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Happy July: Free Books! Cover Competition!

So six of my friends and I were discussing US and UK covers one day, and we compared and constrasted and generally came to very few conclusions about the difference between US and UK covers. We were focusing on young adult covers, as we're all young adult authors, and I thought it might be interesting to share some of our waffling here. Possibly even enlightening!

Okay, it was all Saundra Mitchell's idea and anything enlightening was probably said by her, and definitely not by me.

But as a reward for listening to my babbling, we thought we could give away seven books at once.

In the US, I think young adult fiction is seen as slanted more towards adults, whereas in the UK young adult fiction is seen as slanted more towards kids: with the landslide success of Twilight everywhere this is changing as we speak, but for now I've noticed that in the US teen sections are kept quite separate from and sometimes far away from the children's section, and in the UK they tend to be together and quite often to blend.

So, there's the question of different audiences for the US and UK people.

There's also the question of different sensibilities: I know a couple of US covers that were changed because 'that's too sexy for the UK market.' This overlaps with the question of audience, but might also have something to do with notions of propriety this side of the pond. ;)

And there's the question of timing. Some of us have always loved young adult fiction - for instance, you can try prying my copy of Margaret Mahy's The Changeover out of my cold, dead hands - but it cannot be denied it's exploded in recent years, and especially since Twilight, though there were signs of its rising popularity well before that. And Twilight had a much slower start in the UK than the US - possibly due to their very different covers. So I think the UK is less certain of young adult fiction: it has lots of experiments in style.

One example of such experimentation is a book I know of that was sold as straight-up YA fantasy in the US, was sold as YA fantasy with a different UK cover, and at the same time as adult fantasy with yet another different UK cover and a different title. This was deeply confusing for me. I very nearly bought the same book twice.

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, published in 2005

Here is the first piece of proof that US covers favour photographs of people. It is a Thing. I think this may be the biggest difference between US and UK covers: it's fairly usual for a UK cover for young adults to have an illustrated cover, whereas I've seen few US covers with illustrated people on them, and those that have them tend to trend young.

The UK Uglies cover isn't illustrated, but it is experimental: in a way they're both 'What the heck!' covers. (In my head there are two kinds of covers - covers trying for the reaction of 'Oooh pretty, I shall pick it up!' and covers trying for 'What is that about...? I shall pick it up!' Some covers do both, but I see those as the Two Main Aims.) The US cover makes you go 'What the heck' because of the way the title works with the cover - it's a picture of a girl who as far as we can see is pretty, and yet the title says Uglies. 'What the heck,' we say, and pick it up. The UK cover is of doll parts and medical equipment. Surgery on Barbies? A torture manual for doll haters? 'What the heck' we say, and pick it up.

The system works!

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, published 2006

The US cover for Twilight is pretty well-known, and I have gone on about how it is genius for both being iconic and having a person on it as well.

The UK cover is less well known, as it was rejacketed with the US cover in paperback and has thence rocketed to success. I read it with the UK hardcover, and I showed it around to all my friends and swore it was selling like Harry Potter in the States. 'But we've never even HEARD of it!' they exclaimed. (Now, they have.)

I see the UK cover as an experiment: a photographic cover of a person, yes, but altered to suggest the supernatural. She is all flat (as if someone had taken a rolling pin to her, I am not commenting on Bella Swan's womanly endowments) and ghostly looking: she's near some lockers. The UK cover trends young, too, as it makes it clear the character is going to school.

After realising the US cover does so well, though, the UK publishing industry said to themselves 'Black and red!' As we shall see...

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, published 2007

Both photographic covers, but the US versus UK sensibility is a factor here: the boy on the US cover is foxy, whereas the girl on the UK cover is moody. The US cover has the 'Oooh, someone's shirt is off, LET'S GO! pretty' and the UK cover has the 'what the heck is on that girl's face? Ah, runes!'

