Thursday, 8 July 2010

US Vs. UK: The Passage Covers

US // UK

This week, I have a very clear favourite. When it comes to covers for new adult novel The Passage, I just can't love anything more than the UK one. I mean, just look at it!

It's a cracking display of creepiness; it's unsettling, unnerving, and guaranteed to make you stop and stare. I have it face out on my bookshelf, and my mum and sister have asked me time and time again to turn it round. They can't stand her haunting eyes.

I was lucky enough to interview Justin Cronin in person the other day (that will be posted soon, hopefully next week), and I asked him which cover he preferred. He said he honestly likes both. I see where he's coming from with that, because the US cover is creepy and ominous in its own way, but it doesn't have the same effect on me as the UK one does. I have serious cover love for what Orion did with that image, and the awesome 'Something is coming' line makes it even better.

Oh, and the UK cover is shiny. Did I mention that? It has a kind of chrome effect, and seems to bounce off the light and change colours in the glare (I've attempted to demonstrate this below). It ROCKS.


So, in other words: sorry mum, but it ain't going anywhere!

21 comments:

Mrs. DeRaps said...

It's definitely a creepy cover. The US cover almost looks friendly and fun comparatively. And, chrome wins every time!

Nomes (inkcrush) said...

agreeing absolutely!

And I love those metallic/refelctive covers. They kinda hypnotise me :)

YA Book Lover said...

Definitely prefer the UK cover. I am jealous of that cover!

Indigo said...

I just brought the US version. However, I absolutely love the UK cover. Color me green with envy. (Hugs) Indigo

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

I totally agree. I like the UK cover so much more. Definitely way creepier. Before I knew what the book was about, the US cover made me think of a heartfelt adult fiction title, maybe a family drama, or a murder mystery. The UK cover is more representative of what the book is actually about, IMO -- plus, it's shiny? Too cool!

girlsinthestacks.com said...

UK cover for sure, its just so darn creepy...which I like!

Dot said...

I completely agree with you, the UK one is so simple yet amazingly effective. I hadn't noticed until the other day about what happens when it catches the light, just made me love it even more!

Book Chick City said...

I'm not taken with either of them really, but if I had to choose then the UK cover is more intriguing than the US one. I'm really looking forward to reading this one, although it's quite a hefty book, so will have to put aside a week to read it :)

Book Monster said...

The USA one really caught my attention the other day in the book store when I first saw it but I like the UK one more.

Jesse Owen said...

I wasn't sure at first but after seeing the holographic effect of the UK cover - the UK one wins for me this week.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I much prefer the UK one too. It's definitely super creepy.

Becky said...

The US one doesn't suit the type of book it is at all. The UK one wins although there is no way I'm going to read this. It looks too scary!

Kate at Read This Book! said...

I love the shiny effect on the UK one! :) definitely love the UK cover!

Lauren said...

UK, definitely. I would probably like the US one if it were the only cover, but the UK one is creepy in a way I just can't define.

Carla said...

UK all the way baby!!

I Want To Read That said...

UK (hands down!) and it ties in with the girl in the book trailer:)

Dwayne said...

UK ftw!

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

I was ready to say that I preferred the US one just a little more, until I saw the picture of the shiny effect on the UK one. Now I can't choose!

Sandy said...

I was gonna say the UK cover was too creepy and unsettling for me to like but that chrome-eque cover is pretty! I like the rainbow ^_^.

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