Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Litspiration Challenge Term 2 - The Hobbit Cover to Cover!

My litspiration challenge for term 2 is a cover to cover for The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien! I got this idea from my friend's blog (http://loveliterature713.blogspot.ca) when she did a cover to cover for the book Poison Study by Maria V. Synder (which by the way, I LOVED). Anyway, The Hobbit has a lot of different covers, so I just picked 8 random ones! I will say what I think of the cover in general, and than rate the cover in 4 different categories out of 10. Let's get started!

Cover 1:
This is one of my favourite covers, and also one of the first covers made for the book, I believe. I love how this cover beautifully incorporates a lot of the major events from the book. For example the Mirkwood Forest, the river, the mountains (which I can only guess are the Misty Mountains), the eagles, and the moon, which I am guessing has to do with the moon runes that Elrond interpreted for them when they took a rest at Rivendell. The use of only about 4 simple colours in the cover is just astonishing and really cool! The typography font is very simply yet different, which is also another great plus for this cover! I don't actually think I have any negative thoughts for this one! 

Originality: 9
Graphics/Photography: 9
Typography: 6
Story Connections: 10
Total: 34!

Cover 2:
Honestly, I really don't like this cover. The typography is the biggest issue...it's so cramped and random! There's just too much extra text..for example "The greatest fantasy epic of our time," or "The enchanting prelude to The Lord of the Rings." I think that there should have only added in one of those two if it was necessary.  Also, I don't like how the author's name is as big as the title, it totally takes away from everything. The whole layout is also very boring. There's just a plain picture in the middle, and blocks on the top and bottom! Not so original. I will give credit to the picture in the middle however, I really do like it...it shows sort of the beginning of it all! Unfortunately, the rest of the cover ruins it. :/

Originality: 4
Graphics/Photography: 5
Typography: 1
Story Connections: 4
Total: 14...

Cover 3:
Here we have another paperback edition of the book. This cover is pretty good! The typography is a bit boring, the author's name is way to big for my liking, and there's just a random quote in the middle! I think if the quote had been put on the bottom to draw the eye around a bit, it would have been less cramped looking and more visually appealing. Also, the block at the top takes away from the main part of the cover (the image). When I look at the cover, I find my eyes always drawing to the top, and not paying any attention (or very little) to the actual image, which is pretty cool by the way. As for the actual image...it's actually very awesome! If you look closely, you can see that many story connections have been made. For example there is a mountain on the left side, there's the forest which I can guess to be Mirkwood Forest, and then there is the "Barrels of out Bond" chapter where Thorin & Co. are escaping from the wood elves! If you look in the river, you can see the dwarves and Mr. Baggins in the barrels! I loved this part, and I love how it was incorporated in! Unfortunately, the typography takes away from the great image, but overall it's a pretty great cover!

Originality: 7
Graphics/Photography: 9
Typography: 5
Story Connections: 9.5
Total: 30.5

Cover 4:
This book cover is fairly good. I really like the font for this one. Again, it's very plain, yet different and eye catching! I think the author's name could be the slightest bit smaller, but it's fine overall. The only thing that seems a little bit out of place is the rectangle in which the text is on...the colour is just odd. As for the picture, it's OK. It does show some events from the movie like the forest, river, and mountains in general, which is great! However, they artist of this cover decided to add in one of the characters; Gandalf. Now while I know that Gandalf has an important part in the story, the main characters are also Thorin, the hobbit, and the rest of the Dwarves! It's really hard to tell that there are dwarves or the hobbit in that picture (which they are), it is however clear that this scene must be the part where Thorin & Co. are resting in a cave right before they get caught by goblins. This was a pretty big scene so kudos for that! 

Originality: 7
Graphics/Photography: 7.5
Typography: 5.5
Story Connections: 7
Total: 27

Cover 5:
I actually really like this one. There aren't many story connections, but the one scene is focuses on is great and makes up for it! This scene, I'm guessing, is the one where Bilbo faces the dragon for the first time - stealing a cup and angering Smaug in the process - while wearing his ring! I love the illusion of the dragon, and how it looks like fire but it's actually gold! Also, I LOVE the way the artist has shown Bilbo in this...if you look closely, you can see that the bottom of his body is invisible!!!! That's so cool, and a great way to incorporate the ring! As for the typography, it's a bit simple, but still very effective and nice. I like the sizing and colours, and I also love how a bit of the dragon goes behind the subtitle, but it goes on top of the title! Overall, this is a great cover!

