Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Word on the Editions

Trixie Belden books have been published and re-published many times throughout the years. Trixie's look usually changes a bit with each new printing.


I'm not sure of the exact dates on all of these, but I think this is the first. Notice Trixie's midriff-baring top. Scandalous!



















These are called the "Deluxe" editions, but I see nothing deluxe about them. They're plain and a bit ugly. I have #6 in this edition, and on it, Trixie looks like a scruffy boy in a dress.



















"Cameo" editions. I think Trixie and Honey look really cute in this one.




















Fans call these the "short and ugly" editions. You can probably tell why. I really don't get this particular cover. What is Trixie looking at? Herself? In a bed, in the mansion? And there is a hand behind her, and everything is purple. Somehow, I don't remember that chapter in the book.


















The newest editions, released in 2003. Trixie looks very modern and cute, but it just doesn't seem quite right to me. She's almost too pretty.















Though fans like to debate over which covers are the best, in this blog, you will be seeing the oval editions unless I can't find a good picture of them. These are the ones my older cousins had, and the ones I read when I was young. In fact, they're the only editions I've ever read. This is what Trixie looks like to me (except with normal flesh tones). She and all the Bob-Whites are firmly rooted in the 60's in my mind. I may post a few of the other covers just for comparison's sake, or to make fun of them. :)

With all that said, I will admit that some of the older covers are really intricate and have a lot of cool pictures and details. Some of the older editions have illustrations that the oval paperbacks don't have. You can check them out here. http://trixie-belden.com/books/editions.htm

Still working on The Red Trailer Mystery recap, but it shouldn't be too much longer. I got a bit distracted because my husband gave me
Watchmen to read. I never read graphic novels, but I have to admit that one is pretty good.

7 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Trixie Belden before but I may have to check her out. These covers? So deliciously vintage!

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  2. Just discovered your blog ... I am an avid Nancy Drew fan, never read Trixie Belden, but your blog has inspired me. Keep posting! :)

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  3. I love this blog! It's weird because I don't actually recall reading any, but this series is so familiar to me!! I am sure there used to be a bunch in my school library. I wonder if any other books constantly referred to Trixie Belden, as per Nancy Drew being mentioned in Babysitters Club (as being Claudia's favorite books). Hmmm...

    Anyway, hope to see another post soon!

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  4. Just discovered your blog and look forward to catching up. I'm Eyeofthebholder at The Clubhouse. I did want to make a comment on the deluxes being "plain and a bit ugly". They're really not. They're the only edition with full color illustrations inside and they're definitely my favorite of the editions (1-15 were the only ones in this edition). I love the covers on the newest release, but some of those old pitures I think make the kids look WAY too childish.

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  5. Just discovered your blog and look forward to catching up. I'm Eyeofthebholder at The Clubhouse. I did want to make a comment on the deluxes being "plain and a bit ugly". They're really not. They're the only edition with full color illustrations inside and they're definitely my favorite of the editions (1-15 were the only ones in this edition). I love the covers on the newest release, but some of those old pitures I think make the kids look WAY too childish.

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  6. Well, they are only supposed to be about 13 years old. I didn't know the deluxes had color illustrations- that is cool!

    I like the new covers well enough, and I'm pleased that they took time to photograph new covers that actually line up with what is in the books, more or less. But that girl does NOT look like my vision of Honey at all. Just...no.

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  7. I think the new ones are wayy too modern and photoshopped. That's not the scruffy country Trixie! I have that exact cover for the short and ugly version of #3 and as a kid I would stare at it and think that despite how I loved the book, the cover was creepy to the max. Her skin is NOT human coloured! But I understand the pictures. They've kind of montaged 2 scenes - one of trixie, and one of the scene where it she waskes up and its pitch black and she hears something.
    I've always thought the cameo versions looked nicest, but apparently they're really bad quality.

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