Fantasy book covers can sometimes be, well, interesting. Share your favorite bad DWJ or Pratchett covers!
|Not at all bad, considering.|
I'm going to concentrate mostly on DWJ, because in my opinion Pterry had pretty good covers. He had a few artists that habitually illustrated the Discworld books, and who were very popular. His covers were practically iconic, and Americans tried to collect the more-popular British editions. Even the original cover for The Colour of Magic is pretty decent!
DWJ, on the other hand. Oh, the poor woman. Her covers were consistently hideous for decades. I think, for one, thing, the 1970s and 80s were particularly bad; fantasy cover art wasn't really in great shape anyway, and it doesn't seem like the publishers tried very hard. Then, it's possible that her stories do not really lend themselves well to illustration. They make wonderful images in your mind, but an awful lot of the time if you try to draw them, it doesn't come out too well. It takes a talented artist to do her justice, and careful selection of what to illustrate. Nan riding a broom in a pink blanket is practically never going to look good, and yet that's what everyone chooses to put on the cover of Witch Week.
Here are some of my favorite awful DWJ covers:
|I have yet to see a decent Archer's Goon cover|
|What. Poor Mordion is being defamed here.|
|Nope. Christopher looks 14 instead of 8, and it's just bad.|
|Cat and Gwendolyn meet V. C. Andrews|
|I avoided reading this one for a few years, it looked so dull|
|This is my copy, but mine is uglier, with a worse-looking title.|