Interestingly enough, with the release of the third book the series is being rejacketed in the UK with the US covers.

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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, published 2008

I thought it might be cool to see how series progress when on a different track: the US cover keeps it up with the 'oooh, pretty' this time with sparkling waters and flaming hair rather than shirtlessness (Probably for the best, I for one would be rather startled by Clary's womanly endowments on display). And the UK cover this time is working the attractive guy, in an understated way, and the cover is also a little black and red. Remember those colours!

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Tithe by Holly Black, published 2002

'Sarah' you might well say. 'Why is this all the way down here when it's the earliest? Also why are there THREE COVERS explain yourself!'

So the middle cover is the US hardcover of Tithe, which was rejacketed into the last cover for the US paperback. (This happens, and in fact one day I may do a post on the changes of some books from hardcover to paperback. But not today!) But since we in the UK are suckers for our illustration, the middle cover was what was used as the first paperback edition over here. (That's the one I own, incidentally. If it is rare and coveted by others, I shall be much pleased.)

Then the UK cover was changed to reflect the US cover, and then in 2008 the first cover in the line-up, and the first original UK cover, was put on UK bookshelves.

This one is a little tricky, I realise. But the US paperback is one of the Very First YA iconic covers against a dark background, and we can see how it had babies like Twilight.

The UK cover isn't illustrated (as we'd already had an illustrated Tithe) but it does have a fairytalesque quality I think, and it also has masses and masses of foil.

(And if you think three covers is tricky, I could have shown you the new UK adult editions, and the new US covers coming out soon: I had mercy and did not complicate things further.)

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Valiant by Holly Black, published 2005

But same deal as with the first book in the series: the first original UK cover was published in 2008. Remember I told you guys to watch for black and red? Here it is, accompanied by tons of foil (in an iron fretwork pattern, which fits nicely with the book). And the US: icon against dark background, much more obviously fitting in with a series than the UK cover does - different views on companion novels? Who can tell.

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The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong, published 2008

Illustrated UK cover, photographic with person US cover, and the UK cover has a lighter background: if moodiness is to be had, it's in the rather Gothic-looking house. The look of the UK cover also fits in with the UK covers for Kelley Armstrong's adult series, and in fact I often see it shelved in the adult section.

Also interestingly, the sequel The Awakening has the same cover in the UK as in the US - girl in moody light, holding a necklace, as on the first book's US cover.

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The Devouring by Simon Holt, published 2008.

This UK cover is experimental too - I have to say, it kind of gives me nightmares! And it's a huge contrast with the mellow US one, as well as being another example of illustrated and photographic covers. I have one theory about this book, which is that since the author's got a boy's name and boys are statistically more likely to read books by boys, the UK cover and its horror edge is designed to appeal most to boys. Whereas girls statistically read more full stop, and the US cover is designed to appeal to them. Different audiences in two senses of the world!

Plus an example of the pretty cover (US) versus the 'What the heck' cover, as in 'What the heck is up with that guy's face? Pick it up!' (Oh my God his faaaaace ohhhh myyyyy Gooooood.)

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, published 2008

The UK cover, as we can see, illustrated person, and black and red! And the US cover, iconic against a dark background.

Early versions of the UK cover folded out to show another character against a blue background, and I own that version: cool diversifying extra feature, also possibly giving a younger impression than the US cover.

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Ash by Malinda Lo, published 2009 (not yet)

And spot the UK cover: trending younger, and distinctly fairytalesque: in this case very appropriately, as the book is about Cinderella. The UK cover highlights that by the edge-of-Disney but atmospheric illustration and the telling glass slipper, and the US one does something different but very clever: the icon against the dark moody background is a person! Curled up to look like a cinder. Very well played.

And to examine those of the seven participants who have US and UK covers to examine:

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Knife or Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson, published 2009

Both of these books are illustrated, which is rare! And the US one looks designed for a younger audience to me: in fact I was signing in Harrods a couple of weeks ago, and the bookseller there had ordered in the US copy because she thought it'd fly off her shelves. So I think this is a US cover with a lot of UK sensibility.

