Friday Face-Off: Vampire
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 children of the night. What music they make!”
~ a cover featuring a VAMPIRE
My pick for today’s theme is a nice blast from the past, and probably the last Anne Rice book I truly enjoyed before the author and I parted ways for many years after that. I was a teen when I read this; Pandora was one of my favorite vampires from Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and when I heard she would be the star of the first book in the New Tales of the Vampires series, I knew I had to read it. There have been many editions released since the novel’s original publication in 1998, and here’s a selection of some of the more interesting covers I’ve found:
From left to right:
Alfred A. Knopf Hardcover (1998) – Ballantine Paperback (1999) – Arrow (1999)
Hungarian Edition (2008) – Polish Edition (2002) – French Edition (2015)
Russian Edition (2008) – Turkish Edition (2007) – Italian Edition (2000)
Spanish Edition (2010) – Portuguese Edition (1998) – German Edition (2001)
The choices are varied this week, we have everything from Egyptian motifs to a bulb of garlic! However, the cover I love best has a modern feel, but is also elegant in its simplicity. Of all the vampires created by Rice, it is said that Pandora is the most lonely and melancholic, which is reflected by her story – and this cover. A substantial part of the book also deals with her life as a mortal, before she was turned, a duality that is very subtly hinted at in this image. The darkly suggestive Portuguese edition might be one of the plainer options this week, but something about it really speaks to me and I find it very appealing.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?