Originality: 9
Graphics/Photography: 9
Typography: 8
Story Connections: 8
Total: 34

Cover 6:
This cover is OK. I personally think it's way to literal, like, you may as well write out the major events on the cover! However, I do still think it was a cool idea... I don't think I've seen many literal book covers, so it's pretty original! Another problem though, is that I can't even tell what some of the picture represent! Here are the ones that I can recognize:
- Square 2: The scene where they are surrounded by wargs (huge and evil werewolves - they're finally not a love interest!) and they have to climb up trees! 
- Square 3:  I'm not sure, but I think this is the scene where the Bilbo and the dwarves get captured by trolls and almost get eaten!
- Square 5: The Lonely Mountain!
- Square 6: The dragon, Smaug
- Square 7: The man-bear Beorn from the chapter "Queer Lodgings!"
That's all I can recognize. So 7 out of the 9 pictures are actually recognizable... hmmm. The title is actually really cool though, I like the font, and I also like how the moutains sort of underline into the words! Overall though, it's an OK cover...

Originality: 6
Graphics/Photography: 5
Typography: 6
Story Connections: 7.5
Total: 24.5


Cover 7:
This cover is one of my favourites. This is the copy I own, and I really like it! The typography is amazing! I love the accents on the "h" and the "b" and I really like how the rest of the font has smaller subtle accents! The sizing and colours and also perfect! As for the picture, I actually think it's quite cool! I like how it shows the back of Bilbo and one of his feet are just stepping out the door, where the other is still inside his homely-home. I think that it represents Bilbo's hesitation and growth throughout the book perfectly! I also think that the distant scenery outside his door represents all the hardships and successes that he's about to face! Overall I think it's a great cover, and while it doesn't have any direct connections to book, it represents a lot of the book..so it definitely gets a high story connections score!

Originality: 8
Graphics/Photography: 8
Typography: 9
Story Connections: 8.5 
Total: 33.5


Cover 8:
This cover is the cover that came out after the movie. It's idea is very similar to the previous cover's, but it's still completely different. The typography is actually pretty cool! I really like the stone sort of effect on the "Hobbit" and I also like how the extra text fits in (e.g. "the" or "J.R.R. Tolkien"). As for the picture, it represents the same things as the previous one does, so I won't talk about it, but it definitely gets points in story connections for that! I also like how the picture is at a slant; the light coming in from the door creates a cool effect! Overall, this is a pretty good cover. I don't usually find many books that use actual real life pictures as the cover very appealing, but this one definitely works! 

Originality: 5
Graphics/Photography: 8.5
Typography: 8
Story Connections: 8.5
Total: 30


Winners!
In third place we have Cover 3! Winning for its great story connections and picture! In second place we have Cover 7! Winning for it's awesome connections, typography, and picture! And finally, in first place we have a tie between Covers 1 and 5!!! They both win for their super cool connections, typography, pictures, and originality! 


Well, that's my cover to cover (and litspiration challenge) for The Hobbit! I hope you enjoyed! Comment your favourite covers! 

5 comments:

  1. Cool challenge Kalindee! I have loved reading through everyone's Cover-to-Cover posts, and really enjoyed this one because the covers span over so many years. It would've been interesting to note when each one came out, seeing as the book was first published in 1937! You were clearly "lispired" by Frodo's adventures this term!

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  2. I really enjoyed your litspiration challenge because it was really unique and interesting to read. It was also really cool to see you do a cover review of the same series, because it allowed me as a reader to see the covers overtime. It was really interesting for you to not just talk about the covers but relate it back to the book to get an idea of what each book is about. The ratings of each cover was really cool because you related the cover back to the book in a rating, and you also focused on different aspects of the cover.

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  3. Kalindee,
    This is such a cool idea!! I like how you rated them in 4 different categories and in the end you told us which ones you thought were the top three! I definitely like number 7 because it makes me really want to read The Hobbit just looking at the cover and how it was illustrated. Good Job explaining why you rated it what you did! It seems like you put a lot of thought into this! I also really like your blog overall! Is there a reason you chose the theme you have for your Vlog? I was just really curious because I really like it!

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    1. Thank you Haniya! And what do you mean by "the theme you have for your vlog?" What theme?? But thanks haha

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  4. Great work Kalindee. You are a very good reader and I am proud of your reading. This analysis of cover pages of same book is amazing and shows your ability to distinguish different aspects of book covers. I completely agree with your analysis of cover 2. Once again good job and keep it up.

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