Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Princess Bride (II)

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

For my birthday this year, Sweetbeeps gave me this lovely, totally chonky, edition of The Princess Bride! I definitely want to reread this book – though this edition is massive and not exactly easy on the wrists. This is actually my fourth edition of the book and there’s at least one other version I’ve seen that I want to own!

It’s illustrated by Michael Manomivibul with a map illustration by Jeffrey C. Mathison, published in 2007 (I think) by HMH, ISBN: 9781328948854.

This is definitely my favorite illustration in the book. I just love the colors and the poses and the background details. Perfect!

My one critique is about these dividing pages – they look so cheap! It’s just low-rez stock art and a cheesy glow around the text. It really cheapens the book! They put so much effort into all the little details, I’m not sure what happened with these pages! They don’t belong! The backsides are like, faded black and white versions of the same images and it gives the appearance of the ink having bled through or something. Just such a strange choice. They really should have had more custom illustrations here. Or at least just more filigree like on the cover. UGH.

These damn images don’t even have anything to do with the book! Like this is some sort of weird spiky flower and what looks like dead grass…OK. WHatever. Don’t bother to put effort into the ENTIRE book or anything.

6 thoughts on “Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Princess Bride (II)”

    1. I grew up watching the movie but wasn’t prepared for how odd the book was going to be. I loved it too! I’ve seen this one at Barnes & Noble along with another illustrated edition. You could try Amazon too.

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    1. Haha that’s not embarrassing! I didn’t realize it was a book until a few years ago! It’s definitely not an obvious adaptation. These days too I think they make a much bigger deal when they adapt something to the screen.

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