But the moodier, iconic UK cover has specific art on it: it has art by Brian Froud, a UK artist who a lot of people in the UK are going to recognise. (Other people too, but tons of UK people.) So it's a clever cover for over here because the feeling of familiarity will make people stop and pick it up. And it's very pretty, with lots of foil: the UK does undoubtedly like its foil. More on that...

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Wings by Aprilynne Pike, published 2009

Both of these covers are iconic and both are photographic, but the UK cover (as UK covers do) trends a little younger to me - bright colours, snazzy font, lots of foil. Whereas the US cover has a moodier, darker look, fitting in with iconic covers like Twilight, Tithe and Hunger Games. Note the foil thing: see, I told you the UK seems to really like foil. I can take out Knife and Wings and tilt them up to the light and be entertained for hours and - minutes. Yep, minutes. Very few of them. I'm a grown-up. Swear.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, published 2009

Iconic and photographic cover: the photographic cover is the US cover, natch, and the UK cover is black and red.

An interesting thing about UK and US sensibilities here: several of the seven discussing this were halted by the UK cover, going 'Yes but what IS that image?' Whereas I, the one used to UK covers, said 'Naturally it is a skeleton hand beckoning/skeletal leaf thing!' I don't know whether this means my side of the pond likes something convoluted, but thinking about some European movies, signs could point to yes...

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The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, published 2009

Analysing your own covers is the very hardest, as one is tempted to go 'OH MY BABY FLAIL!' but see how the pattern continues. My UK cover is illustrated, and my US cover is photographic: they both have the pretty cover thing going on (as hello, attractive young men) and though it cannot be seen here, the title of the UK cover is foil.

And the UK cover is black and red: to which, no objection in life. Good colours, and good company!

Now, having seen so many US versus UK covers, you probably have opinions. You probably have favourites.

I cannot hear them. (NO. SERIOUSLY. PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME. SERIOUSLY, PLEASE DO NOT.) Books are not significantly like our children, as selling one's children in the marketplace is frowned on by many. But book covers are like our children's faces in a way - they mean a lot to us, and we don't have control over them. They're also marketing tools, so people should feel free to express their opinions on them: but doing it to the author is liable to just make the author collapse in a tragic heap of smelling salts and brandy. (Medicinal, of course!)

I would like to hear anyone's thoughts on the trends in covers on both sides of the pond, possibly how US covers sometimes get new covers in paperback but never adopt the UK ones, and how the UK industry often changes to the US covers to see what will happen. I'd also like to hear guesses on what the UK covers of the other three of the seven debaters - Saundra Mitchell of Shadowed Summer, Sarah MacLean of The Season and Sarah Cross of Dull Boy - would look like.

But if you want to pick favourites, good news, that's how you win seven books at once!


Go here to vote for Team US or Team UK, and possibly win either the seven books in the UK package complete with UK covers, or the seven books in the US package complete with US covers.


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Jun. 30th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
I tend to read more space opera than fantasy, but I noticed almost 15 years ago the distinct difference between US and UK book covers. In SF, US book covers usually feature illustrations of some of the main characters, whereas UK versions tend to have either planets dancing merrily round strange suns or are just a plain cover with the title and nothing else.

I pondered why this should be but when I emailed Lois McMaster Bujold's publishing house to ask why the difference I received the reply, "That's because one cover is for the US and the other is for the UK".

Which was certainly true, but also spectacularly unhelpful.
Jun. 30th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
It's funny - a couple of months ago my friend Melissa and I reviewed a couple of fantasy book covers on our blog (my pick was Knife, come to think of it!). She's in the US, I'm in the UK, both the books we picked have different covers for the US and UK and we both coveted the other person's version VERY badly.

