I honestly cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen a beautiful book on the internet, and when I go into a British book store or on UK Amazon the cover is absolutely horrendous in comparison. So I thought it would be fun to look at a few UK and USA editions side by side and see which side of the Atlantic is home of aesthetically pleasing book royalty.
LEFT – USA / RIGHT – UK
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
As mentioned in my Station Eleven book review, I seriously cannot handle how beautiful the American cover is. The haunting isolation, the beautiful background, just everything about this book cover is stunning and magical. As for the UK edition, I like the bold typography and the simple detail, but when put next to the USA edition, it just seems to lack the haunting beauty and stunning colouration.
ROUND 1 WINNER – USA
Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor
This is one case where I have an outright winner, and not particularly being I love one more than the other, but because I HATE one of them! I cannot stand the USA cover of this book, I think it looks cheesy and far too young adult for its own good. The UK edition has a lovely mysterious element to it, and although I find the UK edition to be quite generic and not particularly unique, I think it holds a mystery and beauty which well out weighs that of the USA cover.
ROUND 2 WINNER UK
(The Original) Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
With this one I am pretty biased with, as the UK editions of the books hold an extra special part in my childhood memories. I will forever love the original Bloomsbury editions of the Harry Potter series. The art is wonderful and I adore the colour schemes. With the US edition, yeah, I like it (I don’t appreciate the changing of the title of the book!) but it just isn’t the same to me. It seems very fan-arty, if that makes any sense?
ROUND THREE WINNER UK
A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Scwab
Now this is another one that makes me so made that I’m stuck with the UK edition. I mean LOOK AT THAT USA EDITION! It is absolutely beautiful. The way it depicts Kell leaping from one London to another, I just find it to be wonderful. The UK edition is OK. I mean, I like the maps and the font, but I just can’t get on board with the silhouette of Kell. I am in love with the USA edition, and I need it in my life.
ROUND 4 WINNER – USA
This was a fun post to make, and I could have listed quite a few more! Let me know what you think about it in the comments and I might make this a regular feature on my blog! Hope you enjoy and let me know your thoughts on the BOOK COVER WARS.