I’m endlessly amused by the attempts to “modernize” classics with non-stodgy covers. A lot of them seem to be aimed at the YA market: consider, for instance, this Tim Burton-esque jacket for Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics, illustrated by Ruben Toledo):
There’s nothing wrong with the strategy—if interesting cover art inspires reluctant teens to discover the classics, that’s great. But Pride and Prejudice is famous enough that I doubt people will look at the cover and mistake it for some modern gothic-y romance. It probably works better for less famous works like Cold Comfort Farm:
More troubling are book covers with overt references to current YA bestsellers:
When in doubt, masks will add a horror streak to any book (granted, The Master and Margarita is pretty unsettling):
And bright colors, presumably to alleviate the depressing titles (good luck with that):
What do you think? Do these YA-targeted covers get the job done? Can you think of more noteworthy examples?