As with most popular and prolific authors, Elizabeth Goudge’s books have suffered from their share of terrible covers over the years. What were the publishers thinking? Here are some of my guesses…
Okay, how are we going to sell this new Goudge novel? Cathedral? Clergymen? Forget them.Let’s focus on that scrumptious actress! I see her as a sort of late Victorian Marilyn type.
Oh, and remember that scene where she really lets her hair down and seduces businessmen in the woods?No?
Now, we need to punch up the color scheme a bit.I think that orange and green are really attractive together, don’t you?
That’ll pull them in! And how about adding bright blue and putting in some volcanoes?There are volcanoes in New Zealand, right?
That dress is to die for. Let’s come up with some more really great outfits.I think raingear is always so stylish.
Or how about the gamine look?
Excellent colors on that one too, I love mustard yellow and royal blue.And how about naked? Naked is good, especially if the book is about Puritans.
Now, we’re a bit lacking in the masculine department. Let’s put in some men, but make sure they have grim, forbidding expressions.Why? Because men are SERIOUS.
And let’s finish off with a spooky sort of paranormal vibe.We don’t want those kids to be able to sleep at night, do we?