Monday, 27 February 2012

The Cover Wars: The Gift / The Naming

Tara of Basically Books and I decided to get together to do a weekly meme where we would compare covers of the UK editions of books with those of the US editions.

The aim of this is to just have a bit of fun. We put ourselves in the position where we see both of these books side by side in the bookstore. Which would we choose? Why that one and not the other?

This week, our book is the first of the Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon. Together they form a fantasy series that I discovered and enjoyed as a teen.

US cover                                                                  UK cover

Rea says: This is another one where there’s absolutely no contest for me. I don’t like the style of the US cover. I don’t like the depiction of the girl’s face or how things appear to be a bit smudged. The UK cover is really very pretty when you see it face to face. Minus the detailed map in the background, it’s fairly simple. As a fan of fantasy ever since I can remember, the UK cover calls to me much more than the US version. In fact, I think that if I was faced with the US cover in the bookstore, I’d pass it by. Obviously, I didn’t do so with the UK cover as I’ve read the book twice now. UK for me.

Tara says: I don't really know if I have seen either of these books. I may have glanced at the pink one before but I am not sure. First of all the titles and their respective cover art go well together. If the UK version was called The Naming or if the US version was called The Gift I would be totally confused as to why. I’ve found that for most books out there the cover art is of a girl or a boy or both. For this reason, the UK version seems different and I feel it shows more of what the book is about. Also the UK version stands out so much better and it’s bright pink! So I am going with the UK version.


Week 6:     US: 1     UK: 2     Draw: 2

Do you want to join in too? Here’s how:
Step 1: Copy and paste the Cover Wars image.
Step 2: Copy and paste our intro or write your own but it must link back to both of our blogs.
Step 3: Copy and paste the US and UK cover images.
Step 4: Compare the two.
Step 5: Either use our score or keep your own score.
Step 6: Post it and share it!
Thanks and have fun!


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