24/06/2014

How Do the TFiOS Covers Measure Up? {The Birdie Battles}



It's that time. A million editions go in. A battle to the death, to see if I have been conned out of the best cover. Only one can win. There will be pages torn. There will be tears.



With the TFiOS movie now out (and with me finally seeing it last Thursday!), I figured it was time The Fault in Our Stars covers got put under the microscope. There are a million different editions, so we've got a lot to get through (and I'm praying I don't contract a typing-related injury of some sort), so with that in mind . . .







My cover has come under fire a bit. A lot of TFiOS fans weren't happy when this was revealed, but I've always liked the simplicity of it. The crayon font is a nice touch, and you guys know how much I prefer abstract, artsy covers to giant faces.


 

The first cover (Italy) is a girl spilling sequins all over the floor. Now, I'm not being funny, but who exactly is going to clean that mess up?

The second cover (Denmark) isn't too bad. Though I don't know why the heart is made up of bubbles instead of, oh, say, stars?

The third cover (The Netherlands) kind of looks like a fan-made cover for Star Wars or something. It plays on the whole 'star' thing a bit too much. TFiOS isn't actually set in space, guys. Also, why does Green's name cut off and continue on the other side?!

The fourth cover (Germany) is a bit too plain for me. There's not enough going on and it just feels a little boring. I want more from the cover and it doesn't deliver on that front. I'm not wowed!




The fifth cover (Finland) is actually really funky. I love how artsy it is, and how detailed (with the references to the swing and the grenade). It's definitely one of the most unique, so snaps for Finland.

The sixth cover (Poland) is almost like a painting. It's quite old-fashioned (in a good way) and I like the surreal feel. It does look a little bit like a children's book though, which might end up shocking some Polish readers!

The seventh cover (Indonesia) is just ridiculous. If I thought the Polish cover looked a bit childish, then this takes the cake! I don't know what the cover designer was thinking here, but this cover completely undermines the story.

The eight cover (Norway) is a little similar to the Finland cover, and I like the use of the tattoo-esque emblem. Unfortunately though, at the end of the day this is just a picture of two people holding hands. So it's nothing to write home about.



The ninth cover (China) 
is sweet and simple. The stars are doodled, almost like they've been hastily scribbled, which gives a really nice effect, and it doesn't try to do too much. A nice, simplistic cover!

The tenth cover (Hungary) is a bit of a weird one. I like that it keeps the colours from the standard edition, but the random stars dotted everywhere end up looking like flecks of dirt, rather than stars. I feel like this book needs a shower or something.

The eleventh cover (Spain) is victim to GFS (giant face syndrome). This is an affliction that is present in many YA covers, and there doesn't seem to be a cure for the growing epidemic. Side note: it was awfully nice for the designer to use Instagram filters to pink things up.

The twelfth cover (Lithuania) is probably the worst of the lot. Why is this a cover of a girl's t-shirt? Is her shirt essential to the story? Also, this girl isn't even Hazel because, hello, completely different hair. Why Lithuania, why?



The thirteenth cover (Malaysia) is actually one of my favourites! It's similar to the original, but with its own little spin and I like the stars hanging down from the cloud!

The fourteenth cover (Portgual) has nice pictures of houses on it, but I'm just wondering why they're there? I know part of the story takes place in Amsterdam (which I'm guessing these houses represent?), but I really don't think that's significant enough to be on the cover.

The fifteenth cover (Sweden) needs to lay off the kissing couples. It makes me feel kind of voyeuristic. 

The sixteenth cover (Croatia) 
is pretty darn cool IMO! From the big teardrops that have been doodled, to the small star map, to the charcoal background, to the patchwork font. It's definitely a keeper.

The seventeenth cover (Movie tie-in)
gives me feels (hello real-life Hazel and Gus!) but, ultimately, I tend not to like movie tie-ins. I think it stems from me not liking faces on my covers. That being said, for a movie poster (not a book cover) I think this is perfect and cute and did I mention FEELS?




You know, I actually think I'm going to have to go with the Croatian cover! I think my version comes in a close second, but Croatia steals the show with uniqueness and the nice attention to detail.


