic image of eyes and wings turning and turning (although the Dell cover is a bit different). I find the first two covers disturbing because of this, although I do like the other design elements.

    Btw, this motif of the eyes and wings reminds me of a vision the prophet Ezekiel, had, in the Bible. This vision is in Chapter 1 of the Book of Ezekiel. Although not quite the same, it has the same eeriness as the images on the covers above. Some scholars have speculated that what Ezekiel actually saw was aliens and flying saucers! How about that? Fascinating, as Mr. Spock would say! Lol.

    Thanks for sharing all of these covers, Sarah!! HUGS!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you for taking the time to tell me all the background to the designs of the covers. I am always so impressed with your knowledge! Have a lovely week – I’m taking a bit of a break, but will be back as usual this time next week:)xxx

  4. That first one almost has a steampunk-ish flavor to it, I think–not bad, but I do like the offputting second cover more, with this strange cluster of wings just…there. So bizarre!

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