As we learned in class today, Don Quixote is the second most popular book sold in the history of the world. As we were looking at the Dali pieces in the Wellin, which I am still shocked and happy that they are here at Hamilton, Professor Serrano asked us about where the image would fit into the story, and if it could potentially be the cover? This was a question that stood out to me because I was left wondering what is the appropriate book cover for the second most popular book in history. So obviously for this blog post I decided to Google a bunch of covers and discuss them.
First I have picked out the cover for the Salvador Dali illustrated book because I was curious as to what the famous artist came up with. This was a very interesting cover, in my opinion, because the main character is not even the main focus on the image. He is even cut off at the top of the image. For Dali who illustrates Don as a hero throughout the book, it is surprising the the illustration chosen for the cover does not necessarily show off his triumphs. It does show him in a proud moment being greeted by those watching him as he enters, but he is not doing something necessarily heroic.
That led me to the analysis of the next cover. This cover, while less colorful and detailed truly depicts Don Quixote as a heroic protagonist of this book and story. This graphic novel takes the story of Quixote and clearly depicts the action hero and heroism as he his climbing up this structure with his sword. This cover also truly does feel like a graphic novel cover as opposed to a book cover. I am genuinely interested to see what the inside of this book looks like, and Davis chose to illustrate it.
The final cover that I found, and was very intrigued by, was this cover set in modern times. I honestly found this one to be a bit weird, but it is a New York Times bestseller. I think the feeling that I got from this cover was more of a Dan Brown Da Vinci Code type of cover, as opposed to a historically famous book like Don Quixote. It has all of the main parts: the hero himself, a sword and a ton of books. However, I am unsure if Cervantes and Don Quixote were using laptops when the book was written. I guess the editor or publisher felt it was time to add a modern touch to this old classic. It was definitely the most interesting cover I found, but I am not sure if I truly get it. Which cover do you think is the most fitting?
I have also added a few more covers at the bottom so you can truly see how different they have been over the years.