Saturday, 11 October 2014

US vs. UK: The Martian Covers

Regular readers of this blog, along with my Twitter followers, will know that I'm a big fan of The Martian. It's so, so good. So good in fact that I bought myself a finished US edition, even though I have it on Kindle and my dad has a copy of the UK edition. Why, you ask? Well, it's because of the covers. I think the UK one is quite odd, not what I'd have imagined. But the US one? I love it!

I suppose the main difference with the covers is that the UK one features a lot more text in the way of quotes and taglines. I think it detracts from the impact myself, because if you look at the US cover it looks desolate and baron, much like the book. It gives me a sense of loneliness, which is what the main character faces for the entirety of his story. I also like the fact that we see a full martian complete with space suite and red dust - what could better tell a potential reader what they're getting themselves into?

Saying that, I do prefer the UK's font and separate colours for each word. It certainly stands out. I'd happily own either of these covers, though the US one is by far my favourite and my preference. At the end of the day it's what's inside that counts, but we all know how important the cover is for first impressions and the overall decision to purchase.


1 comment:

Rhys said...

The US one definitely is stunning - and quite terrifying, really. It's a lot more evocative than the UK one which hardly seems to touch on the Martian subject matter at all!