Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Magic Under Glass Controversy

I've been following the cover controversy on Jaclyn Dolamar's first novel, Magic Under Glass for some time now.  I originally heard about it from Bookshelves of Doom, and it's been discussed on several other blogs.  The main character, Nimira, is described as having dark skin, and the model for the cover was Caucasian.  After issuing an apology, the publisher Bloomsbury has redesigned the cover.

The original cover.

The new cover.

What do you think?  On the first cover... the model looks unnaturally slim, and of course, her appearance isn't true to the book, but I liked the corset she's wearing.  The cover (and title!) seem to promise that something magical will happen.  I like the new cover better though.  I like Nimira's thoughtful expression.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh yes! Isn't she oddly thin in the first book? Her torso also looks really long. I think I prefer the second cover. It's a lot more true to Namira and a lot closer to how I pictured her. I'm not sure how much I would be drawn to reading it though. Maybe if it had sparkles or if the key were a little more prominent.



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