Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cover Wars : US vs UK Vol. 2

Inspired by I Want To Read That and Not Enough Bookshelves as well as my own love of pretty book covers, Books and Sensibility presents: Cover Wars.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The UK version is whimsical and has a lot of fun fonts and pastels. The U.S cover reminds me of independent film posters like Juno ,  Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist  , which will instantly make me picture the main male character a Micheal Cera.

Winner : U.S

Dearly Departed by Lisa Habel

Somone in the U.K dun goofed with this cover. The man on the front cover doesn't look "tall, dark and  . . . dead", he looks like Frankenstien's monster. The orange and red are clashing, it almost hurts my eyes. The U.S cover is mysterious and I like the coloring on it. Like Kat, I'm not a big fan of people on the front of books but I actually like this one.

Does the cover model look anything like the character ?

Winner : U.S

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordran

The U.K cover is more stylized and has more moving pieces  than the U.S. While I  like the realism in the U.S cover art but it reminds me of the U.S Harry Potter covers, which doesn't come across to me as orginial.

Winner : UK

This my verdict, what do you think ?


  1. Generally I like UK covers, but here are some exceptions. I have been crazy about Dearly Departed US and am planning on using it for a Shelf Candy post at some point. Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight UK has nothing on the US version either.

  2. I love this post idea! I agree on the first two. And that does look like an Indie Film poster. Yeah, the dude on the UK cover of this book does look dead. Poor Frankie!

    I think the Percy cover though, for a younger reader the US looks more exciting and magical a la the US Harry Potter covers. But for a slightly older reader I much prefer the UK edition, and the Greek font. The one problem is that the cover is slightly spoilery!

    Great cover comparisons.


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