March 27, 2012

Book Cover Lookalikes

I've been piddling around with this post for a few weeks, giggling like an idiot while I came up with the cover comparisons. And then I clicked onto YA Highway's post today, and lo and behold, they beat me to the punch. Ah well. I figure I'll just go ahead and give you what I've got. They're far too fun not to share. Bear in mind that this is not an exact thing. It's that situation where you have to do a double take when you see a cover thinking you saw someone else on it. A quick look that leaves you thinking: Holy buckets, that person looks a little like [fill in the blank with a celebrity name].

So this, my friends, is what sometimes happens when publishers choose to go with photographs of actual people on the covers of books, especially in YA, it would seem:

Vampire Academy meets Angelina Jolie = Jolie Academy??
Thanks to my sister (who pointed this one out), I'll never be able
to look at my copy of Ophelia again without seeing Michael Cera.
It's not exact, but it's close enough to make me think Incarnate cover girl
resembles Jackie Emerson aka 'Foxface' from the Hunger Games movie.
Slap a fascinator on Gathering gal and you've almost got Kate Middleton.
Well hello, Ms. Moore. That dress looks awfully nice on you on that cover.
I don't watch True Blood, but this Folly cover model is a dead ringer, right?
Where She Went? Um, she's Lost on an island somewhere. And she's blonde.
 
In completely unrelated and completely awful news, my notebook's hard drive cacked out today. Yep, it up and crashed on me, and now I can't even turn my notebook on. The super fun thing about this is that lately I've become a bit slack with backing up all of the BIG changes I've made to my WiP. Right now I'm afraid of the possibility that even the techiest of techie dudes won't be able to save it. That scares me because I'm not sure I can replicate the many changes I've made, particularly in the wording. Think happy thoughts. Think about Peeta. Think happy thoughts. Think about Peeta... So until I can get this mess all sorted out, I may be a little absent on the blogs. We'll just have to see. 

Here's hoping the odds are in my favor...

P.S. I should probably mention that this lovely notebook is only 3 months old. And it was free (as part of a contract deal with our TV/internet/phone provider). Which proves one or two things: 1) Few things are actually free, and 2) HP pretty much sucks. You hear that, HP? You stink. The End.

19 comments:

  1. Ha! These covers/celeb pictures are WILD! I've always thought that about the VA book! But I'm shocked at these others! How funny! And what a clever post!

    But on a sad, awful note, Jaime, I would be FREAKIN' if I were you... the thought makes me sick. Just sick. I hope so BAD that your work will be recovered... Oh man...

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    1. The vast majority of my story is saved on an external hard drive, on my desktop computer, and I even printed off a hard copy. But, this is all of the recent changes I've made which really made my WiP better. I would really hate to lose any of it.

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  2. The bottom one is hilarious. That actress (her name escapes me), was Belle on Once Upon a Time and her hair is now that exact color ;)

    I completely sympathize with the hard drive crash issue. Which reminds me, I need to email myself a few docs...

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    1. Emilie De Ravin is her name. There's just something about that face on Where She Went that reminds me of her :)

      Man, I will never ever be slack again with the backing up of documents. I've learned my lesson the hard way, unfortunately. I suppose we can call this a cautionary tale, right?

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  3. The cover look-alikes are great! And I'm sorry about the hard drive failure. I've worked in I.T. for a long time, and I know that technology is wonderful when it works, and when it fails, it can be a nightmare. There is a chance, though, if they can at least get power to the drive, the techies will be able to salvage data. I pray that will be the case. :)

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    1. You and me both, Colin. You and me both :) I'm seriously tempted to go all old school and start using a typewriter. You know, become a total Luddite or something. Whether they can retrieve the documents or not, one thing is for certain: I will ALWAYS back up my work from here on in. Always.

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  4. Those are great!

    I keep a thumb drive plugged into my computer so that when I save, I simply do it twice. I REALLY, really hope someone can recover that stuff for you. I would be a nervous wreck.

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    1. Well, I spent the morning bawling my eyes out. I feel a bit better now because I'm really hoping they'll be able to recover it. The worst part is that I have an external hard drive (a whole terabyte) for this very reason. I guess I just started slacking off with the extra saving because I thought, "It's a new notebook. There's no way it'll crash." Right. And now there's mud on my face. I won't make that mistake again!

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  5. Oh NO! I'm so sorry about your computer! I'll think hopeful thoughts :) Listen, this sounds like a great story to tell when you're publishing this sucker and everyone wants to interview you. Right? And by that point, it will be a hilari-tragic cautionary tale for other writers, but it will have a happy ending, because either a) you recovered the data or b) wound up re-writing it again, but even better!

    (Also: I don't know if you're using a fancy-pants program like Scrivener, but if you're just doing basic word processing, I love Google Docs for just this reason. And because you can open earlier versions. But I also periodically save as a Word file, in the terrifying event of account hackage. You're never really safe, I guess.)

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    1. I would love for your 'hilari-tragic cautionary tale for other writers' thing to come true. Here's hoping :)

      I'll have to look into Google Docs. I'm not sure how it works, but right now I'm open to just about anything that will prevent this type of thing from happening again. Right now I'm just using Word. I have Scrivener on my computer, but I've been too unmotivated to sit down and learn it all.

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  6. Oh, I hope your laptop is going to be okay! Maybe, just to be safe, think about Peeta shirtless?

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    Oh, sorry. Um, yeah. Excellent post! I read yours and YA Highway's today! So fun. And I've ALWAYS thought the Where She Went girl looked like Emilie DeRavin! They could be twins!

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  7. Hahaha, love this - Especially Michael Cera/Ophelia. So perfect.

    Also, I've nominated your blog for a Liebster! Click here for more info on the meme!

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    1. Thank you very much for the award! :D

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  8. Those covers are crazy and I'd hate it if I looked like Michael Cera.

    And that totally stinks about your laptop. Once, I lost my flash drive that had my most recent revisions for my contemporary. I couldn't find it for three months and had to work from an older copy and recreate what I wrote. The plus side of that was the new stuff I wrote was much better than what I originally had on the flash drive. So maybe this is a blessing in disguise!

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  9. These are really good ones, especially Folly!

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  10. Haha, oh my, they all look so much alike! That Ophelia comparison made me crack up. Love Michael Cera. :)

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  11. This is the coolest blog post ever! I seriously dig it! The Michael Cera one is hilarious.

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  12. These are crazy, creepy accurate! Love this post.

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  13. Those are SO great, particularly Michael Cera. :0) What awful news about your notebook. I'll cross fingers. When you're back on track you might try dropbox-- it's free and keeps everything on the cloud so you can access your work from different devices. I really love it.

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