We’ve already posted once today about book jackets-meet-reality TV, so why not continue on the topic?
Bravo recently launched a new program called Work of Art, in which artists compete for a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum (and a $100,000 cash prize). Last night, the challenge was to design a new cover for a classic book—and Penguin will actually put the winning design on a paperback!
The titles in question were The Time Machine, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Dracula, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
For a detailed analysis of last night’s episode, check out Hillary Busis’s amusing post over at the Wall Street Journal‘s entertainment blog Speakeasy. (“Jaclyn wants her cover to depict ‘the love story between Elizabeth and Darby.’ For crying out loud, has this woman not even seen Bridget Jones’s Diary?”)
See a collage of the jackets below (or click through a slide show on Bravotv.com). Which one is your favorite? (I’m partial to the Frankenstein cover on the top left.) The name of the winner is below the graphic.
Contestant John won with his cover for H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine! (The jacket in the center of the second row.)