Thursday, May 29, 2014

Faux Cover: Adaptation

Adaptation by Malinda Lo is one of those books that caught me by surprise. I honestly thought I wasn't going to like it. The marketing copy didn't sell me, "a romantic adventure with conspiracies!" Nope, sorry, it wasn't that. It was Wendy Darling of The Midnight Garden who sold me on this one. She promised me it would appeal to my fauxtographic sensibilities and she was absolutely correct.

This book is all the things. It's sci-fi, but also introspective. It's futuristic and still contemporary. It's coming-of-age and speculative. It's sexy and creepy as hell.

The thing I loved most about this book were the numerous images throughout the book of a egg-like womb. The main character dreams about herself being inside this veiny sack so much that she is compelled to paint the damn thing on her bedroom wall. Malinda Lo's descriptions of the sack were so vivid that the second I read that passage I knew I needed to interpret it in real life.

But where does one acquire a yellow egg-y sack with red veins? The answer is WALGREENS! So that orby thing you see in the fauxto above is actually a bottle of Method hand soap. Ha! I bought a bottle of the green soap because I knew it would be easiest to adjust the green to yellow in Photoshop. I took out the pump and put the bottle on my windowsill around 6pm - which is just before dusk when lighting is at it's softest. I used a straw to blow in a few extra bubbles and then took the fauxto.

I popped the shot into Photoshop and then sat there staring at it for about an hour, twirling in my chair, having no idea how I wanted to edit this. So I did what I always do when I'm stuck, I push buttons and try random settings and basically do the Photoshop version of button mashing on a video game controller.

After I landed on a style I liked, I did about 20 minutes worth of dodging and burning to bring out the "veins" -- which are just natural curves from the bottle that I enhanced -- and changed the colors around to my liking and here we are!

But then I got to thinking, "I wonder what this would look like as a book cover!" And so then I added some text and voila, a FAUX COVER! (If you want to see the version without the text, click here.)

So that's it! What do you think? Have you read Adaptation? What did you think of the book?


  1. Such a cool and striking cover! Would never have guessed it was just a Method bottle, lol. Hey, whatever works -- and sometimes it's the simplest things that turn out to be the best ideas!

  2. I like it! I loved that book too.

  3. Dude, this photo turned out so great! I love the saturated colors--and it's ever so eerie without your quiiite being able to put your finger on why. Unless you've read the book and know what it MEANS.

    So ingenious to use a Method bottle for this, too. I'm glad you liked ADAPTATION as well, it's definitely an interesting scifi series. Okay, so another book you should try to fauxto is THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey--I'm in the middle of it now and there are some chilling, poignant scenes that would make awesome Margot fauxtos. It might be at BEA right now, actually, at the Orbit table.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  4. This looks VERY eerie to me! I haven't read Adaptation just yet, but you've sufficiently intrigued me with this photo and this post!