Her pick was one of the covers from the Mercy Thompson series. The UK gets these very monochromatic, graphic covers while the US get these these absolutely gorgeous oil painted covers by Dan Dos Santos that make me sick with jealousy.

The UK Knife cover is again, simpler and more graphic (but we did both prefer it. Melanie Delon is a great artist and she did a beautiful job on the US version but, you know, Brian Froud. If you're going to get ANYBODY to rock faery art, it's Brian Froud.)

Same with the Demon's Lexicon - they went for graphic design/illustration versus photomanipulation. I'm going to hazard a guess that's where the other three will be going too? It depends on the genre - fantasy themed books seem much more likely to get an illustrated cover although the photomanipulation trend is creeping in. I think part of it is the economy - it's cheaper to pay a photomanipulator than it is to pay someone to hand paint a cover from scratch - and part of it is that some people respond better to photos( because it brings the characters more to life for them, maybe?)
Jun. 30th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I have no idea about the US Demon's Covenant, but the UK one will be in the same style as the UK Demon's Lexicon.

I don't know about the economy's impact: photoshoots are definitely not cheap, but buying stock images might be more cost-effective? I am inclined to think that the success of some YA books with photographic covers has a lot to do with their new popularity.

I remember contrasting some of the Mercy Thompson series covers with a friend! I actually like the UK covers the most, possibly due to my sensibilities. ;)
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Jun. 30th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
*blinks* hmmm...both Tithe and Valiant, i've got the US covers despite being in the UK. It might be 'cos Waterstones imports some books though.
Jun. 30th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Well, like I said, the UK used the US covers before making their own in 2008.
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Jun. 30th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm drooling over the books so I have nothing too coherent to say. Because they're all beautiful and need to be devoured!! I. Need. To BUY them ALL. Also, I have to admit I had to make my (US) copy of The Demon's Lexicon turn around (and face Dull Boy) because I swear Nick was keeping me up with his pretty pretty face. If I wasn't so terrified of smooshing the gorgeousness I would have fallen asleep clutching him to my chest.

I really can't wait to see Dull Boy's UK cover, I'm sure it'll be spectacular. Because it is awesome, as you know, and if nothing else they could ditch the foil and put little scrolling LCD messagescreens reading "Buy me, or Alice gets it".

Thank you so much for this discussion post, Sarah! Now I'm gonna check out the links!
Jun. 30th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
I am sure Nick's gorgeousness was most flattered. :)

And I think a cover full of threats would appeal greatly to Sarah Cross, bloodthirsty wretch that she is...
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Jun. 30th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
This is the best post ever! I have a scarily big obsession with UK/US covers, and the changes fascinate/annoy the hell out of me.

I definitely think our UK covers are aimed at a younger audience, which is somewhat baffling, seeing as it's TEEN fiction. Not eleven-year-old fiction. Sigh.

Oh, and you'll see The Summoning UK edition in the adult section because it was published as adult. Unfortunately. I've never quite understood that. As far as I know, they're reprinting for the teen section.
Jun. 30th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
Really, I saw it in the YA section too so I wasn't sure what it was published as: that is so interesting! Is it being reprinted with the US cover?
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Jun. 30th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
UK versus US Covers
I have always been jealous of the UK covers of the books that I like. Usually the UK covers are like works of art, beautifully designed paintings. But seeing these YA covers it seems that the US do have a few standouts. Definitely like the Cassandra US covers better. Thanks for great post!

