Second Life Book Cover Meme

I have been pretty busy with RL stuff so I wasn’t able to blog my Friday Find last week, but will continue it this week.

My Second Life Book Cover Challenge

You can blame this meme on Bear Silvershade and Botgirl Questi. You see Botgirl has a twitter account which I religiously follow because she tweets the most thought provoking and hilarious things. However, she also as an alter-ego, Evil Botgirl Questi who also has her own twitter account. Her tweets are a bit more devilish and you know that instantly gets my attention.

Evil Botgirl likes to poke me from time to time and after a somewhat amusing twitter conversation a few days ago, she decided to create a book cover out of one of my older images. That got the attention of a few other tweeters that requested to pre-order a copy. Would you buy this book? I think I would just out of curiosity, even though I have not read the original Fifty Shades of Grey.

So in the comments of my Sexual Meme last week, Bear Silvershade suggested that I turn that book cover into a meme, “avatar in fiction” he called it. I thought that it would be a pretty fun idea and a great topic for a photography challenge which so many of you have requested.

Meme instructions: Create a book cover to show your avatar in fiction. It does not have to be based on a real book, it can be one that you make up. Don’t forget to leave a link to your cover in the comments and share it in the Blog Memes flickr group.

I didn’t have time to do my own book cover so a big thanks to Botgirl for letting me use the one she did of me. I hope you guys are able to participate and have fun with this meme.

I did want to talk about the poll I did last week regarding the memes. A few of you were concerned and contacted me privately as well, offering to assist with continuing the memes if I didn’t want to. It’s not that I don’t want to, I really enjoy doing them but I wasn’t sure if everyone else still enjoyed them as well or if they were getting tired of them.

Luckily, because of the poll, I now know that at least 221 of you love them and look forward to them every week. So yes, I will definitely be continuing the memes. They give me a break from the redundant fashion blogging and pave a way for me to get a bit more creative and put more thought into my posts. They also give me the opportunity to read your responses to the memes which have made me laugh and cry throughout the year. You guys have shared so much of yourselves and your personal lives with me through these memes, I don’t know how to thank you but I appreciate you so much.

The memes will continue in 2014 for another year (or for as long as I am able to do them) and they can all still be found in my Blog Challenges category.

Final Note: As I said in my movie poster meme, I am not sure if this violates any copyright laws. It’s my own picture and nothing was taken directly from the original book cover so hopefully it should be ok and we can have a little fun with this. (EDIT: Vaki is a lawyer and she gave some good guidelines to follow so we don’t have any copyright issues, so please read her comments below) Thank you Vaki! <3 Credits: Picture & Style details: Strawberry Singh – Masked
Typography: Botqirl Questi
Meme idea: Bear Silvershade
Original Book: Fifty Shades of Grey

55 thoughts on “Second Life Book Cover Meme

  1. Only sickness can hold be back from doing your memes. Thats whats been happening recently. Wanted to do the sexual meme but then had to go to the hospital last week. No worries though, please! Going home tomorrow and until then having my mind rattle with potential book covers :)

  2. Oh, come on, you know I’m gonna answer that final note (and you should’ve just asked!).

    Your specific image is just fine. It doesn’t even look like the book cover, and you’ve changed the book cover’s name and author to make it clearly a parody. You’re peachy.

    However, I remember the movie poster meme very well, and a lot of the people who took up that challenge crossed the infringement line pretty hard, so I do want to address the question early.

    Unfortunately, there’s not a good clear rule on How To Not Infringe something like a movie poster or a book cover. The line between derivative works and fair use is less of a “line” and more of a murky swamp of despair. That said, some good guidelines:
    – Make it your own. Don’t create an exact replica of your favorite book cover or movie poster or other image, just starring your avatar in the central role; add something creative and original that makes it unique to you. (Seriously, copyright-wise, putting your own creative and original stamp on stuff makes a big difference; direct copying of an image is not a good plan).
    – Consider a name change! Berry got her point across, and made a cute pun, by making her book “Fifty Shades of Strawberry.” Puns are good. Exact copying is less good.
    – Have fun with it. If you do something that pokes fun at your chosen book or puts a twist on the book, you’re probably fine.
    – List yourself as the book’s author (or a friend who’s okay with it), not the actual book’s author.

    Just a few suggestions that might minimize confusion.


  3. Oh this sounds like a cool challenge……..mind is racing O.o

  4. Hillany, glad to know you’re ok. <3

    Vaki, thank you! Those are great points to keep in mind when doing this. And you're right, I should have just asked you, lol. Next time I definitely will. <3

  5. […] of this post suggests I have been exploring today, I have to admit: I have not. It has to do with Berry’s Monday Meme, which is a photo-challenge: create a bookcover with your avatar in fiction, of an existing of […]

  6. Seing this meme’s subject made me remember a book who’s title fits well also ;-)

  7. This was such a hoot, and surprisingly quick, too! Thanks, Strawberry!!

  8. I love hanging out with you on Twitter! Funny thing is, I don’t think we’ve ever met “face-to-face” in SL? Maybe once a long time ago? Completely my fault since I’m only there these days working on projects. Anyway, thanks for the mention and I look forward to seeing what people come up with.

