Penguin Books has decided to use the uncanny valley as a book marketing tool. Or so it seems, from their new cover for an edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So wrong:
Three notes about this.
- The cover has nothing to do with the book. Maybe, if you stretch things, the book does feature a girl, and the doll represents a girl, sort of. As child of Infocult notes, "Veruca Salt isn't even a main character! The book isn't about dolls!" Otherwise, zero connection. No Willie Wonka, no factory, no Bucket family, etc.
- Perhaps it's a shameless ploy to market a book with a boy's name to the female market.
- Anything can be a marketing implement, and we know the Gothic has always been available. Watch for more Infocult materials as ad fodder.
(thanks to Amanda Lee)