Saturday, 12 March 2011

US Vs. UK: Birthmarked Covers

US // UK

I love both of these covers, but for me the UK one wins. I think it's genius (Well done Nick Stearn, designer extraordinaire!). On a first look, I thought the design was pretty simple. But it isn't. I like how the girl's face is made up of the same strapline that appears on the US edition (Those marked with a code will determine the future. One marred with a scar will unravel the past) - I've never seen anything like this before!

I still think the US cover looks more dystopian, because of the dark colours and intriguing landscape. I also like the coloured lines placed vertically down the cover, though I have no idea what they are or how they relate to the story. I'm guessing I'll find out when I read it!

I own both these editions, and it was very hard for me to choose. One is hardback, one is paperback, but each have incredibly eye-catching covers. The UK's awesome design still makes that one my favourite and I think it's actually the best UK cover of 2011 so far. I'm looking forward to see what beats it!

Which do you prefer?

16 comments:

The Slowest Bookworm said...

i actually prefer the US cover. i like the dystopian feel of it, although I do have it on pre-order as the UK version.

Marlene said...

I definitly prefer the US cover! The UK one is pretty, but to me, it doesn't fit the book at all. The mood, and the dark colors, and the girl in the US cover really fits the story, and thats important to me!

Liz. R said...

Hmm, this is difficult. While I think the design of the UK one just takes it, the US one definitely has a more dystopian feel to it, and I like the colours used. I think it's a draw for me, this week!

Vivienne said...

I prefer the US cover too. The UK one looks more like an adult book than a YA one. Sorry!

Sara said...

I actually like the US one more too. It goes a lot better with the plot. But I really like the UK cover in general. :P

Sabrina said...

I think both covers are great however I prefer the UK one because it's so special and makes me interested in knowing more about the book.

For the German version of "Birthmarked" they used the cover of "Glimmerglass" by Jenna Black.

Sab H. said...

I hadn't seen that UK cover of Birthmarked! Its really interesting, I think I like it more than the US one..
And LOOK you have another reader with MY NAME! :)

Vicki said...

I like the UK one. I would definitely pick it up despite not knowing anything about it and then would be intrigued. I also love how original it is! The US one does say Dystopia more and I do like it, but I don't think it would catch my eye as much. Either way, can't wait to see what you think!

Nikki-ann said...

I love both of the covers, but I do think that the UK one has the edge. It's beautifully designed and very creative too.

Jesse Owen said...

I like them both but the UK one just about edges it for me.

BooksforCompany said...

l like the UK cover but l don't think it looks like a sort of book l would usually read! The UK one does win though for me =)

I Want To Read That said...

Ooh difficult - I like them both but I think the UK one just has the edge. The more I look at it the more I like it!

MC Rogerson said...

The US version caught my attention initially, but the UK cover is the one I'd display on my bookshelf.

Goon said...

I like the US cover better. It caught my eye really easily in Chapters, but the description wasn't very good so I didn't end up buying it.

girlsinthestacks.com said...

UK. The US one doen't look as good "in person."

@goon this could have been a great story, but for me it just didnt hit the mark.

My Dragonfly said...

I love the UK/Australian cover - it caught my eye straight away.