Last week I talked about book covers that are uncannily the similar. (And so many of you said you laughed out loud, which made me ridiculously happy. Eeep! I like to make people laugh.) Then Asti @ Oh The Books mentioned how confusing book cover editions from different countries could be.
Why do countries have different book cover editions?
I found a post on Pub(lishing) Crawl that talked about why. They ended up saying basically “one size doesn’t fit all”, which I understand… But why are some covers wildly similar?
Look at The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson:
They changed the font?! Well…why?! According to Pub(lishing) Crawl, covers change to fit the market. I live in Australia and I really don’t see the orange font screaming BUY ME more than the type-writer-style font.
To be honest, I actually didn’t even NOTICE these were different until I was told.
Why bother changing the covers?!
Another close one is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
They switched the people around and put speech bubbles in the USA one…mm. Is it really worth it? (Apparently in the UK/AUS they like silence on their covers.)
But Cinder by Marissa Meyer is hugely different depending on country!
I secretly adore the Polish cover, but the others?! In Portugal it kind of looks like Dorothy falling out of Oz (no offence intended to the Portuguese of course).
The real question we need to ask is: which country makes better covers? Yes! This is an important topic for bookworms to consider. People say “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” and all that blather, but do you? Honestly? DO YOU? Because I do. But that’s totally a secret and shhhh don’t let anyone know I’m such a shallow bookworm.
So let’s have a good ol’ fashion competition and see which country scores highest!
Title: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
Winner: AUS! It’s so much more than a series about a boarding school (which is what I think the USA cover makes it look like).
Title: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi
Winner: USA! THERE IS NO COMPETITION HERE. The Australian cover is so incredibly…can I be blunt and just say “lame”? Please? I don’t like to be mean, but it honestly looks like she’s asking to wash her hands.
Title: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Winner: Can we play spot the difference? Seriously, it’s basically a font and light colour change. I think I’m going to vote USA cover because of the tagline. “Dangerous games are played in the dark” sounds way more freaky then “night” like in the AUS cover.
Title: The Bear by Claire Cameron
Winner: USA. I’m always for minimalistic covers, and also: on the AUS cover, there’s a doll. There is no doll in the book!! She has a toy teddy bear! That’s a weird mistake and nope, not going to let them get away with it.
Title: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
Winner: AUS! Usually I’m for blood and guts on covers, but the story felt more like a Paris adventure with murders as a bonus. Having blood on the cover feels too gory for the chic-flick style book it was.
Title: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Winner: USA! Again, I’m always with less is more, and the AUS cover is cramming a lot of things in there (rose, planes, bombing, face, etc.).
Title: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Winner: USA! It seems more personalised instead of the generic-dude-with-a-sword that the AUS cover has. I like the fact that the crown is broken too, oooh, intrigue! Mystery! Call a blacksmith! Or whoever it is that fixes crowns…
Title: All The Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry
Winner: I can’t decide! It looks like they’ve used the same model, actually, so why have such a different style cover? I think the AUS cover looks more historical-fiction…but I love the whiteness of the USA cover. You guys will have to help me vote on this one.
Title: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Winner: AUS! I feel there’ll be dissension on this one! But in all honesty, I didn’t “get” the fiery symbol. I just don’t. And I love the muted colours of the AUS/UK edition…and the birds symbolising Tris’ tattoos. It’s just a cover I’d love on my shelf. (Ironically enough, I own the USA edition for Divergent and the AUS edition for Allegiant. There is division on my bookshelf, I tell you.)
Cait has a serious cover-love addiction. She’s fascinated by covers. She looooves covers. She often stares at her bookshelf, just admiring the shiny array of beautiful book covers. Speaking of
droolingstaring, some of her favourite covers are Splintered and Unhinged by A.G. Howard. Let me loooove you, sweet covers.