Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Classic Reprints

There have been some successful reprints of classic books, geared toward a young adult audience as of late, including Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights (both of which had black covers with a splash of red to attract readers of Twilight).  Next month sees a slew of new editions of classics repackaged for teens, including Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Bram Stoker's DraculaJane Eyre is certainly going to appeal to those who picked up the previous two classics by Jane Austen and Emily Bronte, and also those readers who enjoy historical romances - it holds up really well and is a classic for a reason.  Dracula, which I read recently, is one of my favorite books, and is still as scary and engrossing as any number of horror titles on the shelves these days, and with all of the vampire books crowding the young adult shelves at bookstores these days, it's a wonder that it took this long to target that audience with the original that started it all.  Ruben Toledo does covers for both Jane Eyre and Dracula, and has done moody covers for a variety of classics over the years including Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and another version of Wuthering Heights.  Also available this month is C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia: 60th Anniversary Edition, a new version of Huxley's Brave New World and the long-out-of-print novella The Hundred-Year Christmas by David Morrell, which is over twenty-five years old and sees Father Christmas contemplating mortality as he searches for a replacement for himself after a hundred years, after seeing his good friend Father Time age and die every year before his eyes.

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