Which cover do you prefer? Agree with my loss, or think I cheated myself?


54 comments:

  1. Oh I've got to go with Malaysia, honestly! I LOVE that cover!! I think, when it comes to the crunch, I like the normal US cover with the crayons and clouds and blue. THAT'S my favourite. Buuuut...I would have the Malaysian cover just because it's beautiful. I'm still giggling at Hungry needing a shower though. x)

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    1. LOL. I wonder if anyone's ever written 'wash me' on the Hungary cover, like they do on those old cars? ;)

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  2. It's wild that one book has so many covers! I haven't read the book so I don't know what some of the covers are referencing to, but just on eye appeal I like Malaysia's edition best :)

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    1. I know! I didn't realise how many editions there were until I went on GR to do this feature and then . . . well, it took me a LONG time to write this up haha

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  3. Wow, a lot of brilliant covers. I have to agree with Cait and Finley, I really love the Malaysia cover for it. I wish they had a version of that in English because I would buy it. I do like the normal UK/US cover though, I think it works well. The Croatian cover is really good as well though.

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    1. Malaysia seems to be championing this! I love it too; it's quite cartoonish (in a good way) and just a funky spin on the original.

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  4. Wow, I'm from Malaysia and I never realized we had our own cover edition. Go me! T_T I do like it, though, but I think I like the one from Finland most, even though looking at it NO ONE would ever guess it was a contemporary read... much less TFiOS (except the name "John Green" kind of gives everything away). But I never knew people didn't like the U.S. hardback edition! I've always liked it, mostly because I'm tired of covers with models on them and like you said, the simplicity really makes it stand out a lot, too.

    Gah, I really need to watch TFiOS soon. Too bad it isn't out in my country yet. :(

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    1. I think most countries have an edition, hell most towns probably do too lol. It's crazy how many different covers there are!

      Ohhh when does it come out in Malaysia? I saw it last week and it was really good. You'll love it :)

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  5. OH wow it is always cool to see how different countries interpret the cover art differently. I do like the China one.

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    1. Yeah, it is actually really interesting to see what trends are going on in other countries! Apparently, headless models are big in Lithuania ;)

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  6. I think I like Malaysia or China the best, though the US cover is close. I love that one, but I do tend to favor the minimalist covers. And I kind of detest movie tie-in versions. =)

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    1. Minimalist covers are my favourite too, because they tell you so much more about a story than models can. Plus they're way more eye-catching!

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  7. I do really like the US cover and that Croatian one. This was a great post!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. I just love the subtle detail of Croatia. It's so quirky!

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  8. Dear Lithuania Publishing Companies,

    I'm here to inquire you about your cover for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. As a reader, I find it highly inaccurate as TFiOS is a book about cancer. The book clearly states that our main character, Hazel, has lost her hair to chemotherapy, and cover where the model's hair is present is inaccurate to the book.

    (If you want to fire your cover designer and hire a new one, I'd be willing to take the place. I'll send you an email with my resume attached.)

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

    Sincerely,
    Zoe N.

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    1. Ehem...anyhow...I think I'm going for the Chinese cover. I really like it, and it's simplistic, yet powerful, and it follows the book. :) BUT I do love the US, Malaysian, and Croatian covers.

      * Italy --> I don't even really know how to respond to that cover... What exactly is the purpose of the sequins?
      * Denmark --> The Fault in Our Bubbles by John Green....
      * The Netherlands ---> Why exactly is Green's name cut off and then pasted on the other side???
      * Indonesia --> The Fault in Our Stars Jr...coming to a bookstore near you January 5th, 2015!
      * Hungary ---> Really, no comment on that one...I honestly don't think I can say anything better than you already did! ;)

      Thanks for sharing Allie! <333 I love your assessments of each of the covers - absolutely spot-on!

      P.S. Both of these comments consist of sarcasm, and I hope no one takes them the wrong way! I understand the hard work that goes into making each and every one of these covers! ;)

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    2. LOL, Zoe! If they don't hire you after that letter, then there is no justice in the world. NONE ;)

      And yeah . . . Hungary must be bathed! I'm going to get some bubble bath, you go fill up the tub!

