Thursday, 5 August 2010

US Vs. UK: The Karma Club Covers

US // UK

Hmm, I'm not sure which cover I prefer here. Both look fun and summery, and make me think of YA chick-lit. I really like certain aspects from both, though if I had the choice of buying either copy, I'd probably lean towards the US edition. In my opinion, the UK cover looks a little too young, considering the characters are aged 17 and 18.

I also think it's interesting that the UK didn't decide to use a model on their cover. This seems to be happening more and more recently, with titles like Claire de Lune, Candor and Wintergirls opting for text and patterns rather than an image of a character.

Does anyone have any opinions on why the US and UK markets have such different attitudes when it comes to using male/female cover models? And which Karma Club cover has caught your eye?

19 comments:

Khadija said...

I like the US cover more...

Rowena said...

I like the US cover better. I'm not even sure why, I just do.

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I'm drawn more to the UK cover, but I do think that it has a younger feel. There are a huge number of books with faces on the cover. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

Kay (Dead Book Darling) said...

I am not particularly in love with either... but I'd probably get the US edition over the UK.

However, as a general rule, I tend to find text-only/dominated covers more attractive than image based ones. There are some fab image-based covers, but text covers tend to be consistently better!

Briana said...

The US cover for sure!

Autumn said...

I like the US cover better. The UK version looks too juvenile. However, I do agree with not using models. It messes with your perception of what the character looks like. Particularly when the character is supposed to less than ideal...not the prettiest or overweight and then her representation on the cover is someone gorgeous or super cute. It's a marketing ploy.

Natália said...

US, definitely!

Michelle said...

US. I like book covers with pictures. UK one is super cute though.

Jenny N. said...

The UK one is cute and when I see it I would have thought the book was for middle grade readers. But I like the US cover because it has a picture on the cover.

Lauren said...

I much prefer the US one. I generally don't like book covers with garish patterns (yep, I sound like my grandmother) but I've always figured they sell well here in the UK and that's why there's so many of them. That's not to say I don't like any text/pattern covers - The Summer I Turned Pretty for example is really well, pretty.

Maybe UK teens don't like covers with pretty models on? Or maybe publishers assume they don't, or don't want to perpetuate that whole magazine cover image of perfection? What I do know is that when my twelve year old niece steals YA books off me, she doesn't steal the ones with the closeup of a wholesome / glamourous / perfect teen faces on.

The Sweet Bonjour said...

I like the US cover more. It has more to do with the plot and it looks more YA. Why do most YA UK covers just have words on them (Claire de Lune, The Summer I Turned Pretty, The Karma Club etc.) Anyhoodle, I still really wanna read this :)

Dwayne said...

The US one looks better for me, I think the UK one looks common? :/

Jesse Owen said...

I actually quite like the UK one, maybe it does look slightly young. I agree though that sometimes a model works and sometimes it doesn't.

LM Preston said...

I like the US cover more.

Liz. R said...

I prefer the US cover; but it's true that a lot of UK covers don't have models anymore. Maybe it's something to do with the media and the complaints about airbrushing/size zero? I don't know.

Lucie said...

Since you've said the main characters are 17/18, the UK cover does look a little young, but I think I still prefer it better!

I Want To Read That said...

Definately the US! If it hadn't been for the trailer catching my eye I don't think I would have picked up the UK one.

Rhiana said...

I do like the UK one, but prefer the US... Plus it's HB which always wins for me. It's really nive 'real'.

Annamarie said...

The US cover but I have the UK one