Wednesday, October 21, 2015
I Have Kate Morton Covered!
I just experienced the strongest memory of standing in the fiction department of Harrods. Looking at all those lovely books-- several of them by favorite authors and not yet published in the US-- made me think of this series of posts comparing the US and UK covers of crime fiction titles. Okay. So it also made me think about buying a suitcase and filling it with several of those lovely lovely books. Do I sound like a normal bookaholic now? Good!
This week I chose to compare the covers of Kate Morton's latest novel, The Lake House, because it was just released yesterday here in the US. I love her books, and I wanted to see the differences in the covers. Let's get down to business and take a look!
The UK Cover...
Blue sky, birds, tall trees, and the top story-and-a-half of a marvelous old house. I mean-- look at those windows! And the chimneys and chimney pots!
I like the fonts used for the title and author, and they show up well against the sky. The only other information to be seen is "Number One Bestseller."
This is a simple cover that fits the book quite well... and I want to walk into that house!
The US Cover...
By comparison the US cover is a bit busy. Blue sky and blue lake water. Trees. The side of a woman's head superimposed on a house. The fonts used on the title and author are simpler, but they don't stand out as well against the background. "New York Times Bestselling Author," "Author of The Secret Keeper," and "A Novel" round out the information on the US cover.
The woman's face stamps this book as women's fiction. I wonder how many men would at least pick it up if it just showed the house and no woman? And speaking of the house, the title of the book is The Lake House-- I want to see the house, not the side of a woman's head!
Oh-- I'd like to have your opinions, please. Am I the only person who wonders why publishers go to all the trouble of slapping "A Novel" on a work of fiction? It seems unnecessary to me, but there's got to be a reason behind it.
Hands down, the UK cover. Simpler, prettier, and I love what I can see of that house.
What Say You?
Which cover do you prefer? US? UK? Neither one? Inquiring minds would love to know!