Thursday, 19 August 2010

US Vs. UK: Forest Born Covers

US // UK

Don't you just love Shannon Hale's covers, both US and UK? They're always so eye-catching and fantasy based, even though they take very different approaches when it comes to jacket design. I wasn't sure about the US one at first, but it's really grown on me. Everything from the background landscape to the model's pose says fairytale, and it all works better than I thought it did.

The UK cover also has a fantasy vibe to it, thanks to the colours and leaves etc. I love how Shannon's name is displayed in a swirly section, and the strong colours at the forefront mean it'll easily stand out on shelves. To me, the UK edition looks like it's aimed at a slightly younger audience than the US one, though I'm not sure if it actually is. Either way, I don't have a clear favourite here... how about you?

15 comments:

Molly said...

It seems to be a trend at the moment to have covers like that in the UK. Personally I don't really like it, and I know that as a teenager I avoided covers like that as they looked girly, insipid and immature to me.

I like the US one as it shows what the book is about more. From the US cover I can guess it's about a girl, a forest and a castle. From the UK one I just see pink.

Carla said...

UK. All. The. Way.

and i'm totally unbiased as you can imagine.

Lori said...

I like the UK one better, but the US one might go along with the story. I haven't read the book so I really don't know, though. :)

Jesse Owen said...

I'm edging slightly towards the UK one this week - though I do like the US one.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I love the UK one. All of her UK are gorgeous.

Enna Isilee said...

I own both sets. UK and US 'cause I love them both! I prefer the Allison Jay covers (the ORIGINAL covers) the best. However, when it comes to Forest Born I prefer the UK one because I don't really like covers with photographs.

Kay (Dead Book Darling) said...

While I can't say I am a fan of either cover, I agree with you that the UK cover does look like it is for younger readers. I mean, hello? Pink!

Andrea said...

I like the UK cover. The US looks old-fashioned.

La Coccinelle said...

I prefer the UK cover. Even though the US cover probably reflects the story better, it looks too much like a cheesy fantasy paperback for my taste.

~The Book Pixie said...

I WAY prefer the US cover. The colors, font, and the image are very lovely! I don't really care for the UK one at all when it comes to these two covers.

~Briana

Sandy said...

I prefer the UK cover here but I don't like the colours they are too girly for my taste. The US cover I don't like all too much because the girl doesn't seem to fit with the background it seems like her image was photo-shopped in which it probably was but I don't want that fact to be obvious.

Becky said...

The US one definitely looks like it is appealing to a younger market to me. My Year 5/6s would love that cover. The UK one looks like something that Year 7/8s would pick up. Very interesting stuff!

Lauren said...

Definitely the UK one on this occasion. If I got the US one, I'd be embarrassed to read it in public. It looks a little bit trashy to me.

girlsinthestacks.com said...

UK, but then I know nothing of the novels or the target audeince. Like Lauren said, I might be less inclined to read the US version in public, looks (to me) juvenille.

Anonymous said...

I do like both. However, I do like the US slightly better because it looks like it's geared toward an older YA audience and it gives you a little insight to what the story is about.

The UK cover is pretty, but it does make me think "sweet" and "cutesy". Plus it tells me nothing about the story.