Hey guys, how you doin’?
Today I’m here with a cover x cover face-off. I’m a sucker for visually pleasing books and I usually buy the edition that catches my eye the most. I live in a non-english speaking country, so both the cover and the translation are usually the biggest deciding factors in which copy I’m going to buy. In Brazil, we mostly get American or UK covers, but sometimes publishers here choose to do something new.
For a while I’ve been meaning to share with you some of our covers, instead of doing the typical US vs UK cover comparisons. I’m going to pick my favorites, but note that taste is a particular thing and these are just my preferences. If you have different ones, feel free to share them with me in the comments.
Now let’s see some Brazilian editions x American ones (at least I believe they are american, based on the information I could find on Amazon and Goodreads. If they’re not, please let me know):
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (A Princesa Prometida)
(This book is old, so it has like a gazillion english covers. I picked 3 that seemed relevant.)
My pick: BR cover
Even though I couldn’t be 100% sure if those 3 covers I found are american or not, none of the ones I saw in my research beat the brazilian cover of The Princess Bride anyways. At least for me. The BR edition is hardback and has a beautiful orange map inside it. I also love how it pays homage to the movie, but with drawn versions of the characters in a cartoonish kind of way. If you think about it that kind of makes sense with the parody elements in the story.
A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas (Corte de Espinhos e Rosas)
My pick: BR covers
At first I didn’t like the american covers much because I’m not much of a fan of that classic ‘girl in gown’ kind of cover, but they’ve actually grown on me over time, since the girl is drawn and not just photoshoped there. I still favor the brazilian covers, though. Idk, I like the colors, I like that there’s no people on them, and I like the little patterns on each one. They look more unique in regards to some other covers out there and I appreciate that.
Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead (Laços de Sangue)
My pick: BR covers
Can you blame me? Look me in the eye and say you don’t prefer the latter as well, I dare you. Okay, I know you can’t look me in the eye, but really, I’ll be shook if you disagree on this one. I mean, it might look like I’m being biased with the brazilian covers here, but I swear I’m not, especially with this series. Bloodlines is the spin-off of Vampire Academy (which unfortunately does not have good covers, neither here nor in the US), one of my all time favorite series. So I can’t tell you enough about my relief that at least for the spin off, I don’t have to own those atrociously photoshoped covers.
Actually, if for some reason you’re not convinced yet, I’m gonna throw in a little extra argument here. Just take a look at the spines for the brazilian editons. Cased closed.
The Darkest Part of The Forest by Holly Black (O Canto Mais Escuro da Floresta)
My pick: US cover
Actually, I like both and I’d own both of them. I do intend to own these two editions to be honest, and I like them for different reasons. In the american one, I love the green plants growing wild around the title, and I just love the vibe it gives me of “deep into a forest full of secrets”. I think this one represents the title better, which is why I picked it. On the other hand, I like the brazilian one because of the colors and the end papers (which have those flowers as well), but even though it’s visually pleasing, I feel like the other one gives me a better sense of the story.
The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden (O Urso e o Rouxinol)
My pick: BR cover
The american one is not bad, but the brazilian one gives me more of a feeling of whimsical and a fairy-tale touch. The first one almost looks like an adult book cover, while the second one feels more ‘middle-gradey’, which gives me the idea of ‘innocense in a harsh environment’. That fits better with what I know of the story. You may have noticed, but I have a tendency to like better covers with drawings and styled graphics, and less the ones that look like photographs.
Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows – Sangue e Mentiras & Crooked Kingdom – Vingança e Redenção)
My pick: US covers
These are the covers with the least difference between them, so I don’t know why our publisher even bothered to change the originals. Nonetheless, I still prefer the US ones all the way. Not only the first ones look more “drawned” than the latter, they also have beautiful black and red edges, and I’m absolute trash for books with sprayed pages.
So, do you agree with my choices? Which covers do you like best? Let me know down below. 😀