My not-so-secret affair with romance novels
I first noticed the differences between the book covers here and across the pond when I was 17. I found myself in London, dressed like an owl outside a non-descript bookstore, waiting for the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I was on a 2-week country-hopping trip, so I refused to read the book until I got home… but when I finally pulled it out of my carry-on, I was surprised at how odd (and small) it looked compared to the copies I’d seen at my local Barnes & Noble.Since then, I’ve subconsciously juxtaposed international and domestic covers I’ve spotted both on the web, and in bookstores. But now that I’m a legitimate blogger (kinda sorta), I decided why not post about it? So, for the cover showdown: US covers are on the left & UK on the right – you just have to decide if you’re Team USA or Team UK! Comment below with your picks. I’d love to know which ones you prefer!
MY VERDICT → I tend to favor simplicity, so I do like the UK cover… but to me the one on the left is so iconic! Also, Slammed and Point of Retreat are getting makeovers – which, in my humble opinion, is all the more reason to appreciate the original cover!–
MY VERDICT → No contest here: US > UK – hands down!–
MY VERDICT → It’s like dark vs. light with this cover face-off! On an individual basis, I think the UK cover for Reckless is pretty badass, but overall, I prefer the US designs. *Though I can’t say I’d turn down a UK paperback set if it was ever offered! 😉–
MY VERDICT → I’ll forever treasure my copy of Walking Disaster because it came from Ms. McGuire herself, but I think I prefer the UK cover. I say think because I like them both and keep going back & forth between the two. On the one hand, I’m a huge fan of the red, white & black color combo… plus the red butterfly, note, and “Find out what men REALLY think” tagline on the UK cover keep reeling me in. But I also like tattoos, the font for ‘walking’, and the chiseled bicep/partial torso on the US cover. It’s tough, but I ♥ Travis & that’s all that matters! Right?–
MY VERDICT → US! Not sure what that shoe really has to do with Fallen Too Far. I remember Blaire saving a pair from her mother, or something to that effect… but for it to be the cover? I don’t recall it being mentioned beyond that party scene, or having that big of an impact, so the UK cover doesn’t do it for me. I like the design and color scheme of the US version. Though not exactly what I pictured Blaire & Rush to look like, it works! *I asked my sister which cover she prefers, and she picked the shoe one because, and I quote, “the one on the left is rated R!” You should know, she’s 15.
MY VERDICT → They’re pretty much the same, with only slight differences. But as the saying goes, it’s all in the details and that’s why I prefer the one on the right. I’m not a fan of the circular “sticker-thing” that seems to worm its way onto most of the UK covers (Abbi’s books have them too!), but I do like the blue, the font, and the guy’s facial “scruff” on this book. (Btw, is it just me, or does the girl on the left seem to have rosier cheeks?)–
MY VERDICT → I prefer the font and overall design on the left, but I think the one on the right has character (pun intended). The US cover has a really clean look, and when compared to the rest of the series, I think it fits better than the UK version does. That’s why my vote goes to Team America.–
MY VERDICT → I like the simplicity of the UK cover and how the red stands out against the predominantly gray background. When I first saw this pop up on my newsfeed, it took a little time to figure out that it was someone’s foot in a ballet shoe, but I got it. Eventually. Still, the US cover takes this face-off because to me, it paints a fuller picture of what Crash is all about. PLUS Jude gets representation with those dirty Chucks! At least, I think they’re Converses… the signature star is hard to spot from here.–
MY VERDICT → I was interested in the decision to go with black & white. (Why do the Aussies get full color AND both Vincent boys on the cover??) I’m not averse to B&W. In fact, I love it. But I’m just curious as to why these books get the special treatment. That said, I have the go with the UK cover here. The words pop out more and I like how they’re holding each other. Don’t get me wrong, I like the peekaboo abs action going on over on the US side, but if it weren’t for the extra set of hands, I’d totally miss the girl! I’d love to touch Beau myself, just don’t hide behind him!–
MY VERDICT → It actually pains me to look at the right side. My main beef is with the spray paint-looking title; it ‘s overwhelming and just doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the cover. But I also take issue with the poor dude. For some reason the change in color has me feeling emasculated on his behalf and I’m not even the one wearing the T-shirt. Needless to say, the US cover takes this one.
———–↓———–↓———–↓———–↓So Battle 1/Round 1 goes to TEAM USA!