Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cover Love!

The GotYA decided to make the Cover Love post a monthly feature (YAY). So here I am again!
There are so many amazing and sometimes strange covers; they deserve more attention!

First up are the covers of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. Uglies describes a future world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty.

(From left to right: UK(?),US, Indonesian)
(From left to right: Thai, Portuguese, German)
I think the German, UK and Indonesian covers reflect the plot of Uglies best. The US cover with the girl behind the leaves could have been for The Hunger Games as well. It doesn't exactly give a hint about the plot. I like if the cover reflects the book somehow.
The Thai cover? Not exactly sure what it shows. I don't think that it would appeal to teens, but maybe I'm wrong?
My favorite cover: Indonesian.
Next: The covers of The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson.
Set in a near future America, the book takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity.

(from left to right: US hardcover, paperback, UK, French)
If you've read the book you know that the butterfly is mentioned throughout the book (it's too spoilery to say why), so it makes sense to have it on the cover. That's why I really like the US hardcover with the butterfly on the girl's hand, but I'm not really fond of the French cover. It's a bit boring in my opinion. I think the paperback version with the puzzle pieces is the one that reflects the book best.
My favorite: US paperback
Next: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan:
(from left to right: US, UK, German, French)
There's one thing all of the above covers have in common: they are deliciously creepy and that reflects the mood of the book perfectly. I have the UK cover on my shelf and I really like it, but I prefer the German cover because it's the creepiest (I loooove creepy!).
Next: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White:

(UK/US, Russian)
I absolutely love the US/UK Paranormalcy cover. The atmosphere of it is mysterious and the dress of the girl is gorgoeus. But that's not the reason why I included Paranormalcy in my post. Maybe you remember my last cover love post and the Bulgarian cover of Hex Hall that I presented in it?
I want to show at least one strange/funny cover in each post and this time my decision fell on the Russian cover of Paranormalcy. As Kiersten mentioned on Twitter when she revealed the Russian version, there is nobody in the book who has pointy ears...So who's that girl? And is it only me or does the man's throat in the front scream "romance" or "erotica"?


Becca said...

This is so weird. I was just thinking about doing my own post about my favorite covers and my reasons.

It's so interesting to see so many different interpretations of a book by the country's cover.

Nicole said...

I like those same three for Uglies. Though I think my favorite is the UK, with Germany a close second. I love the doll bodies!

Erinn said...

I love Cover Love! awesome. It'a really amazing how many changes can occur depending on the where the book is being released.

Horserider said...

I'm not entirely sure on any of the Uglies covers. The UK one portrays the book the best. The Thai one looks too thriller/horror-esque for the book to me, but I also don't live there.

I LOVE all the Forest of Hands and Teeth covers. Though I agree the German one is the best. I would buy it just for the cover...

That Russian cover for Paranormalcy is just strange... I wonder how it all came together.

Tracey Neithercott said...

I love this feature. It's so fun to see the other countries' covers.

For Uglies, I like the UK and German the best. The Thai: I'd never pick up that book. And the Portuguese looks a little cheesy.

For The Adoration of Jenna Fox, I love the butterfly US cover, though I have the puzzle pieces one at home.

Carrie Ryan majorly lucked out because all of her covers are gorgeous! My favorite is the German, too. So creepy!

And Bulgarian Paranormalcy? Um, that dude has the longest neck I've ever seen. Either that's a Photoshop job gone wrong or his neck is about four inches longer than any other human's.

Jen Daiker said...

It's neat to see all the different covers!! I do like the US and the German the best!

Hayley said...

I love looking at all the international covers! I think the UK cover of FoHaT is the paperback US one, too. At least, I bought a paperback copy here in the US and that's what it looks like. :) Love the German one, though!

Krista Ashe said...

I'm so loving these posts!!

Oh my, the Paranormalcy cover looks epically like a Erotica book! EEK, scary! LOL

I will say I like the darker FoHaT covers...the copy I have is the first one with Mary looking all forlorn and sad. The really intense forest one is awesome.

Debra D. said...

Oooh, I LOVE the UK version of Uglies with all the Barbie parts--I think it makes a great statement! Also, the German cover is fab.

Um, srsly, what is up with these Bulgarian covers? It totally looks all sexy and erotic and super dark, none of which I associate with Paranormalcy (which was a delightful, super fun read--and quite chaste!)

Morgan said...

I love the Uglies UK cover-- it's really modern and unique. "Cover Love" is a really cool feature! I can't wait to see more of it.

J.S. Wood said...

I find that I usually like the US and UK the best but in The Forests of Hands and Teeth, I like the German one best.

Thanks for this awesome idea for posts!!

Bee said...

This is awesome. You picked my favourite covers too. I also like the French cover of the Forest of Hands and Teeth a lot. I think the expression on the girl's face conveys a lot.

And the Russian cover of Paranormanlcy? Definitely screams 'Erotica!'

PS. The word verifier says 'scants'.

Her highness, Samantha Vérant said...

I have the French version of Forest of Hands and Teeth in my possession--along with the entire Uglies series! My step-daughter read them...cough...I wonder who put her up to it???

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Jamie B said...

Pointy ears...haha! I don't know why that makes me laugh. Guess foreign covers are just entirely a shot in the dark sometimes.

JEM said...

Uh..did not realize that was a throat. I'm glad you said something or I would have continued thinking it was the front of a dress (true story). I love this feature, I'm glad you're keeping it! I salivate over book covers.