Jennifer Talesfore, winner of the Dracula Re-Covered Books Contest

Jennifer Talesfore, winner of the Dracula Re-Covered Books Contest

Choosing a winner for the Re-Covered Books contest becomes more difficult every time as the talent level continues to rise. Our last redesign contest was for the classic novel Dracula, where I asked potential creators to make something that steered away from the typical cliches, that felt like a new addition to the mythology of Count Dracula.

As I said, there were a ton of great entrants, but the one I was most mesmerized by was the entry above by Jennifer Talesfore. What I love about her design is how stark and graphic it is. She used a theme that was common amongst several of the designs, inverting the A’s in Dracula to represent fangs. Where I think her design differs and veers into brilliant is her treatment of the title. I see it two ways, the first being a hapless victim stuttering the name of Dracula, and the second being the way that Bela Lugosi may have intoned the word Dracula, sounding out certain parts longer than others. It’s funny that it also reads so well, despite looking so nonsensical.

She also did a nice job of presenting a cohesive thought, uniting the front, back and spine nicely. The book is told through a series of anecdotes from different characters, so the quote on the back is quite a nice touch.

Overall her entry feels like the complete package, and for that she deserves to be the winner. A huge thanks to Jennifer for entering, she’ll be receiving a $100 gift card to Amazon. Check back on Wednesday for a special edition of Re-Covered Books and the chance to win something extra special.


5 Comments Jennifer Talesfore, winner of the Dracula Re-Covered Books Contest

  1. Stephanie November 22, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Hmm. It seems that if there were multiple entries with a common theme, then that theme isn’t a very unique one. From my view, there were several other stronger and more interesting designs entered.

  2. Heather Ordover November 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    This is gorgeous and really captures a huge (and little discussed) aspect of the book–the epistolary nature of the novel as an important frame Stoker uses to tell the story.
    But this cover goes beyond. As the quote indicates, the characters’ journals and letters gave them an activity to keep from losing their minds. For a book cover to draw attention to the importance of writing (qua writing) is wonderful.
    I’ll be mentioning this on CraftLit where we’re currently listening to this wonderful text.
    Thank you (and my listener Kathy) so much for sharing this!

  3. Chris November 23, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    Vell done Jenniferrr

  4. Tiziana November 23, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    Brilliant! A really interesting contest!

  5. Jenn November 30, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    A really fun project to work on and many thoughtful and beautiful submissions! Thank you for all your wonderful comments and thank you to Bobby again for creating these contests and this really inspiring blog!

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