Friday Face-Off – 13th May 2022

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s theme is a cover from a favourite book to film adaptation: “Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.” For this week’s theme I’ve gone a little out-of-season and picked Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.

And the winner is… COVER C!

This was a brutal one for me. It was also one of two absolute favourite book to film adaptations (the other being The Green Mile). First off, I want to talk about the film adaptations. And yes, I am aware it’s mid-May and I’ve picked a festive masterpiece, but it fit the bill for me. There are three adaptations that always spring to mind for me, that my wife and I always watch without fail every year. One of these is a “modern” retelling – Scrooged starring Bill Murray. The next stars George C. Scott in the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge. He brings the character to life so well. And finally, this list would not be complete without mentioning The Muppets Christmas Carol. It is consistently rated as the most accurate version ever made!

Now, back to the books. This was a tougher call than any I’ve had to make on the Friday Face-Off in a long time. All of the illustrated covers depicting iconic characters are beautiful. Cover D is quite eyecatching too. But Cover C with that rich blue colour with the snowflakes drew my eye slightly more.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover that is mostly yellow: “It was all glimmer and warm honey in the yellow light.”

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