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The new Penguin cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Oh. My. God.

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We've discussed this in our house quite a bit. I despise it, myself. It turns the whimsical, sometimes dark, children's classic into horror--at least that's what I read when I see that cover.

Stock footage, too.

If Penguin wanted to spur conversation, they certainly did. Blech.
 

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Doubt they will sell many copies though.

Yeah, I don't think they will, unless someone wants to purchase it as a special edition. My instant reaction: Creepy! The vacant doll expression on the little girl's face bothered me in a visceral way. (CATCF is one of my favorite books, so I had a strong reaction.)
 

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I legitimately thought this was a spoof until Penguin decided to defend themselves. Light and dark themes of the work? It's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for Pete's sake!
 

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There are light and dark themes in the work, but I mean, make a cover that relates to them
 

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Charlie certainly looks different than I imagined him!

It does look rather, "Hey, this a children's book... let's stick a random child on the cover. This one looks creepy." I know publishers don't always spend time getting covers that represent the book, but for the big anniversary, it's not unrealistic to think they'd commission something that matches the story. Like maybe a picture of Charlie.
 

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I couldn't figure out which character the girl on the cover was supposed to be. She reminded me a bit of JonBenet Ramsay.

I assumed Veruca Salt, but the article says she's not any of the children
 

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Bugs the crap out of me. I actually LOVE adult covers for kids books, I love how often they will mine the darker parts of kids stories for a very cool new kind of cover. It's something I find fun and fascinating. But dude! Make the cover relevant to the darn book please and thank you! This cover has NOTHING to do with the story, they've even admitted it does not represent any of the kids. There is no creativity behind this cover. Just a bunch of folks going, "Ooh isn't this creepy, and a little Lolita taboo and kind of Stepford Wife and look at this neat font we're using with it!". Hate lazy work. Hate it.
 

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A very little girl in heavy makeup and glamorous clothes?

This has to do with Roald Dahl's dark satirical masterpiece of a maniacal candymaker and an extremely impoverished boy and his grandfather how, exactly?
 

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Her soulless eyes...the mannequin for her mother...
Combined with the title I'm pretty sure this is a book about under-age anal rape.

That or Lolita's cover now bares a golden ticket and an Oompa Loompa.
 

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Doubt they will sell many copies though.
None over here, but this is the very copy an investor will buy.

anyway, I assume it's the spoiled rich girl in the book, but she was one of five children so...

The image doesn't really capture the light/dark of the book accurately.

It might work for Great Expectations though....
 
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No, it really wouldn't. The last thing Estella was is brainless. Heartless yes. Brainless absolutely not.
 

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So wait. It's a recycled image, from a fashion magazine shoot of six years go called "Mommy Dearest".

Okay, maybe Penguin has a lot of books to bring out in its adult-oriented line. Maybe stock photos are a prudent decision. Plenty of cover designers have turned stock photos into wonderful, appropriate, relevant covers.

But good heavens, out of all the stock photos in all the world, why is this is the one that sang to the cover designers? Did they even read the book?
 

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If it was a vacant-eyed boy, on his plasticky grandfather's lap, it might be just as creepy, but at least it would be, in some way, related to the book.
If they're going to put a girl, who, they admit, isn't even meant to be one of the characters, front and center on the cover, why not put a partly opened chocolate bar, light glowing from within, on the cover? There's your symbolic light-and-dark, and it relates to the book, and it's not creepy.
Why, Penguin, why?
 
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