Thursday, May 29, 2008

It all began with....

I dont really feel like summarizing the book, because... I just dont have the patience to pull up the ebook and go through it. (not to mention I don't think I could do as good of a job as others...either in being snarky, or being nice)

However, for this first "book" blog, let's take a look at the two different covers.

Let's take a look at the original cover.

Kristy's Great Idea.

Clockwise from top left we have Stacey, looking ever so chic in a sweater and black and white plaid leggings. I swear I had a pair of stirrup pants that looked exactly like that. Her hair is about the closest we'll ever see of her sporting a perm on a cover (that and the original cover of the third book). She also looks freakishly like I did at age 10. (which i think in part was me totally channeling her)


Next we have Mary Anne. I actually think she looks rather cute... if not about age 7. However, since she's supposed to be short and dressing like a little kid, that's acceptable. I think that attire is cute...not something I would wear, or ever would have worn, but cute nonetheless.

Next, looking right at Stacey, we have Kristy, who is *gasp* wearing a jumper. (that's a dress for you UK folks). And a headband. Is it just me or does it seem odd that Kristy wears a DRESS on the cover of her first two books? (original cover mind you) Her uniform became part of her character later on. Theese are supposed to be her school clothes, however, 8th grade Kristy wouldn't have been caught dead in that ensemble.

On the floor we've got Claudia Her suspender pants match the floor. Is it the artist in her arranging herself so that she blends in with the carpet? Along with those shoes? and Socks? I dont really see Claudia matching like that. She likes lots of colora and flare. The only Asian thing about her that i can see is also the color of her hair.

The room itself also looks really plain. Where are all the paintings? mess? junk? There is just a notebook pen and phone on the floor. (That is the phone that I always envisioned whne I thought of Claudia's private phone... there will never be another phone in my mind).

Despite all the nitpickiness... I love this cover. It's plain and simple, but in a good way. It brings back the nostalgia factor of the books... the 80's... my childhood... and brings a little tear to my eye. Seriously. I'm way too emotional.

The updated cover lost any nostalgia that the original cover had.

The only thing similar to the original cover is that Claudia's outfit matches the floor...again. And Stacey and Kristy are looking at each other...again.
The girls look about as old as I am, (24) where the girls on the original cover actually look closer to 12.

Somehow I dont see Claudia being pink frilly type. I see that more as Stacey's style. Claudia seems more of a red yellow black blue...well... a rainbow of colors.
Mary Anne's skirt is freakishly short making you wonder what her father was thinking when he let her out of the house. I wouldn't wear a skirt that short even if I had the body.

Kristy is back in her uniform...which in the book there is absolutely no mention of. In the book we're given the idea that Kristy is a tomboy... who wears jumpers to school.

I'm loving Stacey's outfit... that would totally be something I would like to wear... if I had the imagination to pick it out, which sadly I dont.. but I still love it. (I'm probably in the minority that i like most of Claudia's and Stacey's outfits... even though the jumpsuit was a bit much to handle in book #24 after I saw what one actually looked like)

Claudia's room is more artistically decorated. A bit more messy, a bit more clutter... but you can still see the floor. Is that a bowl of popcorn on the floor? it's making me hungry even though it's fake.

I much prefer the orignal cover. I guess mainly because it's the cover I grew up with... and when the new covers came out I wasn't crazy about them. The only one i preferred to the original was The Truth about Stacey. (of the first few books anyway). The girls look their age... and again, it's mainly the nostalgia factor.


cpennylane said...

I prefer the original cover as well.

Anonymous said...

I like the original cover better, too. I love the first four original covers; I guess it's a combo of nostalgia and that I also think they all look super cute on those covers :) and their age!

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