Every week, Danielle (from Danielle’s Book Blog) and Cátia (from TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch) host a feature called Book Traveling Thursdays on Goodreads. They give you a topic each Thursday and you choose a book that you think fits. Then comes the fun part: a cover showdown! You post the original cover, the cover from your country (which I won’t be doing because the books aren’t published here), and then your favorite and least favorite cover from any edition around the world.
This week’s topic is a musical book, that is, one in which music plays a big part. I chose The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux because not only is the setting in an Opera house and it features music, but it inspired one of the most popular musicals of all time. Let’s check out the covers!
This is a 1920 edition from France when The Phantom finally came out in book form. Before that, between 1909 and 1910, it had been published as a serial in a French newspaper. This cover is creepy, although not in the mysterious way I would have liked. Still, it was published in 1920 so I understand cover designs were different and I appreciate the old-timey feel it has now!
These are three US editions. I think they all capture the mystery of the novel, the theatrical feeling and the ominous figure of the Phantom pretty well. The first cover might be a little too modern in its design, but I enjoy all the elements it added. My favorite would probably be the one in the middle, the blue one, because it shows the relationship between the Phantom and Christine and it shows it’s a classic. As for the last one, I find it mesmerizing and I think it’s cool as part of a collection.
LEAST FAVORITE COVERS
On the left we have the Portuguese version, which has a childish illustration that doesn’t represent the tone of the novel AT ALL. The colors are hideous, but the worst thing is that she has purple hair! Then there’s the Italian edition. Christine, Raoul and the Phantom are the main characters and they chose one of the Opera house managers? I don’t understand the choice at all, it looks like a book of tips for your business.