Illustrator and popular culture enthusiast David Hamilton (aka Wintersixfour) is a reader and lover of popular culture who has combined his passions and used his considerable artistic talent to fashion classic novel covers, re-imagined. Hamilton’s versions use television and movie characters as cover art, resulting in some very clever pairings of classic books with modern cinema and television icons.
His version of Turgenev’s Father’s and Sons, for instance, features a famous father/son duo from the movie “Star Wars.”
Hamilton explains the motivation behind his book cover transformation project:
“I enjoy a good read (well, who doesn’t) but I particularly enjoy the experience of holding a real book rather than the modern experience of downloading a novel to a tablet. That’s just not the same at all. Add to that, a paperback’s cover can become like the well worn face of an old family friend; every crease and scuff picked up as it’s read and re-read are like a map of its life.
Being at a loose end one day, I thought it’d be fun to recreate some classic book covers using icons from TV and movies. Modern covers can be a little bland, but I do like the style of Penguin and Oxford Classics, so I used those for inspiration. As a finishing touch, I “weathered” every one and over the course of the next couple of weeks I came up with 20 books.”