Monday, November 1, 2010

The Day of the UnDead

Over at The Book Scoop, Rowena talked about our friend Jandy Nelson’s book The Sky is Everywhere when she asked, “What’s Up with all the Dead People?” She wondered why so much death is popular in YA books these days. But really, fascination with death is nothing new. Mexicans built a holiday around celebrating the dead--Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), November 2nd. And while the Mexicans have the artwork of Jose Guadelupe Posada to capture the spirit of the holiday, Americans prefer death to be a little less... skeletal.

(Hyperion Book CH, 2010) (Sourcebooks Fire, 2010)

Here in America, our “dead” is chic, trendy. We make death look good.

(Penguin Group, 2009) (Hyperion Books for Children, 2010)

And truthfully, we’re more obsessed over the un-dead.

(Penguin Group, 2009) (Penguin Group, 2010)

Seriously… shouldn’t the question be, “What’s up with all the un-Dead people?”

(Penguin Group, 2010)

1 comment:

  1. Death is just a part of life. Creepy post, Patti. Great covers. I wonder what it's like for a designer to have to work with undead images all day.