Friday Face-Off: Under the Sea
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:
“The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake.”
~ a cover UNDER THE SEA
Jaws by Peter Benchley
Most people hear “under the sea” and immediately think of singing crabs with Jamaican accents, but today I’m going to go with giant man-eating great white sharks. This is a novel that needs no introduction, I’m sure. Thanks to the Spielberg movie based on it, we’ll always have reason to fear the ocean.
Let’s take a look at some covers…
From left to right, top to bottom:
Doubleday Books (1974) – Pan Publishing (1975) – Ballantine Books (2013)
André Deutsch (1974) – Turtleback Books (1991) – Pan (2017)
German Edition (2013) – Spanish Edition (1974) – Portuguese Edition (2015)
Italian Edition (1975) – Georgian Edition (2016) – Arabic Edition (1993)
We have an interesting case here, with lots of covers but not so much in terms of variety. I suspect this is in no small part due to the popularity of the original 1974 Doubleday image, which exploits our fear of the unknown by depicting an unsuspecting swimmer about to meet her doom by way of rows of razor sharp teeth (though I find it amusing how the shark gets progressively bigger and closer to its victim with each subsequent edition). The cover for the 1975 paperback is also the image used in the poster for the film adaptation, which keeps the same concept. While I don’t usually go for “movie covers”, I think I’ll make an exception in this case because it’s just too iconic to be anything but the winner.