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Old 07-11-2013, 08:28 AM   #1
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Cover image — distressed or not?

Which of these works "better"? It's designed to look like a 1980s punk record cover (I have permission from the band in question). The story is set 30 years from now.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:41 AM   #2
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I prefer the distressed version (on the left) - just my opinion though.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:26 AM   #3
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Distressed works better for me, too.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:36 AM   #4
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Ditto (I like the distressed better - it looks less cheesy).
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:50 AM   #5
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+1 for distressed.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:25 PM   #6
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Distressed. No doubt about it
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:24 PM   #7
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Yeah, of the two the one on the left looks better in this case.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:29 PM   #8
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I'll make it unanimous so far. I much prefer the distressed version.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:53 PM   #9
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Distressed, without a doubt. You've made Maggie entirely too attractive though.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:41 PM   #10
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No preference. Both look like they'd fit the title.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:26 AM   #11
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The resemblence to Margaret Thatcher raises a red flag in my mind.

I hadn't noticed it until reading another poster's comment. The resemblance is striking, and the association is reinforced by the reference to a nursing home surrounding the image. Regardless of her politics, in view of the tragic denouement at the end of her life, I think you risk alienating some readers with this cover image.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:56 AM   #12
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Alyssa, I am pretty certain the resemblance is intended to be striking*. (Search for threads on this subforum started by Mr Ploppy to see some of the novels involved - I am presuming from the image that this for one is along the same lines.) Of course your warning is quite correct, but it is doubtful that those alienated are a likely audience.

* I'm sure Mr Ploppy will correct me on the very slight chance I am mistaken.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:49 PM   #13
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It would be funny if right-wingers somehow stumbled into reading it, but I can't really see that happening unless they go out of their way to get offended just so they can have a fit about it. Even if they got past the cover they wouldn't get any further than the introduction Andy T wrote for it.
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