  9. […] I had So. Much. Fun. doing today’s Monday Meme – the Second Life Book Cover Meme. […]

  10. Why didn’t I find Berry’s blog sooner??… Is it wrong I’m thinking “woo can’t wait for Monday for the next meme”… don’t answer that xD In a nutshell: I LOVE MONDAY MEMES! Fascinating seeing the individuality and creativity that go in to these from Berry and friends to all her participants. I don’t even have a blog but like to join in on Flickr and the SL feed! I reckon Berry should start choosing a winner of the week ;pp xxxx

  11. “Extraordinary! Every noob should read it!” – Vogue

    “An indispensible guide. I carry a copy at all times in case I bump into noobs wearing crappy freebie jeans.” – GQ

    *cacklesnort* XD

  12. Well it was fun anyway :D And I would have been happy in that circus.

  13. I am so loving this week’s meme Berry, as awesome as a movie poster one, though I am hoping maybe we can get a Tv show meme. What do you think?

    This is my contribution for this week, I hope you like it:

  14. It took me a while to figure out what to do, and I’m not at all funny, but this is a homage to one of my favorite books of all time – one I vividly remember as being one I had to grow into, and the second half was incomprehensible to me until I had learned to hate.

  15. […] Strawberry Singh’ Second Life Book Cover Meme Try eeeeit! […]

  16. […] I have been pretty busy with RL stuff so I wasn’t able to blog my Friday Find last week, but will continue it this week. You can blame this meme on Bear Silvershade and Botgirl Questi.  […]

  17. A tribute to my favourite girls’ book. I’ll be away for the next few weeks so I’ll catch up later.

  18. Kind of a composite of one of my favorite authors’ stuff. Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  19. Hello. Thank you for always giving us a way to challenge ourselves and enjoy blogging. Even if some of us, don’t do them all of the time.
    Thank you.-Hope

  20. […] book, it can be one that you make up. Don’t forget to leave a link to your cover in the comments (of this post) and share it in the Blog Memes flickr […]

  21. My Cover ….these are all great:)

  22. […] Yes a bookcover cause after taking my rawshots yesterday i struggled again over the Blog from Strawberry and find a new Monday Meme which is called the Book Cover Meme) and i just want to make it so i […]

  23. Was funny)))) Thanks for your memes, Berry :)
    Hope, I’m not late

  24. Lewis Luminos says:

    Here’s mine: a cover for my own book written for NaNoWriMo in 2009. 50,000 words in 30 days!

  25. […] And thank you Strawberry, for continuing your monday memes. […]

  26. […] Strawberry Singh posted a “Book Cover Challenge” on Monday, and for some reason lately Venus in Furs has been stuck in my mind – it was the natural go-to for what sort of cover I’d put together. While my vampire character is very dominant, he’s also (obviously, if you’ve seen other posts here)… not terribly “butch” – thus, a more feminine mode of domination seemed to fit him, and that’s, of course, where Venus comes in. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a book focused largely on female domination, and it’s where we get the term masochism – from the author’s name, Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch. Here I’ve translated it – Fereydoon has Wanda’s red hair and (if I remember right) green eyes, and even the same black pearls – but they’re draped around his neck, rather than in his hair. […]

  27. chericolette says:

    So many good books and memes here already….its not a natter of who’s is the best. Its great to view then all.
    Mine is a take on ‘the time traveler’s wife’ (you might have guessed that). A dramatic fantasy romance story so possible in second life.

  28. […] based on a real book, it can be one that you make up. Don’t forget to leave a link to your cover @ Berry’s blog comments and share it in the Blog Memes flickr […]

  29. Done mine, ohohoho! Here, a SLelf-help book for everyone, cos God knows y’all need it. Myself? I don’t. XD –>

    This was so much fun, Berry!!

  30. […] based on a real book, it can be one that you make up. Don’t forget to leave a link to your cover @ Berry’s blog and share it in the Blog Memes flickr […]

  31. […] since I was into the idea, we have this challenge, from Strawberry Singh’s blog: Create a book cover to show your avatar in fiction. It does not have to be based on a real book, […]

  32. There are too many fantasy novels around my house, it seems. My book cover here:
    (and yes, I am totally in that photo. Just very, very small. And possibly behind something.)

  33. […] I know I’m totally late for Berry’s Monday Meme of Second Life Book Cover but hey, better late than never hmm?  So I took the challenge and ran with it, I’ve been […]

  34. […] For this week's Monday Meme I've asked you guys to share your avatar in fiction by creating a Second Life Book Cover.  […]

  35. […] of fellow group members and the amount of time they must put into their shots. My offering for the Second Life Book Cover Meme is rather twee, I’m afraid, and not a work of art, but maybe it will make you smile. I guess […]


    about time I did another one of these, so much fun .
    Thank you!

  37. Thank you everyone for sharing your books covers! <3

    You can find more memes and blog challenges at this link:

  38. […] finally got around to doing Strawberry Singh’s Book Cover blog meme! ❤ I’ve been meaning to do it for aaages because I love books. And this one is […]

  39. I’m late to the game on this one, but here it is! <3

  40. […] a American version of James Bond, kick ass, take names, save the world!  Check out Berrys blog HERE and read about the SL Book Cover […]

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