This entry was inspired by Abby, who wrote to me and implored, “go to amazon.co.uk and look up Lisa Kleypas. WHY ARE THEIR BOOK COVERS SO MUCH BETTER THAN OURS?!?!?!! I am so upset about this, it’s kind of ridiculous. They just look so much classier! It’s totally unfair.”
Is that so? Well, let’s have a look, shall we? All the pics are below the fold – but the poll, depending on the browser, may be up here.
Here’s one of Kleypas’ Wallflower Quartet books, Devil in Winter (my favorite of the four) in the US edition:
It also has a hideous stepback:
And here’s the UK Paperback, published by Piatkus:
The US version of Mine Till Midnight
This is the US version of Seduce me at Sunrise:
And this is the UK edition – I found two!
So far, with the exception of Mine Till Midnight, I do like the UK covers better.
Here’s another example, this time of a contemporary novel. The US edition of Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, hardcover and mass market paperback, looks like this:
And here’s the UK trade paperback edition:
I confess, I like the cover with the actual harbor better—as did folks who nominated books for the Cover Cafe contest this year. This book placed fifth in the cover contest this year.
And while we’re on the subject: what is WITH the communion-hands holding-something position?
It’s communion in the Church of Women’s Fiction Covers! Take! Read! This is fiction which is given for you, to read this and think that it’s cover is twee.
Anyway, communion hands notwithstanding, do you like one set over the other? Which do you prefer, and why?