Thursday, 15 October 2009

US Vs. UK: The Monstrumologist Covers

US // UK


I love the UK cover for The Monstrumologist -- It's just so fun and weird. Plus, there are blood and guts present, which is always good for a horror story. I do like the US one, just not as much. It seems to be aimed at older readers, while the UK one looks like it's aimed at a younger audience. Is it just me that gets that impression?

I'd buy either, though I'm voting UK this week. Also note the difference in title... I wonder what prompted that?

17 comments:

Chicklish said...

I definitely agree with you about the US one looking like it's aimed at an older audience. I think I prefer it, though - I like the glass.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I compeltely agree with you. I really like the UK one.

Jo said...

I prefer the US cover - because it looks like it's aimed at older readers. I wouldn't pick up the UK one for thinking it was a kid's book.

Rick Yancey said...

I prefer the US version (and not because I'm a Yank). I think it reflects better the tone of the novel: dark, Gothic, Victorian. When I first saw the UK version my reaction was "too cartoon-y!" and I was concerned, like Jo, that the book might be mistaken for a young kid's book. The title was S&S UK's decision. They wanted a subtitle with the general series title, THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST. Rick Yancey

I Want to Read That said...

Well ... they are both kind of gross in a good way ... I can't work out what is in the jar? Anyway, I think I'd be more likely to pick up the US one.

Jessica Kennedy said...

I'd pick up the US book but would NOT pick up the UK. :( Icky.

elnice said...

I like the US cover, the other one looks gory.

Thao said...

I like the US cover better. The contrast of the background with the shiny minitank (or whatever it is) is gorgeous.

Andrea said...

I like the US cover. The UK one freaks me out.

Rosie said...

I love the US one, but not UK one. The US one is very much of the Asylum, and Victorian scientist, and beautiful ~ whereas I think the UK one looks quite generic {thinking Darren Shan, etc, etc, etc}, definately more childish. I would never pick it up, unfortunately as the US cover is lovely. Quite intriguing.

La Coccinelle said...

The UK cover makes it look like it's a book intended for boys. I don't know if that's the case or not, but the US cover seems to be a little more subtle and would probably appeal more to both genders.

I might pick up the book with the US cover. I'd skip right past the one with the UK cover.

Rabid Fox said...

This is the first I've heard of this title. Between the two covers, I'm drawn to the US version more, though I kind of get a kick out of the UK one. You're on the spot about their possible target audiences.

Rhiannon Hart said...

I just got the UK one (as I live in Australia) and I'm disappointed! The US one is so sleek and gross. But maybe the UK one fits the story better. We'll see.

Kate said...

The UK cover definitely looks like it's aimed at a younger audience. That's why I'd go for the US cover.

Lauren said...

I would absolutely rather have the US one. The difference between the two kind of reminds me of the way the covers between the US and UK copies of The Devouring are different. The UK one looks gorier and more like it's for younger readers.

Liz said...

I love both but prefer the US one. The UK one is unexpectedly gory looking and not the usual style for covers I've seen for books! But then this is no ordinary book!

Anonymous said...

i think the US cover is better, though it could have been more gory, like intestines in the glass instead of a drink