Sep 12, 2013

Book Cover Variations {the.book.chat}


I love book cover variations.  It's like seeing different artists' perspectives on the same story.  Each cover evokes a different emotion and captures a different feeling from the story.

The very best are the classics.  It's like free game for everyone to put their own spin on it.  Move over boring Penguin Classics covers.  I want all of these.




One of the cool things about being in Germany is that on the rare occasion I find an English book section, the books are usually the UK version, meaning different covers than what you find stateside.  On top of that, browsing the German books is fun because I get to try and guess what book it is in English.  
Titles don't always translate perfectly.

Here's an example...can you guess what this one is?


It literally translates into "The Tribute from Panem: Lethal Games".

Here's another...
Kinda cool, right?

Here are some more of my favorite book cover variations...






 


Sometimes, it's like the cover designer actually read the book.  


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8 comments:

Tanya Patrice said...

I don't really follow cover variations of the books I read - but I've seen a few that I loved - most notable the change in Shatter Me - from a horrendous "girl in white dress" - to something much more graphic and striking.

Tanya Patrice
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danielle said...

Love that second (middle) Jane Eyre.

Megan C. Stroup said...

What an awesome spin on this topic! Those Jane Eyre covers are great: I adore both the graphic flowers in the top left cover, and the simplicity of the bottom right cover, even though they are complete opposites. I also enjoy looking at title translations in other languages. When I was in Spain, I saw a DVD title that translated (roughly) to: "A Place in Which One Finds Refuge." The English movie/book? "Safe Haven." I thought that was pretty funny!

ohseems said...

Oh, I like the guessing game! I do like how there are different covers for different languages.

Fran said...

Oh, I really like those Jane Eyre covers - especially the watercolor looking one!

melissa said...

Love your choices!! The Graceling covers are pretty cool, but I'm quite attached to the original :) I love the soft cover of My Name is Memory- way more than the hardcover!

angieeatspeace said...

These are some great picks, I love all the Jane Eyre ones!

Megan @ Adrift on Vulcan said...

Hi Jessica! I found your blog through your amazing post on The Paper Sea. Can I just say that I love your blog already? The title and the design is just GORGEOUS.

Also, cover variations! There're pros and cons to them - especially when the cover changes mid-series. That's practically every book collector's worst nightmare, but to me it doesn't really matter, just as long as I get the book's content. :P Some of the ones you shared here are so pretty, though. My favorite has the be the watercolor one of JANE EYRE. And the second cover for MY NAME IS MEMORY is stunning as well.

I've seen many covers that don't seem to fit the story at all, so it's always a pleasant surprise when one really does. Thanks for sharing! :)

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