Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

A new week, a new Re-Covered Books contest. I’m going to do better about keeping this contest active and moving since so many of you truly seem to enjoy it. This time around I’ve decided to go away from my natural nerdy, boy aesthetic and open up to some older, more feminine literature. Kyle and I were speaking about what book to re-cover this time around, and he thought Jane Eyre would be a good idea. Honestly, I have to say I’ve never read Jane Eyre before, it’s not exactly my style, but I can certainly appreciate it for it’s proto-feminism and Gothic themes.

To do a bit of preparation I read the Jane Eyre Wikipedia page several times, and this bit was super interesting to the nerdy, boy part of me.

Jane Eyre uses many motifs from Gothic fiction, such as the Gothic manor (Thornfield), the Byronic hero (Mr. Rochester) and The Madwoman in the Attic (Bertha), whom Jane perceives as resembling “the foul German spectre—the Vampyre” (Chapter XXV) and who attacks her own brother in a distinctly vampiric way: “She sucked the blood: she said she’d drain my heart” (Chapter XX). The mystery of Thornfield manor with its dark secrets creates a typically Gothic atmosphere of suspense. When resolved, we then get the theme of madness, also common in Gothic fiction, as is the motif of two characters, John Reed and Bertha Mason, who commit suicide. Although the novel contains no overt supernatural occurrences, hints of apparently supernatural happenings are frequently mentioned such as Jane’s prophetic dreams, her sense of the ghost of her uncle, or the lightning striking the oak tree on the night she agrees to marry Mr. Rochester.

Here’s what I’d like to see. Something that doesn’t look anything like what you see in the examples above. I want you to come up with something that’s new and contemporary, something that will grab the attention of a person walking by but that still stays true to the spirit of the book. Don’t do anything retro, a Penguin throwback or anything of the sort. I want to see new, fresh ideas. The winner of this month’s Re-Covered Books contest will win $100 to Amazon.

RULES

• Please save your images as JPGs no larger than 800px wide at 72 DPI/RGB mode, there’s no height restrictions (within reason). Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Making a front and back cover with certainly help your chances, but is not required.

• Label your files “firstname-lastname-jane-eyre.jpg”

• Send all entries to contest@thefoxisblack.com with the subject “Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre“. Cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.

• All entries are due September 1st, 2011 by Midnight, PST.

If there are any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with and be sure to tell your friends/classmates/pets to participate. Good luck and have fun!

