In posting my latest review of the Forbidden Game, Volume I: the Hunter, I came across the cover used most recently when the book was republished. Frankly it scared me. The cover from the mid-90s was cheesy and cartoonish, but Julian was hot and it presented the right mix of quirky and eerie. Today’s cover just makes Jenny look like a cracked out tranny. Likewise, a lot of LJ Smith’s more recent covers just don’t do it for me. Maybe I’m too much a child of the 80s but quite frankly I hate them. They’re too modern or gothic or dark…I don’t know what it is exactly, I can’t quite pinpoint it, but they’re just awful. I’m going to present all her book covers for the Forbidden Game and you judge for yourselves.
BATTLE ROYALE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
The Forbidden Game, Volume I: The Hunter
Winner: clearly, 90s cover! Why doesn’t Jenny look wholesome anymore? She has on far too much eye makeup, her mouth is open all vapid-like, and seriously, that’s not Jenny! Jenny’s hair really is blonde. This girl is just one hot Jenny mess.
The Forbidden Game, Volume II: The Chase
Winner: still the 90s cover! I mean, is that even the same girl as the first 2000s cover? It looks like a different person altogether, one who is even more open-eyed, more make-up wearing, less blonde, and more tranny-like. Can’t they be consistent in this day and age? Come on, we have awesome computers but we can’t put the same face on the cover of book two?
The Forbidden Game, Volume III: The Kill
Winner: Okay this one is a close call. 90s version Jenny has her shirt tucked into her jeans! For shame! That’s one crazy fashion faux pas. I was going to mention Julian’s leather vest because it’s hard to pull off wearing one of those but if anyone can it’s him so no points deduction. At least in the 2000 cover the hot mess is no longer looking directly into the camera. Now this over the shoulder profile shot could almost be sexy…except Jenny isn’t sexy. She’s wholesome. So lose the makeup, do something about your fried blonde hair, and step aside, cover girl, because 90s cover is our winner!!!
The trilogy was published as one novel in the 90s and 2000s and the covers didn’t get any better but let’s duke it out one last time.
The Forbidden Game Trilogy
Winner: I thought it would be impossible to make Julian look bad, but 90s cover does it. He looks BAD and not in a good way that makes me think of sexy times. They really dropped the ball with the 90s cover. It looks like a poorly designed halloween cartoon and that
mime/clown gives me the willies. Now in the 2000s cover, the chick is actually innocent looking and her hair looks much more natural than the hot mess in the first 3. She actually looks fresh faced and winsome. Oh no…I never thought I’d say this but..in the trilogy cover category, 2000s cover is the clear winner!!!
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