Monday, 14 January 2013

US vs. UK: Insurgent Covers

US // UK

I am a huge fan of the US covers for Veronica Roth's Divergent series. I just think they look so stylised and effortless, yet so much better than the UK ones. The UK cover for Divergent mirrored the US one, but then it was republished with a similar cover to Insurgent's. I really don't like them at all, not even the font or the colours used. It's a shame really because Divergent was brilliant (I've yet to read Insurgent but I will be doing so soon!).

The UK cover to me looks bland and nondescript, and I'll never understand why the publishers went with a strange purple sky and a silhouette of a girl. The US covers represent the books so much better, and they look like what they are: dystopian YA. I'm lucky to own both of these covers, and I regularly look at my US cover in some kind of book-lover awe. I think they're some of the best out there at the moment, and I hope one day they'll be repackaged over here again. Sorry to all you guys who love the UK covers!

What are your thoughts? Do you agree?


Bungle said...

The annoying thing about this, as you know, is that they changed the UK covers with the release of book 2. I liked the original UK cover. Now I'd have to go with the US cover.

Eimear said...

Love the US covers. The UK covers are pretty enough, but the strapline really bothers me - far too long, and doesn't really give a sense of the book at all.

Cat @ Beyond Books said...

As a huge fan of UK covers, I am surprised that I much prefer the US edition. I agree with you that the UK one seems bland. I don't even feel like the UK one captures any of the story either. I love the simplicity yet emotion evoked by the US cover.

I'm going US for this one for sure! (And I have both books in hard cover, too, which is a rarity for me!)

Hollie said...

I definitely prefer the US version. It represents the book so much better than the UK one. I do think that the UK cover looks a lot better in person than it does online, but it still doesn't come anywhere close to the US cover!

caroline.taylor078 said...

The majorly annoying factor in this debate for me is I got the US copy of Divergent in The Works for a bargain £1.99 and then I have the UK copy of Insurgent meaning they don't match at all, I much prefer the US cover which seems to be the majority opinion, theres nothing awful about the UK cover, its just a bit bland in comparison.

prophecygirl said...

That's one of the most annoying things - having covers that don't match!