Patrick Ackerman's Cover for Jane Eyre

Patrick Ackerman

Jeff Stammen's Cover for Jane Eyre

Jeff Stammen's Cover for Jane Eyre

Jeff Stammen's Cover for Jane Eyre

Jeff Stammen

Rene Robinson's Cover for Jane Eyre

Rene Robinson's Cover for Jane Eyre

Rene Robinson

Joint Family's Cover for Jane Eyre

Joint Family's Cover for Jane Eyre

Joint Family

Liam Cole's Cover for Jane Eyre

Liam Cole

Simon Couper's Cover for Jane Eyre

Simon Couper

Cynthia Passanante's Cover for Jane Eyre

Cynthia Passanante's Cover for Jane Eyre

Cynthia Passanante's Cover for Jane Eyre

Cynthia Passanante

Levente Szabo's Cover for Jane Eyre

Levente Szabó

Mike Miller's Cover for Jane Eyre

Mike Miller's Cover for Jane Eyre

Mike Miller

Brady Moore's Cover for Jane Eyre

Brady Moore

Francis Nichelson's Cover for Jane Eyre

Francis Nichelson

Conor Houghton's Cover for Jane Eyre

Conor Houghton's Cover for Jane Eyre

Conor Houghton

Sam Kittinger's Cover for Jane Eyre

Sam Kittinger's Cover for Jane Eyre

Sam Kittinger's Cover for Jane Eyre

Sam Kittinger

Duane Dalton's Cover for Jane Eyre

Duane Dalton's Cover for Jane Eyre

Duane Dalton's Cover for Jane Eyre

Duane Dalton

Riccardo Prosperi's Cover for Jane Eyre

Riccardo Prosperi

Christopher Swift's Cover for Jane Eyre

Christopher Swift

Nim Ben-Reuven's Cover for Jane Eyre

Nim Ben-Reuven

Glen Lindquist's Cover for Jane Eyre

Glen Lindquist

Teresa Wozniak's Cover for Jane Eyre

Teresa Wozniak's Cover for Jane Eyre

Teresa Wozniak

Rob Osborne's Cover for Jane Eyre

Rob Osborne's Cover for Jane Eyre

Rob Osborne's Cover for Jane Eyre

Rob Osborne

Wyn Tiedmers' Cover for Jane Eyre

Wyn Tiedmers' Cover for Jane Eyre

Wyn Tiedmers' Cover for Jane Eyre

Wyn Tiedmers

Sergio Serrano's Cover for Jane Eyre

Sergio Serrano

Cat Finnie's Cover for Jane Eyre

Cat Finnie

Frank van Klink's Cover for Jane Eyre

Frank van Klink's Cover for Jane Eyre

Frank van Klink's Cover for Jane Eyre

Frank van Klink

Carly Fletcher's Cover for Jane Eyre

Carly Fletcher

Marck van Dooren's Cover for Jane Eyre

Marck van Dooren's Cover for Jane Eyre

Marck van Dooren

Erin Mercer's Cover for Jane Eyre

Erin Mercer

Maryanna Hoggatt

Maryanna Hoggatt

Elliot Salazar's Cover for Jane Eyre

Elliot Salazar's Cover for Jane Eyre

Elliot Salazar's Cover for Jane Eyre

Elliot Salazar

Nim Ben-Reuven's Cover for Jane Eyre

Nim Ben-Reuven

Wendy Chan's Cover for Jane Eyre

Wendy Chan

Alexander Silva's Cover for Jane Eyre

Alexander Silva's Cover for Jane Eyre

Alexander Silva

Kerri Andreas' Cover for Jane Eyre

Kerri Andreas

32 Comments Re-Covered Books: Jane Eyre

  1. Jeff August 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    If we choose to do all sides (back/spine/front) on a single jpeg are we still to stay within the 800px width or can we go to, say, 1650px (800/50/800)?

  2. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon August 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    @Jeff – I’d really like them to stay at 800px wide for each, but feel free to send three images – the cover/spine/back, just the cover, and just the back. Make sense?

  3. Jeff August 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    You bet.

  4. William August 15, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    I’ve been lurking on this blog for almost 2 years. It’s about time I participated :) Will definitely be giving this a go! Love what you guys do. Much love from Aotearoa (NZ).

  5. Rene August 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    this is so exciting I never thought that my entry would be on the site. Thanks this makes my day :)

  6. Wendy August 19, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Jane Eyre is my favorite book ever. Can’t wait till I work on my entry! :]

  7. Chris Hood August 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    My standout favourite are Sam Kittinger’s and Levente Szabó. Nice colours and twist on a classic theme for Kittinger, and Szabó’s is refreshingly different from the traditional and familiar theme’s found on covers for this book

  8. Pat August 22, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    I like cynthia’s

  9. Alvaro August 23, 2011 at 5:04 AM

    I think Sam Kittinger’s is the best so far

  10. Dan August 29, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Love Duane Dalton’s and the bottom one. It should be Teresa Wozniak though, not Glen Lindquist :)

  11. Chris Hood August 29, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Ok now i’m very much rooting for Duane Dalton’s design, but i’m also finding Glen Lindquist’s second entry interesting

  12. Lev August 29, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    +1 Teresa Wozniak

  13. Cam August 29, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    +1 Cynthia Passanante, Sam Kittinger, Teresa Wozniak. Really good work.

  14. Lady-elle August 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    I really like Duane Dalton’s work. Especially the little heart.

  15. James Eyre August 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Levente Szabó and Conor Houghton’s are my favourites

  16. Wyn September 2, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    Now that I see mine between the others, I wish I would have given mysel more time with this. I like Cat´s!

  17. Teresa W September 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Cat Finnie’s is positively mystical!

  18. Ryan September 2, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Let’s be honest… Sam will win

  19. Pam Rounis September 2, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Sam Kittinger, Teresa Wozniak and Alexander Silva are my favs

  20. Shawna September 2, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Teresa Wozniak’s design is the best by far.

  21. Jackie September 2, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Teresa Wozniak and Nim Ben-Reuven

  22. Adam Stevens September 2, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Teresa Wozniak’s should win for sure!

  23. RS Bohn September 2, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Duane Dalton’s has been my steadfast favorite… Until I saw Sergio Serrano’s. First and second?

  24. Gerben September 3, 2011 at 3:10 AM

    Lot of good designs, but one stands out for me: Marck van Doorn! Is that like a new typedesign? Crazy ‘a’, love it, wanna have it!

  25. Gert-Jan Brok September 3, 2011 at 7:16 AM

    I think Marck van Dooren’s interpretation of the cover is spot on. His tall design really stands out and the result is a cover that, for me, really invites you to start reading it. Well done!

  26. Sara September 4, 2011 at 6:05 AM

    Teresa Wozniak!

  27. Stefan September 5, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Seeing Marck van Dooren’s cover makes me consider reading ‘Jane Eyre’. I think these three covers would really look great on my bookshelves.

  28. eroslane September 5, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    I found all of the submitted artwork thoughtful and intriguing; each has captured a motif of Jane Eyre wonderfully.

    The cover art that captured my heart and took my breath away? Dear Reader, it was Sergio Serrano. Bold & modern; fierce & mysterious; simple & complex; perfection.

    This is the edition of the novel I would have bought out of the catalog when I had my bookstore. (Yes, I was owner of an indie bookstore for six years and a buyer for over twelve.)

  29. Jenny September 6, 2011 at 6:05 AM

    Cat Finnie’s! All the way! It’s the truest to the book.

  30. Thomas September 7, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Do not get me wrong, all you have done your best, but the design of Marck van Dooren speaks to me the most. Stunning, I can’t hardly wait to buy. Well done!

  31. Thanh October 11, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    I know I’m really late to the party particularly as a winner has already been selected, but Alexander Silva’s entry is amazing. THAT is a cover that would make me want to read Jane Eyre

  32. Laura October 31, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    I love Jane Eyre and most of these are so beautiful. Christopher Swift’s is heartbreaking and Sergio Serrano’s is mysterious. So many wonderful ideas though!

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