Friday Face-Off: Mice
Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.
This week’s theme is:
“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…”
~ a cover featuring MICE
The Green Mile by Stephen King
The moment I saw the topic for this week, my first thought was MR. JINGLES! Who could forget the little brown mouse from both the book and the movie adaptation who made his home on the death row block of Cold Mountain Penitentiary, also known as “The Green Mile”? Originally published in six serialized parts before being republished as a single volume, the novel even has an installment called “The Mouse on the Mile”.
Disappointingly, I found far fewer covers featuring Mr. Jingles than expected, likely because publishers thought an electric chair made for more ominous, compelling imagery. There are too many covers for this book to showcase them all here, but I gathered what interesting ones I could find to compare and contrast.
The Green Mile
From left to right, top to bottom: Penguin Signet (1996) – Orion (2009) – Plume (1996) – Scribner (2000) – Orion (1999) – Pocket Books (1999a) – Pocket Books (1999b)
French (1997) – Spanish (2013) – German (2011)
No one cover really stands out to be me this week, to be honest. But as you can see, certain themes and layouts are repeatedly used in a many of these designs, and the Spanish edition looks as if it’s making an attempt to take all these elements and mash it into one. Of all the “vanishing point” covers featuring the cell block, this is the most aesthetically pleasing to me, and I love that it incorporates Mr. Jingles (if you look really closely).
What do you think? Which one is your favorite?