In Volume 1 of this series, I highlighted similarly themed books with eye-catchingly similar covers. As we learned, two books with similar covers can have similar themes. Today, we explore books with similar covers but disparate plots.
Ahoy, Matey! Every year about this time in Tampa, Florida, the city celebrates all things pirate with the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a lavish city-wide reenactment of the 1904 invasion of Tampa Bay by the mythical pirate Jose Gaspar. The legend is fiction and the festival is mostly booze, parades and folks handing out plastic beads. We have a bookish alternative to the drunken mayhem. Avoid the looting and plundering by staying safely at home with a pint of grog and one of these pirate themed books.
In Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk explains, “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” His nod to the fact that we do not exist in a vacuum, but are constantly influenced by the world around us gives great credence to the argument that there is no avoiding that some book covers unmistakably appear to look alike. Here are some recent book covers caused us to look twice to make sure there wasn’t a glitch in the matrix.