Jun. 30th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Re: UK versus US Covers
Thanks for reading! For me it's a split: sometimes I like one better and sometimes the other. I will confess I like the US The Devouring better, the UK one scares me because I am a fraidy cat!
Jun. 30th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'm having trouble following the description of the Tithe covers... I think one of the references to the middle cover is actually meant to refer to the third cover, but I'm not sure which?
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
No, no. Both refer to the middle cover. In the US the middle one was the hardcover, then was changed to the third cover in paperback. In the UK, the middle cover was used for the paperback. Then a second paperback was released, with the third cover. And then a third paperback was released, with the first cover. Does that make sense?
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Jun. 30th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
I am a sucker for illustrated covers, rather than photographs of people. Some of my favourite covers ever are the US HARRY POTTER series, mostly because it's fun to open them and try and figure out how this dragon or this dementor or this thing is going to figure into the plot. My other favourite illustrated covers are the US paperback editions of HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman.

Otherwise, I'm sort of torn. I like the iconic ones a lot, but it depends on the book and its contents, I think.

Also, apparently I'm US in my book cover sensibilities as I've consistently liked the US ones better (with a few exceptions).
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Most interesting to note tastes, as the US Harry Potter covers just look WEIRD to me, I think possibly because I imprinted on a different illustrated style. I think illustrations of people might also be the hardest sell for me, though I am very fond of my own UK Nick, Howl on my copy of Howl's Moving Castle and RJ Anderson's (Brian Froud original!) Laurel on her UK edition sequel Wayfarer.

I also loathe the childrens' cover for the UK Deathly Hallows, and deliberately bought the adult edition so I would not have to look at peeeeople meeeeelting on my cover.
Jun. 30th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
The book I saw in my bookstore yesterday is not mentioned here, but I saw it and IMMEDIATELY thought of you.

It is called "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." It's basically the Bennet sisters living in the midst of a zombie plague, and going about their daily lives meeting Bingley and Darcy and killing "unmentionables" as their warrior father Mr. Bennet has trained them to do.

Did I mention that I don't even like zombies much, but what I read of this book was hilarious?

One of my personal favorite parts is when Darcy insults Lizzie with his "She's not pretty enough to interest me" comment, and instead of getting all huffy in a ladylike Austenian way, she gets her knife out and follows him across the room with the intent of cutting his throat!

It's by Seth Grahame-Smith. The cover art is quite memorable, too, though not nearly as graphic as The Devouring.
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
*covers eyes* We never speak of this book here, it upsets me horribly. It's a brilliant idea, but it really creeps me out that he used Jane Austen's actual words.
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Jun. 30th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
This is an awesomely interesting post. Thanks!

I, too, have a TITHE US hardcover. I didn't realize it was rare and coveted!
Jul. 3rd, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
I, too, have a TITHE US hardcover. I didn't realize it was rare and coveted!

I do, too. :) I remember Holly doing a double take when she signed it. I guess that's why!

And yes, Sarah, great post.
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Give me foil or give me death! But I also like dark, sexy, and iconic. It's interesting that you say the UK can reject for sexiness when I honestly thought Americans were considered prudes by most Europeans. Maybe not!
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
I think perhaps not by the English. ;)
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Jun. 30th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Excellent article! =] I agree about UK covers appealing to the younger crowd.

Oh and the old cover for Twilight.. I didn't know it was for UK. I just assumed it was an old cover. xD I was lucky to see a actual copy of the old Twilight. None of my friends know about this pink cover.

Personally I prefer most of the US ones except for Wings. Wings UK cover is even more gorgeous! And I totally heart the UK cover for The Demon Lexicon. ;)

-Kate at Read This Book!
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you. ;)

The UK version of Wings also has gorgeous foil leaves on the spine. Very prettiful!
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
This is a very interesting discussion I have to say, though I'm not entirely sure I favor one way over the other. I have a tendency to covet UK covers because they're frequently quite pretty and so very different from their US counterparts. It does seem such an odd was of doing things, having two versions with two different covers for Teens and Adults and them sometimes adopting a different cover all together.

In the US, we have distinctly separate sections for Teens because they're considered to be entirely their own market. They're completely distinct from Children's, which is why you don't often find Teen books in the Children's section any longer (which used to be the case when the Teen section was much smaller). Teen books even get their own displays, tables, and new release sections because of that. In the bookstore I work at the Children's section is actually a different department and sectioned off from the rest of the store while the Teen section is on the main bookfloor.

