Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I've Got Elly Griffiths Covered!
Oh, oh. I'm at it again. Me, a devout non-cover junkie talking about book covers. I have a lot of nerve, don't I? However, I've always been interested in the difference in book covers between countries-- especially since I read a lot of crime fiction published in the UK. I know that there are all sorts of legal reasons why the covers can't be the same, but the anomalies still intrigue me.
Coming soon, I'll be comparing the US and UK covers of a book that I've actually read, so it will be interesting to see if that knowledge will help in my "dissection" of the artwork.
In the mean time, I'm going to be cruel to us all because I know a lot of you join me in loving Elly Griffiths' Dr. Ruth Galloway mysteries. The next book in the series, The Ghost Fields, will be released in the UK at the end of March, but we here in the US won't see it until mid-May. Oh, the pain of anticipation!
Here are the book's respective covers:
Well, what do you think?
As for me, the UK cover seems a bit... uninspired. We've got a woman wandering around a dark, creepy place in questionable weather. Sounds like a bad horror film, doesn't it? To top it all off, the woman has her back to us. Last week you learned that that is one of my pet peeves with covers. Why can't any of these characters turn around and look us in the eye? Huh?
Since it reminds me of a bad horror film anyway, I almost feel as though I'm supposed to be sneaking up behind her. The only other comment I have about this cover is that-- knowing the book has something to do with a downed World War II plane-- the woman may be wandering around an old, abandoned air field. Cue the theme to Jaws, please!
The US cover immediately evokes the World War II plane flying over the mirror-like surface of the water. I actually spent more time looking at this cover and even did a bit of research. How many blades on a World War II-era propeller? Is the plane flying toward me or away from me? Weird stuff like that tends to go through my mind....
I've since decided that there are three blades on that propeller, and that the plane is flying toward me... coming in for a landing from the ghost fields, cargo unknown. Yes, the US cover gets my imagination going-- and gets my vote.
What about you? Which cover do you prefer? UK? US? Inquiring minds would love to know!