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Why Ghostface?

Post by M Zee » 01 Dec 2018, 19:31

Considering how closely the iconic mask is associated with the Scream films, do you think using the image (and the masked killer of the same name) on the book cover helps the book?

Does the association have any tie-in to the films? Or could it have been *any* kind of mask/image for the killer in the book?
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Post by Laura Del » 01 Dec 2018, 23:06

I originally thought it was a spoof. Kind of disappointing that it's not. I think I would re think the cover.
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Post by Sushan » 01 Dec 2018, 23:09

I thought of a real ghost, not a so named killer by seeing the cover page. It is okay, but could have designed a better one
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Post by briellejee » 02 Dec 2018, 03:45

The reference to the Scream films might have captured Scream fans but people who are not into the horror genre might skip this book without even knowing that it is not what they think it is.

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Post by Ayat paarsa » 02 Dec 2018, 06:18

I have read in the description of the book that the designed Ghostface mask is getting much popular and was also used in films after publishing on the book. The answer to the question that it helps the book or not is that this mask was used in the murder, so it's relatable and perfect fit I feel.
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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 02 Dec 2018, 06:57

I intially thought that it had some connection to it when i first saw the cover, too.

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Post by FictionLover » 02 Dec 2018, 07:57

M Zee wrote:
01 Dec 2018, 19:31
Considering how closely the iconic mask is associated with the Scream films, do you think using the image (and the masked killer of the same name) on the book cover helps the book?

Does the association have any tie-in to the films? Or could it have been *any* kind of mask/image for the killer in the book?
I thought it detracted from the story. I didn't think it had anything to do with Scream, but in my opinion it is an overused image and does not signify anything specific about the book, so why use it?

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Post by HRichards » 02 Dec 2018, 14:24

The cover definitely led me to believe the book was something it wasn't really. I might rethink the cover just based off the fact that horror fans might be disappointed and those who are just interested in mystery/thrillers might shy away from it.

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Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 02 Dec 2018, 14:44

yes the image of the book at the outside cover of the book is a reflection of the story discussed inside.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 02 Dec 2018, 15:22

The author actually trademarked the term Ghost Face. I would assume that was why.
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Post by Sunday diamond » 02 Dec 2018, 15:35

Though I haven't read the book, but I think the reason for ghost face was to create interest in the heart of horror book reader

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Post by Misael » 02 Dec 2018, 17:55

The first reaction I had when I saw the cover is that the plot is similar to the movie. Maybe the author should have chosen an unique image.

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Post by Vscholz » 02 Dec 2018, 22:17

According to the author's bio on Amazon, he helped create/design the mask. It makes sense that he would use what might be his most widely known design. Even though it is primarily associated with the Scream franchise, I don't know that the author could get the same reaction with a different cover. Or maybe he is trying to reclaim it in some way?

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Post by sszb » 03 Dec 2018, 00:59

I am guilty of judging a book by the cover. The cover of FEAR captured my attention. It could be horror, psychological thriller, suspense, or humor. I am glad that I read the sample, which was captivating and is linked with the cover and title.

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Post by Harley-Panda » 04 Dec 2018, 05:48

Vscholz wrote:
02 Dec 2018, 22:17
According to the author's bio on Amazon, he helped create/design the mask. It makes sense that he would use what might be his most widely known design. Even though it is primarily associated with the Scream franchise, I don't know that the author could get the same reaction with a different cover. Or maybe he is trying to reclaim it in some way?
That's really interesting! If he did help to create it then I can understand why he'd use it for the cover, even if it is tied to a different franchise it's also a part of him in a way
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