Friday Face Off : to flee, to fly


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 (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – 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.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

Flight – any type of flight – to flee, to fly

I hope this week was a good theme for everyone, I kind of like the ambiguity, is it somebody running away, a bird maybe or a plane?  This week I’ve gone for The Birds by Daphne du Maurier.  Here are the covers:

My favourite:


I also like the first cover.  But this blood red cover is very ominous.

So, which is your favourite?

I’ll be updating the list in order to include forthcoming events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share then let me know in the comments).  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment – or if you’d like to host a week then simply let me know.

Next week –The bodice ripper – exactly as it seems

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ or one of your favourite covers) (I’ve added some new themes – some of these are slightly different, in order to avoid too much repetition I’m trying to make the themes more of a suggestion that everyone can interpret how they like.  


12th June – The bodice ripper – exactly as it seems

19th June – Time – time waits for no one

26th June – Windows – windows to the soul?

3rd July – Tentacles – ‘The sea brought you.  The sea shall have you back’

10th July – Tunnel – ‘At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.’

17th July – holding an object – just as it seems

24th July – Framed – more meaning than one.  A cover with a frame, a picture within a cover or a murder mystery set up??

31st July – White – a cover that is predominantly white

7th August – Action – a cover that depicts action of some sort

14th August – Glasses or spectacles – “One could mention many lovable traits in Smee. For instance, after killing, it was his spectacles he wiped instead of his weapon.”

21st August – Potions –  hubble bubble

28th August – Dark road – ‘the road goes ever on and on’

4th September – Cold and crisp – any cover that gives you winter vibes

11th September – A cover with a pattern

18th September – Minimalistic and lacking clutter

25th September – A very busy cover full to bursting with detail

2nd October – A standout font

9th October – Mist/fog – “A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in England.”

16th October – Spider web – “Farewell, Aragog, king of the arachnids, whose long and faithful friendship those who knew you would never forget!

23th October – Ripped/torn – interpret it as you wish

30th October – Forest/jungle – ‘None of the Jungle People like being disturbed.’

6th November – Planets – “You’re on Earth. There’s no cure for that.”

13th November – Bright – ‘The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades’.

20th November – Words only – “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

27th November – Modern sci fi

4th December –  Fae – or fairy??

11th December – Lake – the mysterious lake

18th December – Highly Stylised

25th December- Freebie – or day off.


14 Responses to “Friday Face Off : to flee, to fly”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yeah, the blood red one just screams horror for sure. Great choice!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I read it quite a while ago and enjoyed it – although the film is probably better (even if dated).
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Very ominous indeed! And the “smudged” shapes of the birds make the image even more frightening…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes it does, something about the indistinct nature.
      Lynn 😀

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  4. sjhigbee

    Oh yes – as Mogsy and Maddalena both mention above, the blurring outlines and vivid red add an extra layer of menace. It’s a great choice for this week’s subject!

    Also – thank you so much for adding the ongoing themes. I’m very aware of just how much thinking time this all takes and appreciate you giving us all forward notice so we can plan ahead for this lovely meme:)).

    • @lynnsbooks

      That red cover is so dramatic and eye catching and, yes, menacing.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    I like the fourth cover (? the one with the little kid running) It’s so retro and really reminds me of the movie😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a lovely cover and definitely puts me in mind of the movie too.
      Lynn 😀

  6. confessionsofayareader

    I like the red cover, too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s very dramatic and absolutely jumps out at you.
      Lynn 😀

  7. waytoofantasy

    Somehow I didn’t know that The Birds was a book….

    • @lynnsbooks

      Funnily enough, I was surprised when I originally found out too – and that it was duMaurier.
      Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy

        Right? I had no idea. I think I’m still a little shocked lol.

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