Ok so I know that sometimes when a book is published it gets different covers and titles in the different countries its published.
I don’t usually mind this. A different cover makes sense as often the targeted audience have different things they look for on a good book cover. It’s usually understandable but sometimes I will prefer another countries cover.
A different title however annoys me as it’s a bit confusing to work out what the equivalent to a US book, for example, is over here in the UK. I think that unless a title doesn’t translate from a different language very well or uses colloquialisms from the country the story originates from that won’t work well here then we should just keep the title.
This has only recently started to really annoy me. I don’t usually judge a book by its cover, or at least I try not to, but sometimes you see a cover and just think “yes!” This has happened to me twice recently, with two different books, one from the US and one from Australia. These books appealed to me because of the covers I saw them sporting, then I saw the UK covers… and was seriously, seriously disappointed. I want to discuss them a bit so here goes…
Pink – Lili Wilkinson
I actually believe that the cover I hate is actually the one that this book was first published with. (If I’m wrong please let me know!) However the one I originally saw was the hardcover (left) and it just shouted “YES YOU NEED TO BUY ME!” I checked out the summary and loved the sound of it. The cover was so apt and I wanted it so bad. So I looked for the paperback (right) and was seriously disappointed. It looks like a ten year old girls’ “fluff” read. A happy sappy quick throw away read and I honestly wouldn’t even looked at the summary of this version of the book unless it was pointed out to me by someone I trust.
I know Lili Wilkinson’s whole theme in this book is not to judge someone by their cover so it’s a bit ironic that I’m so set against this cover. But I am seriously considering spending like 3 times as much just for the hardback of this book!
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) – Sarah Mlynowski
This is the US title, and that on the left is the US cover. I saw the title and was instantly intrigued, I wanted to know the ten things were and the fact that they “probably shouldn’t have” really got me interested! Then I saw the cover and it shouted out to me, I saw something in it that just spoke to me, I needed to read this book and headed over to amazon to add it to my wishlist. I was gutted when I realised that it was a US only (for now) book, but I added it anyway with the thought that if it doesn’t get a UK publisher soon I’ll get it imported.
Then I met Keris Stainton at the Book Blogger meet up in Manchester on Saturday just gone. She’d seen my “on my wishlist” post that morning when I highlighted the US cover and title of this book. She pulled out a copy of her next book Jessie <3’s NYC and showed me that her publishers, Orchard Books, were publishing “Ten Things” in August and there was a blurb and cover image in the back of “Jessie”. Imagine my shock when I realised that they’d changed the two things that made me love the sound of this book; the title AND the cover.
I hate the UK cover… HATE it. It looks like a teen romance, with none of the tension that I saw on the US cover. They have also changed the title to “Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done” which to me doesn’t draw me in, it sounds like “they” don’t care about the things the shouldn’t have done, like the things weren’t even that bad, like silly little dares maybe.
I think the UK cover (right) and title has lost the tension and seriousness of what the summary suggests is held within the pages of this book. I probably would have picked the UK version up in a store but not in the same way I would grab the US one off the shelf and rush to buy it. I have to wait til August to read the book if I get the UK version, but I may still get it imported. I know covers and titles don’t matter too much but with this one, I dunno, I fell in love with the US version and the UK one just doesn’t have my heart as much.
I don’t think I would be as opposed to the cover had the title not been completely changed and I really would love to know the reason for it!
Have you come across any books where you have felt strongly about the cover/title? Please share so I don’t feel like I’m the only one!!