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Who Is Margaret Atwood's Oryx And Crake?

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Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is a trade paperback by Vintage Canada. By looking at the illustrations and text on the novel’s cover I will show that this novel is ambiguous and purposefully implies very little about the novel, as it was published to be a ‘discardable’ work of fiction, marketed for a mass audience. The front cover of Oryx and Crake is a large image of a girl with green eyes. Green foliage and a large purple flower camouflage most of the girl’s face so the most visible portion of the girl is her eyes that are bulging as if she has been shocked. The placement of the flower makes it seem as if it is silencing her. The back cover is fairly simple. It is yellow and has text about the book, with a smaller image of the purple …show more content…
It also has a phrase towards the top in white saying, “before the year of the flood came…” On the back of the novel, there is a variety of writing; a synopsis, some reviews, and print indicating that the novel is a “#1 international bestseller” and that is the first book in a series. All of this writing is in black, Times New Roman font except for mention of the book being a bestseller and part of a series. These are in the same font of the front cover and are coloured in purple and green. The font makes the words large and noticeable. Margaret Atwood is more visible than the title of the novel; that is (was?) done on purpose to ensure sales, as she is a very well known author she will draw a larger potential audience than the title of the novel itself. The title of the novel and the text on the top are slightly obscure, oryx and crake are not well known terms and may lead to the belief that the book is fiction, once again making it unclear of a more specific genre. They are animal terms, so I thought again that perhaps it could be a work of science fiction. This text again is ambiguous to appeal to a wide audience. The text on the back of the novel serves to provide readers a brief synopsis of the novel and to enforce the fact that said reader should purchase the novel. People who have been hooked by the front image are provided with good reviews and assurance that it is a best seller to further ensure the sale of the novel. Oryx and Crake does not particularly stand out amongst other trade paperbacks however, it is purposely designed to be ambiguous and raise questions so that it is able to attract a larger audience of readers, and have more

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