So this week Penguin announced that Charlie And The Chocolate Factory would be joining it's Modern Classics List, a book collection aimed towards adults. They also choose to give it a cover more fitting of the adult generation.
Which, was this.
I admit, when I first saw it my reaction was 'What the hell is that?!' Because the cover is so different from all the cute covers that I remember seeing. The reaction on Twitter has varied from 'The New Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Cover Sure Is...Something' (@phatsunny) to 'Why not just get Rolf Harris to design the next one?' (Author Joanna Harris).
It is a very strange cover. And many people say that it is sexualised, something I personally do not see. The girl certainly looks doll like and appears to have make-up on but if a little make-up is enough to make her sexualised in this society, I think people are being a little too PC.
In fact, the cover is very clever because the way we see these children as a child is very different to the way we see them as an adult, and I think the cover reflects that. Also, Roald Dahl was known for his darker humour, so he may have even liked this cover. The more I look at it, the more I like it.
I'm very confused about this.