The other thing about the Teen market and teenagers the US is that they want to be adults. They're very big on separating themselves from children, from the perception of being too young. A lot of the popular media currently aimed at teenagers are things that 10-15 years ago were aimed at 20-somethings. Think about the rebirth of shows like 90210 and Melrose Place, now aimed directly at the Teen market when they weren't before.

There's also the matter of a lot of adults (particularly women) still buying books from the Teen section. The consequence of that is that part of the marketing job of the cover now is also to appeal to those adult readers. The UK market, because it makes separate editions for Teens/Children's and Adults, doesn't have to market directly to older teenagers with the Teen covers. It makes some sense for them to target the covers younger in that case; since there are already editions for Adult readers they'll actually increase the marketability to a wider and younger audience by not actually aiming Teen books at the Teen market but at the pre-Teen market.

Now I'm wondering about how separate the Teen market in the UK actually is. Part of this whole thing may actually be the UK trying to feel out what their Teen market is and how to sell to them. I don't know much about the way book sales are done over there, but from the looks of the covers and the duplicate editions it doesn't seem like the UK has realized that the Teen market is something that can stand on it's own yet and they're still basing their marketing on what works for the Children's market. For instance, if they had made a cover for Twilight aimed towards 16 year-olds instead of one aimed at 13 year-olds the first time around, I bet it would have been flying of UK shelves much earlier too. After all, what 16 year-old doesn't like Vampires?

Dull Boy is a bit unusual as far as I've seen in that it is certainly illustrated (though still with a person on it) and it clearly is aimed directly at boys. Most of the teen section is targeted at girls (because they read more) and 20-something women (because they still read YA). I have no idea what a UK cover would look like, maybe something more directly paralleled to the Superhero comics market and certainly younger looking, possibly with some more red and black.

And sorry about word vomiting all over your comments! I have difficulty shutting up about books sometimes.
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Do not be sorry! Most interesting to get a bookseller's perspective.

And I think it's a very good idea to separate the teen section from the children's section for everyone concerned, and I hope the UK adopts that soon - rather than sometimes taking the best-selling YA books (like Twilight) and putting them on the adult shelves. Seems most unfair!

I totally agree that the UK is still feeling out the YA market, hence the experimental covers: which sometimes result in awesome, so huzzah experimentation. ;)
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
I found it interesting that you feel UK books are slanted younger considering Kristen Nelson found YA books cross-shelved in the adult section when she was in the UK. You would NEVER find that in a US bookstore. Even Twilight is still shelved in the YA section here!

I have to wonder if UK cover decisions are based on the character ages in the books whereas US covers tend to reflect the age of the reader. Your US and UK covers are both fairly adult-ish and the characters are older teens. On the other hand, Wings has a slightly younger protagonist, thus the UK cover reflects the protag's age and the US cover reflects the reader's age. And The Summoning has older protags, thus an older cover for the UK version.
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Cross-shelving does happen a lot over here: YA books that are younger go in the children's section often and the ones that trend older go in the adult section. I feel it reflects the somewhat experimental attitude of the UK to

Chloe of The Summoning is only fifteen, isn't she? But I think Kelley Armstrong's other books being adult makes people more likely to shelve it in adult. Plus the subject matters more than the protagonists' ages, I think: Wings doesn't have any of the walking dead featured. ;)
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Jun. 30th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
First I have to flail around: The Changeover!!! That is one of the books I'd love to see them reprint. I scoured the used book shops in college to find a copy to have at school.

On the covers I'd probably go more with the U.S ones, I love iconic imagery. Also I was really surprised by the amount of marketing speak on the UK covers! I used to work for a US anime company and we always had to put review blurbs and such on the DVD covers. Drove me NUTS.

I like the German cover icon!
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