The Great Gatsby

10 Book Covers the Movie Adaptations Ruined

Publishers seem to have developed a nasty habit of ruining good books with terrible covers, especially after they’ve been pushed back into the spotlight after a movie or television adaptation. While the new covers definitely grab the attention of people who might not have picked up the book had it not been for the adaptation, it’s pretty safe to say that the reissued covers suck. Especially when compared to the classic, original covers.


1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


The Great Gatsby


The Great Gatsby has an unforgettable cover, one that definitely did not need to be updated with the beautiful, though unnecessary faces of Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, or Tobey Maguire.


2. The Martian by Andy Weir


The Martian


Matt Damon did an excellent job as the snarky Mark Watney, but his sad face does not belong on my bookshelf. 


3. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis


American Psycho


Same goes to you, Christian Bale. Let’s keep the movie stars to my dwindling DVD collection.


4. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris


Dead Until Dark


I haven’t made it past season one of True Blood, but with this updated cover, I won’t even get through page one of this book. Oops. 


5. Solaris by Stanislaw Lem




The book on the left is mysterious and vaguely sci-fi, which is right up my alley. The book on the right has George Clooney making out with Karen from Californication and that’s…something.


6. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov


I, Robot


I, Robot‘s original cover has a major Iron Giant vibe, but considering the updated cover is just a crappier version of the movie poster for the (fantastic, tbh) Will Smith adaptation of the novel, it’s not an improvement.


7. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin


Game of Thrones


I mean, I guess


8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Pride and Prejudice


I don’t even like this movie poster in my iTunes library, let alone on my bookshelf. 


9. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


Cloud Atlas


Interesting, worth investigating vs. Halle Berry and some other people. 


10. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien


The Hobbit


I’m such a huge Lord of the Rings freak, but seriously, The Hobbit was such a huge letdown that you’d think the Tolkien estate wouldn’t want to alienate their fanbase that actually buys the books by associating the novel with that awful, terrible, CGI mess. 


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