Sunday, 8 July 2012

US Vs. UK: The Look Covers

US // UK

I'll be honest here: I definitely prefer the US cover for Sophia Bennett's YA novel The Look. Anyone who knows me will know that I'm not a pink-loving girly girl, so I think that's my main reason for my preference. I really like the layout of the UK edition, but for me it's just too pink. Even the page edges are bright pink! It's a lovely looking book but not one that I'd automatically pick up in a shop. That's just me though - I'm sure lots of teenage girls will love it!

Also, I don't think the UK version quite conveys what the book is about. I haven't read it yet but I know it's about illness, as well as other things. The US cover shows that better, I think, through the use of two images with varying amounts of hair. I prefer the colours used too, I quite like purple. I do find the split screen effect to be a bit distracting, but it's great placement for the title. Regardless of my personal taste in colours, I can't deny that both covers are eye-catching in one way or another.

Which cover do you prefer?


Charlotte (The Book on the Hill) said...

I definitely like the US cover better. I'm tired of covers with "beautiful faces" on it, but with no meaning whatsoever. A face is a face. Does it give us an idea of what the book will be about? Nope. :)

So I agree with you. There was real thinking behind the US cover. It expresses a lot. And I like this pale purple colour better than the pink one, too... :)

I had never seen the US cover, so thank you for featuring it! I still have to post my review for THE LOOK, so I'll use the US cover to illustrate it, no doubt about it!

Have a lovely day, and happy reading!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I have to admit that I'm not really a fan of either of the covers, but if I had to choose, I think I'd go UK.

VikLit said...

I think the US one gives me more idea what it is about, it tells me more definitely.

Cat @ Beyond Books said...

I don't particularly like either, but if the book is about illness and a change in the character - I'd say US wins out on this one. I also find the split screen distracting, but I agree the title placement is pretty nifty on that cover.

Of course.. I'm sort of excited by the bright pink edges of the book on the UK edition. HA! Pink or not, I happen to love when the book itself is all artistic. When they use more than just the cover to create. One of the many reasons I love books over eBooks. heh

Siobhán @ Totally Bookalicious said...

UK!! I love covers. But The UK for me.

The book is amazing btw!! Highly recommend it.

sophia bennett said...

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Jenny. And fascinating to see the comments, too. We'll see next year whether the US cover is a success or not ... sophia xxx

-Ria xo said...

The US cover is so relevant to the story, I love it! But nowhere near as much as I love the UK one. I LOVE how pink it is, and those pink pages are so perfect.

Thanks for posting about this, I hadn't seen the US cover.(:

caroline.taylor078 said...

I own the UK one and I do love the cover and the pink pages, however that US one sums up the book so well.

Krystianna said...

I like the US cover better. I like the purple better than the pink! I do happen to like the font on the UK cover better.