Literary Listings: 3 US Book Covers That Kick UK Ass

So covers all over the world are different. Every local subsidiary changes things, and I’ve written about this in the past, with the UK kicking US butt but now it is time to do the reverse!

So after digging through GoodReads for a few months and their different lists, I’ve deduced that for these 3 books, the US cover wins, epically so.

US covers are on the right and UK covers are to the left.

3 US Book Covers That Kick UK Ass:

UStoUK3The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The UK piece is actually quite nice and well done, the orange suits it I think. Makes it seem all bright and attractive. However, I much prefer the US cover, being that it looks more tailored, somber and artsy. There is something about a good font, that drives me wild. Wild in a good way. It also looks hand done, like I can imagine an illustrator sitting down to do this.

UStoUK2The Lightning Thief by Percy Jackson

I really, really, really don’t like the UK version of this. I’m not a big fan of covers that have computer graphics all over the place. I’m sure for the young adult audience that this book appeals to might be attracted to it, but as a 25-year-old YA reader, I’d be caught dead buying this. Even though the US cover is obviously childish, it looks just… better.

UStoUKThe Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

This one might get me into trouble, and I plan to do a big post for it during the Harry Potter Re-Read that I am participating in for the next 2 to 3 months, but I much prefer the US covers to the UK covers (the original editions mind you, I’m going to dedicate a post to my favourite HP covers in general). They are a more consistent edition than the UK covers. However, I prefer the UK books, being that I get the UK cultural idioms a bit more than the US ones. Plus, really, Sorcerer’s Stone? No. That’s an abomination.


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6 Responses to Literary Listings: 3 US Book Covers That Kick UK Ass

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  2. I agree with you on most counts, except for The Lowland. I don’t actually like either of those covers – the orange one is attention-grabbing, but a bit too symmetrical, if that makes any sense. I also prefer the US Harry Potter covers, but probably because the same covers are used on the South African Afrikaans books, and those were the first HPs that I ever read. So, childhood nostalgia and all that.

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