Thursday, 15 July 2010

US Vs. UK: Wintergirls Covers

US // UK

Laurie Halse Anderson posted the UK cover of Wintergirls on her blog last week, and I was pretty surprised by how different it is. It definitely gives a clear picture of what the book is about, and I like how it uses one of my favourite passages of writing to illustrate that.

I find the US cover haunting, which is also what I thought of the book. There's nothing scarier than seeing that face looking back at you, and knowing just what the characters go through. The US cover will always be my favourite, but I do like what the UK have done with it, and how they've chosen to express Lia's struggle with eating disorders.

What do you think?

27 comments:

Khadija said...

i like them both but the US version more, there is something haunting about it and it deffinitly draws you in :)

Caroline said...

I definitely like the US version more!
I am not entirely sure about the UK one, but it's incredibly how the cover changes the perception of the book.
The US one makes me think of a thriller rather than the UK one which makes me think of a YA/Chick Lit book...

Jenny N. said...

Its my first time seeing the UK cover but I still like the uS cover more. Its more dramatic.

Cat @ Beyond Books said...

Oh, wow, I do not like that UK cover at all. Way too busy.

Nomes (inkcrush) said...

I like them both - they are both so different in feel, but equally compelling. have you seen the Australian one? What did you think of it? It was painted by a teenage girl (!)

Taschima Cullen said...

US hands down!

Sarah said...

Here's a case where I like both covers. I think they both show a bit different side to the story but they are both stark and haunting.

Sab H. said...

Wow I had never seen that UK cover. I'd say UK except that the US cover is kind of glittery and sparkly... GORGEOUS!

Sara said...

I love the US cover! I'm not really a fan of the UK cover. It's OK, but it doesn't compare to the US one :)

Rachel Star said...

I kind of like the UK cover more; it's different and it's unique to the book, so it really makes it stand out. But the US cover is very pretty.

Clare said...

US! But then I own it already and love the glittery aspect of it. Is the UK version going to be released in HB or just PB? If PB I think it would get lost in a shelf of books whereas the US one jumps out at you!

Kaya said...

US cover is better.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I didn't know it was coming out over here, but I hate our cover anyway! The US one is stunning, though.

HellsOnEarth said...

I like the U.S. cover more, it's the same one as they have in Australia aswell.

Keren David said...

I also think the UK cover is too busy, and it makes it seem like a very conventional 'issue book' which might sell it short.

Dwayne said...

I think the US cover is slightly deceptive, I mean I thought it was a horror or paranormal book when I first saw the cover. The UK would be more frank about the theme. Hmm, I don't know, I'm torn between the two!

Robby said...

The US cover is definately something I prefer. The UK cover is more blunt, but not as expressive. The US cover sets the imagery out on a plate for you, letting you know what's inside. Not really, actually. You still have to look for it.
I am still amazed by my love for this book.

girlsinthestacks.com said...

This time I vote US...love haunting covers.

Lyndsey said...

Finally...I like a US cover more than the UK one

Ashley said...

Definitely like the US one better! The UK one doesn't represent the haunting-ness of the book!

jenny wilson said...

US, the UKone is awful

The Book Owl said...

I really like them both! US is more haunting, but the UK is really eye-catching with the quotes. It's a tie for me.

asamum said...

Oh I really prefer the US cover - the depiction of being frozen & trapped by something - in this case an eating disorder - the cover provides a really clever metaphor :D

Carla said...

I just really love the US cover for this book, its just so ethereal and beautiful. Though I must say i love the quotes on the UK cover, they are some pretty good choices and would make me stop and read them if i saw them in a bookshop which i suppose is what they were going for. US all the way. I'm a traitor and i love it!

Lauren said...

I haven't read Wintergirls yet, but I'm so used to the US cover that it's going to take my eyes a while to adjust to the UK one, I think. I like it though. It's just *really* different.

Becky said...

I like the UK one. It is straight to the point really isn't it?

Clover said...

Yeah, I don't like the UK version AT ALL. Very noisy and busy.