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Best in Show: Coverflip!

May 08,2013
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If you've ever judged a book by its cover, then welcome to coverflip!

The background:

Author Maureen Johnson issued this challenge: 

1. Take a well-known book. (It’s up to you to define well-known.)

2. Imagine that book was written by an author of the OPPOSITE GENDER. Or a genderqueer author. Imagine all the things you think of when you think GIRL book or BOY book or GENDERLESS book (do they EXIST?).

3. Now, COVERFLIP! Make the new cover and put it online. Tweet or Tumbl it with the tag #coverflip.

(You can read the full challenge on Maureen's tumblr.)

The results:
(click on images to view the original size)

Original:   File 14544  Coverflip: File 14547

Original:   File 14556  Coverflip: File 14561

Original:   File 14550  Coverflip: File 14553

You can see more coverflip results at Huffington Post. What are your favourite book covers? Have you done a coverflip yourself?

May 09,2013

Such a quirky idea ^_^ Personally, I think there are books that are so obviously girly, and I'm going to assume there are books that are so obviously boyish... although I can't think of any right now o.O But I feel like MOST of them fit into the inbetween, either being 'genderless', or I just don't consider them to have a gender. But I always feel weird recommending a book to a guy, after I've read it, if it's in a girl's voice, particularly first person. Even if it's not a 'girly' book... something I can't explain '_'

May 08,2013

What an interesting idea. 

May 08,2013
anonymous's picture

So fascinating. This is an ongoing conversation that I have with the students at school - although the cover maybe be pink, or blue, or have a girl, or boy on it, NOWHERE on the book does it say "this book is ONLY for girls/boys".

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