A Classic Challenge April Prompt: The Cover

April 4, 2012 Whitney Uncategorized 1 Comment

On the fourth of each month Kathrine at November’s Autumn is posting a prompt for the current classic you are reading to coincide with her classics challenge.

This month’s prompt is the cover:

The Woman in White

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins

Level 1
What are your first impressions as you look at the cover?

I was first struck by calmness of the cover.  The woman featured looks very calm but something in her expression reminds me of the day my dog died, very distressed by a saddened event that has either occurred or is just around the corner.  I could compare this to watching Lucky get into the car on his way to the vet, knowing he was being “put down”.

Level 2
Does the book cover have an aspect that reflects the character, setting, or plot of the novel?

I have just started The Woman In White so it is a little difficult how it reflects the aspects listed above, although the stokes taken in the photo is reminiscent of a portrait in an art museum.  I guess this could reflect on Walter Hartright’s character as he is an art teacher with our leading ladies, Laura Marian as his pupils.

Level 3
If you could have designed the book cover what would you have chosen?
While I don’t know much of the book as of yet, I am aware that is a Gothic novel.  Therefore, I think I would darken the colors a bit giving a more eerie feel rather that what is currently lite and breezy. 


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