when book covers remind me of movie posters

Back in 2010 I posted an entry titled, “when movie posters remind me of book covers.” Today’s post is the reverse effect!

Take the cover art for Lauren Morrill’s Meant to Bewith its lovely London landscape.

No other cover here on TCG has made me immediately think such words as “bursting with vibrant romance” as this one. (See, again, this is why I’m not a writer.) In fact, this is probably going to be the only cover that makes me feel this way. A few months ago, someone tweeted about this little number, and I remember staring at this cover with a wide grin on my face. We’re talking a silly, goofy, most-likely-stupid-looking grin of ridiculous proportions here. For those of you who don’t know, I am very much a romantic. I love spark, sweetness and mushy feelings despite my snarky exterior. This cover pulls at all of those little strings, then ties them into a neat little bow. The comp pieces together layers that work in tandem – from color to texture to mood to title. It’s not an easy feat, considering that the grass shadows don’t match the subjects, nor are they in correct proportion. And the abstract explosion of pastels? All of these players are like the A-Team of cover art elements.

Enough of the swooning. So, which movie poster did this cover remind me of?

The bursts of color! The expressions on their faces! This poster makes me want to go and hug someone and twirl them around. Nuanced with romance that seeps from the details in this poster, it lights me up, just like Meant to Be. But perhaps I’m biased here, because I thought it was such a lovely little film. If you’ve seen the film, would you agree or disagree? If you’ve read Meant to Be, is it just as romantic as its cover implies?

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20 thoughts on “when book covers remind me of movie posters

  1. I love the cover of Meant to Be and it captivated me even before I read the description. Fun feature!

  2. I LOVE the cover of Meant To Be and I can totally see how it reminded you of the Away We Go poster. I’m going to sit here and just stare at the pretty for a while… :)

  3. This is awesome for two reasons. Allow me to share:

    1) I was hoping you’d highlight Meant To Be because it is BEAUTIFUL.
    2) I’m thinking Lauren Morrill actually talked about Away We Go on twitter a couple of days ago. So this is so ironic! —> https://twitter.com/#!/LaurenEMorrill/status/199262952103219201

    I love your brain. I really do.

    • Wow, what are the chances?! My brain has been doing some crazy things lately! So glad you love the cover, too.

  4. Oh how I LOOOOOVE Away We Go. Such a great movie! And you’re totally right! The covers remind me of one another. :)

  5. Correction to my above quote: I get the movie poster vibe. (I need more coffee.)

  6. This is an interesting cover and definately one I would take a closer look at, although I’m not sure I absolutely love the collagy thing going on with the bottom half of the cover. I love love love the top half with the bubbles and the colors and the London in the background. It’s very movie poster vibe.

    I think I know what is bothering me about the cut out people – I think they look old. Like, not teenagers old. Fortunately I love the premise and can’t wait to buy it. I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories.

    • Maybe that’s what helps me to swoon a bit more. Because I’m swooning over a cover featuring people that are *slightly more closer to my age* ;)

  7. I share your love for the cover of Meant To Be, it is GORGEOUS! And I really like the poster for Away We Go, now I want to see the movie!

  8. I really do adore that book cover. And the movie poster, for that matter.

    For me, I think the adoration comes from the blend of real things with animated hyper-vibrant colors. Blend of fantasy and reality, if you will. I dig it.

  9. I haven’t watched the film that you mentioned but I agree, the cover for Meant to Be is beautiful! I read the premise and it looks intriguing so I’m adding this to my wishlist. Thanks for the heads up.

    PS: I know I’ve mentioned this several times but I’m loving your blog’s new look.

      • Just saw that Meant to Be is available on NetGalley so I requested it. *keeps fingers crossed* I keep getting denied over there.

  10. I like how the book and the movie look like quirky romances, instead of the generic kind. Those are my favorite kind of romances! Just added this to my to read list.

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