When I saw David Nicholls’ bestselling novel “One Day” in bookstores this summer, I instantly recognized what I believe to be a subliminal image on the cover of the book. I hesitated to write about this, because I believe the image is obscene, but after weeks of thinking about it I have decided that it is better to go ahead and point it out.
In the past, subliminal images have frequently been hidden in the space between two silhouette profiles, and I believe that is what’s going on on the cover of One Day. If you want to see the image, you just need to find a photo of David Nicholls’ book cover. Please do not look at it unless you are okay with seeing a suggestive, potentially offensive image. Here is the link to Amazon’s product page for One Day: http://www.amazon.com/One-Day-Vintage-Contemporaries-Original/dp/0307474712 If you have trouble seeing the subliminal image, rotate the picture 90 degrees to the left.
I have searched on-line to see if there is any discussion of this subliminal image, and I have been unable to find a single reference to it. That could mean that (1) it is so obvious that everyone is aware of it or (2) it is so non-obvious that no one is aware of it. I believe the latter is the case. If people knew about it, surely there would at least be some joking references to it.
If you asked the publisher, author, or graphic designer, I am guessing that they would all deny the existence of a subliminal image on this book cover. I, however, think that the image is too obvious to be accidental. And if the subliminal image is intentional, I think it is in poor taste. One Day is a bestselling book that is on display in major retailers like Wal-Mart, where anyone walking by might see it.
Do you see the image, too? If so, please leave a comment below.