Classics Get a YA Makeover

I was surprised when I saw these two books in a local bookstore yesterday:

I immediately thought to myself that Penguin gave classics a makeover to attract more young adult readers. Can’t say it’s a bad thing because those covers look pretty. I never realized that Hamlet was such a handsome young man? πŸ˜› And if it encourages more people to read the books then that’s always a plus. I did a search for this new line of books called Spinebreakers and here are some others:

Sorry for the pixellated images, those are the best that I could find. I like the covers for Hamlet, Dracula, Frankenstein and Romeo and Juliet. What about the rest of you, are you tempted to buy copies of these revamped classics?

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25 thoughts on “Classics Get a YA Makeover

    • I agree! I hated those covers. Classics were here way before Twilight – I didn’t like that they were banking on the popularity of Stephenie’s Meyer’s work to get teens to read older titles.

  1. I am not sure whether I like them 😦 They look too childish! But it will be a good thing if the covers attract more young adult readers.

    • I know, I want to see the other titles in person too. I grabbed the images from the Penguin site and I don’t know why they don’t have anything with better quality.

  2. Very colorful and pretty. I hope readers will flock to them. Since I already have most of these, they don’t tempt me enough to abandon my well-worn copies!

  3. Lol handsome young man Hamlet – you sound so proper! Just like my grandma. πŸ˜€

    I like the ones you mentioned, especially Romeo and Juliet but overall I think the same layout for each cover in the collection gets a little boring.

  4. i just saw these last night at a bookstore. They look great and it’s great that they’re gearing towards a younger audience with the covers but I will forever love the older covers of the Penguin classics whcih feature both classic and contemporary paintings.

  5. I’ve always pictured Hamlet as being a pretty cute guy, so that doesn’t surprise me. He did, after all, win Ophelia’s heart.

    I like those covers more than I would have expected; they manage to be simple, but good.

  6. Hmm, I’m not sure about these – pretty and colorful, but they make the books seem more *younger* than they are or something. I must be stuck in the classics must look like classics mindset. That said, I kind of covet the Jane Eyre one.

    • I know what you mean, these covers make the classics look like modern YA novels, right? I bet teens will be surprised to discover how old-fashioned the stories are if they had no idea of the content going in.

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