With the debate concerning the new release of Roald Dahl’s 50th Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adult edition recently hitting the news, it is intriguing what opinion the general public take on the matter.
On balance the two examples given here show a great step away from what Roald Dahl would have expected from his work and the way it was designed. Although another Quentin Blake (the original illustrator for the books) cover is also planning to be released, it does beg the question whether adult covers are really needed at all. The 2nd cover indefinitely evokes darker themes of the book, but then is that necessary to highlight for a children’s book? The core of the novel is a boy and his love for creativity and chocolate, not issues surrounding the perception of children and poverty/wealth divide in society. Alternatively adult are entitled, and still enjoy, reading the books and therefore should the market not cater to them as much as it does the younger generations?
What do you think? Is there a need for adult covers? Are they only relevant for more mature novels? Which is your favourite cover?
Comment below with your views and thoughts.
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