Friday Face Off : To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead, or excessively old!’


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme. This week’s theme:

‘To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead, or excessively old!’ – A cover with a title featuring the word ‘legend’

This week I’m thinking should be relatively easy to find a book.  Let’s see if we all come up with something different.  My choice this week was inevitable and never in doubt in my mind.  I thought of it as soon as the prompt came up: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.  There are a lot of covers for this book – I’ve not shown them all here.

My covers:

Lots to choose from and two movie tie in covers included as well.  My favourite this week:

I am 2

Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring a goblin or dwarves

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ of one of your favourite covers)

31st August – ‘“Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy’ – A cover featuring a goblin or dwarves

7th September – ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall – A cover featuring a queen

14th September – “He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang.” – A cover featuring a wolf or wolves

21st September – ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ – a cover featuring clouds

28th September – Eyes wide shut – a cover featuring eyes

5th October – “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.” – A cover that is ‘noir’

12th October – “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”  – A cover for a mystery novel

19th October -“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”  – A horror cover

26th October – Trick or treat – A halloween inspired cover

2nd November – ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November,’ – A cover inspired by Bonfire Night

9th November – ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’ – A cover feturing a critter of the eight legged variety

16th November – There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’  – A scary cover

23rd November – ‘The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!’ – A cover featuring a mermaid/man

30th November – “..the children of the night. What music they make!” – a cover with a vampire

7th December – ‘I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.’ – A cover featuring a hero

14th December -“Heavy is the head that wears the crown”  – A cover featuring a crown

21st December – ‘ho, ho, ho’ – A seasonal cover

28th December – A freebie – choose one of your favourite titles and compare the covers


4th January – A cover that is fresh – New beginnings for a New Year

11th January – ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’ – A cover that depicts a novel set in the Tudor period

18th January – A cover featuring an Amulet – either in the cover or title

25th January – ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ – A cover featuring a monk/priest/person of the cloth

1st February – A comedy cover

8th February – ‘Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.’ – A cover with snakes

15th February – A heart – for Valentine’s day past

22nd February – “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.” – A cover with abandoned building/s

1st March – ‘who will buy this wonderful morning’ – A cover featuring a shop or market

8th March – ‘Two little fishes and a momma fishy too’ – A cover featuring a fish/fishes or other sea creatures

15th March – ‘Beware the moon, lads.’ – A cover with a shapeshifter

22nd March – ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ – A cover featuring a king

29th March – “I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

5th April – ‘nomad is an island’ – A cover featuring a desert landscape

12th April – ‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

19th april – ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – A cover featuring a school


29 Responses to “Friday Face Off : To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead, or excessively old!’”

  1. Jackie

    That was my first choice as well and a pretty good one. I got a paperback with Wil Smith given to me but I never read it. I watched the movie instead.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, the book is really quite bleak but the ending is very different from the film – I do think the film is good but I wish the ending hadn’t been changed because, for me, it gives meaning to the title.
      Lynn 😀

      • Jackie

        Oh well I probably should read the book then . Take care

      • @lynnsbooks

        You too 😀

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I actually had a lot of trouble! All the books I could have used, I’ve either featured before or there weren’t enough covers to do a face-off. So I went with something I hadn’t read. Wish I had read this one though, it’s a good choice! I kinda like the hot pink one…your winner will give me nightmares, lol!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, that’s interesting. I’m not sure if I’ve used this before – I probably have in other memes – I love that scary cover.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Carmen

    Yikes! That one is pretty scary. 🙂 I like the Will Smith one, and the retro one before the Will Smith one.

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    The one you picked is actually the one I own and yep, I do believe it’s the creepiest. Although I also have to admit, even though I’m not a huge fan of movie tie-in covers, I do like the Will Smith one as well.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a good cover actually, I don’t usually like movie tie-ins either.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    We picked the same book! I knew I wouldn’t be the only one😊 We picked almost completely different covers, though. I think I like the green one at the bottom far left.

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are some good covers for this one – and, yeah, it was the first book that came to mind for me.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Greg

    Lots of freaky covers! I think I like the movie tie-in one (the third one) the best, which is rare for me (I usually am not fond of tie-in covers) but the rest are just a little too dark maybe or something? I do like the 5th one though a bit, as it feels like it highlights him and the dog fighting together?

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t usually like tie-ins but I do think this one is good too.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    I really love that fuscia cover! It’s tough t read the lettering but those colors are striking.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it’s a surprising cover for this book – not one I expected but definitely striking.
      Lynn 😀

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    That scary skull-vampire is such a powerful image that I could not imagine a different choice! Bloody perfect… 😀

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  10. PerfectlyTolerable

    I kind of like the first one because the tagline is more prominent than the title and its kind of fun 😂😂 But if I was picking seriously I agree with your choice!

  11. sjhigbee

    I cannot believe I am saying this – but it’s the Will Smith cover that does it for me… A good choice for this week’s theme, Lynn:).

    • @lynnsbooks

      Actually, as movie tie in covers go – I think that’s a really good one.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes – that was my conclusion!

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  13. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    Most of these covers I’d probably not have anywhere near my room…especially near the bed! I’ll go with either Will Smith or the pink one–they’re least likely to give me nightmares. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I love the scary cover – although dolls and clowns – maybe not so much.
      Lynn 😀

  14. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I am quite a fan of the SF Masterwork covers which is your winner this time… but this cover might be a bit too scary for me!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha, yes, it is indeed a creepy cover – but I just love it.
      Lynn 😀

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