Tuesday, August 4, 2009

This is how it's done

The following is a handy dandy guide to the components that make up a superbly lame 1980's YA cover illustration:  (You can thank me later)

1) Disembodied heads floating amid a neutral background. Extra special lameness if one of the heads is a geeky kid with thick glasses just waiting for you to get undressed. (please cover book before getting into your jammies, girls)

3) Random grouping of lilliputians

4) Giant central character in a seemingly catatonic state. Extra points if she's so out of it she's neglected her hair. (Girlfriend, break out the conditioner!) 

Combine all elements, slap on an ominous title and finish with a tri-named author. Voila! You have a young adult masterpiece, moldering in the stacks of a time-traveling library near you!


Lidian said...

LOL! You nailed this one perfectly, Beth.

Which one is supposed to be in the shadows, anyway?

Steve said...

while all of your points are very well made I have to ask "Where is the freaking shadow and which sister is in it?"

but thats just me lol

beth said...

And really, with a title like that, I demand a literal interpretation! Sheesh, I don't want to have to read the book* to find out :)

*I tried. Deadly dull. No shadows.

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