Thursday, 12 March 2009

US Vs. UK: Broken Soup Covers

US // UK

Thanks to Laina for inspiring this week's comparison!

This is possibly the biggest difference in covers that I've posted about so far. They have no relation at all, and could easily appear to be completely different titles. For anyone who has read anything by Jenny Valentine, you'll know that her books are quite quirky and unusual, and this is the reason that the UK covers fit so well. They may look like they're aimed at a slightly younger audience, but they say a lot about the story.

The US one is nice, yes, but it's generic. And missing half a head. I'd still buy it, but the question (especially for all you non-JV readers) is: would you? Or would you prefer the colourful UK cover?

13 comments:

Steph Su said...

I have the UK version! UK all the way!! :)

Chicklish said...

I can't believe how different they are! That's amazing.

I wouldn't know which to choose. I'm just amazed that they're the same book!

H said...

It's a really bad photo of the UK version on Amazon, so I wouldn't buy it over the internet, but up close I love it. Mainly this is because the text looks mushy-pea green for some reason on all the photos. It's not, it's the colour of a neon highlighter. Which is cool =)
although I don't understand why it's on a stamped envelope - just for quirkyness?)

Erika Lynn said...

wow, they are really different. not knowing anything about the book i would be drawn more to the US version.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I agree that the US one is very generic and the UK ones fit the books well. The covers seem to have been changed a little for The Ant Colony though.

Bookworm said...

I like how the UK is unique, bold, and bright. The US one is so been-there-done-that. UK covers are always so much fun!

The Voter said...

They are totally different. I wouldn't even think they are the same book. I like the UK cover, but it looks too young. I would get the US cover, but wonder why that was the cover.

Laina said...

I like the US one, it's elegant. The UK one is very busy.

Ladytink_534 said...

I agree with you (even though I do like the sweater Half-a-Head Girl is wearing), I think the UK cover is something I'm more likely to pick up just because it's so eye-catching!

Kate said...

I don't like the UK version. I much prefer the US one because it looks older :)

C.K. said...

I love the originality of that U.K. cover!! The U.S. one gives no clues about the amazing book lurking underneath. I really hope this is a hit in the U.S.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read this author at all, but if I had the two on a shelf in front of me I would definately choose the UK one ~ it's just so much cooler and quirkier; kinda reminds me of the art on that Mika CD =)

Anonymous said...

Well I have never read anything by this author so going by book cover I would most likely pick up the U.S. version. The cover is simple and over used but the U.K. cover has too much going on and makes it look more aimed at a younger audience then me.