Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I Have Joanne Fluke Covered!
This week in Crime Fiction Cover-Off, I thought we'd take a look at two-- one from the US edition of a mystery, the other from the UK edition of the same book-- that are almost identical. Sometimes I think it's easier to have a preference when the two covers have quite a few differences rather than when they're a lot alike, don't you?
I chose a mystery by Joanne Fluke. One, because I've never read any of her books and thus will be a completely impartial judge, and two, because these covers are so much alike.
Let's take a look and see what you think....
See what I mean? Not much difference at all, although the US cover continues the American publishing tradition of Blurb Love. I know I'm not alone when I say that I don't care if a book is written by a bestselling author or not, but I do think I'm the member of a minority. Evidently, most people want to read a "winner" if they're going to spend their valuable time with a book, and the bestseller list must be the tried-and-true way of determining winners. This is the only so-called blurb that the UK cover has, while the US cover also tells us that this is a Hannah Swenson mystery with recipes.
The rest deals with a bright orange cover, a brownie with a bite taken out of it, the author's name, and the title. Which one do I prefer? Despite my dislike of blurbs, believe it or not, I do prefer the US cover. It just appears brighter, cleaner, and more balanced to me, and I've narrowed it down to two things: the title and the placement of the brownie. The fudge-colored UK title makes the cover appear muddy while the white US title is more eye-catching somehow. Having the brownie down low on the UK cover makes it look bottom-heavy, and it draws a person's eye away from the author and title.
What say all of you? Which cover do you prefer? US? UK? Neither one? Too close to call? Inquiring minds would love to know!
Now...why am I hungry for brownies???