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  9. I like most of the covers you did. Croatia, Malaysia, and China are definitely some of my favorites. I like the U.S. cover too. I'm not big on having actual people on the cover, so it's cool most countries didn't do this.

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    1. I prefer when the different countries try to do something more artsy and unique than just have model shots. Because then we get to see their own funky interpretation of the story :D

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  10. I love the colors of the Italian one! I also like how similar the Malaysian one is to ours. My favorite one has to be the Chinese cover. I love colors, stars, font and just everything about it really. However, I can't pick any over the US cover, the one that I've grown to love and relate the book to. Also that blue.
    As far as movie tie-in covers go, this is my absolute favorite. I typically don't like them, but this one is simple and fitting. I also like how they stayed with the font and colors of the original cover.

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    1. I liked the China one to! It was very simplistic and I loved the faded blues and the serene feeling it had.


      And yeah, the movie tie-in is great in that way, where it stays loyal to the original with the fonts and stuff. But my anti-model self just can't get behind book covers with people on them. But, like I said, it's an AWESOME movie poster

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  11. For me, my favourite has to be the German cover. I love how simple and clean it is. I don't like a lot on a cover, and I love the city design too. I guess we have different tastes ;)

    -P.E.

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    1. Different strokes for different folks! :D I agree on not liking loads of stuff going on though - I like my covers simple and attention-drawing too

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  12. Thankfully the Dutch publishers changed the cover to the original one but with the Dutch text and all. So I'm really, REALLY happy with that. Because I really hated this one. It's so ugly. Ujdhgkahgajskdga. UGH. I did read it though and I like the translation. The German cover will always be one of my favorites. I love the Chinese, Malaysian, Croatian and Portugese as well. The others are just a bit nah to me.

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    1. Oooh did they? I must've missed the new one! What's it like?

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  13. I like the original too, but I also really like the Malaysian and Croatian covers - this is one book with SO many versions, wow!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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    1. It kind of shocked me when I saw just how many there were! I think there are a few I didn't actually do, because it was just TOO MUCH lol. My fingers would've fallen off

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  14. Haha those Indonesian cover, I know right? I was literally rolling my eyes on it when I saw them on my local bookstore. It looks like book for 5 y.o, EUH -_-
    I actually really loves the Chinese version of the cover! (Although I bet I wouldn't even understand of what the hell was written there) but it's super pretty! And agree with you on the movie tie-in! They usually looks cheesy and all but TFiOS's version of movie tie-in is all FEELS.

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

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    1. I don't get the thought process in making that cover. 'This is a book about kids and cancer and FEELS. Let's make it look like a children's book about sunshine' . . . WHA?!

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  15. Wow this is pretty cool how you have compared all of the covers Allie! I liked the Malaysia one with the little star detail, that was actually quite neat! I'm actually not a fan of the tattoo and grenade cover, that one made me think of bikies and not something I would want to read. I actually love the Poland one, that artwork is really nice.

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    1. Agreed on Poland! I love the painting effect, it's a really unique and almost haunting portrait :)

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  16. As a pretty-cover aficionado, I adore this feature! I agree with you on almost every one of these covers, especially the Indonesian one - just by looking at the cover, you would think it was a children's book! Croatia's is so pretty, and I like China's as well - the hand-drawn effect really pulls me in.

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    1. Ahh, a fellow cover addict! Welcome, welcome! Have some tea and biscuits!

      The Indonesian one was just crazy. I wonder if they even read the book? Maybe they just saw the title and assumed it was about twinkly stars and chocolate ;)

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  17. My favourites are the Polish, Croatian and Chinese covers. The Indonesian cover is actually terrible

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    1. Everyone really seems to be liking the painting-type art of the Poland cover!

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  18. Lol @ your comment on the Italian cover haha. I actually like the German one. It's adorable imo ;) I love the China one! Definitely a perfect touch on simple, yep! I don't like anything else in this row though =/ I don't get the Lithuanian one either :( The Malasian is totally adorable! Sweden.. it reminds me a little too much of Just One Year by Gayle Forman O.o Don't ask why, you probably won't see the difference >.< I'm just weird like that right now. The lonely wolf who sees something that isn't there. Croatia is freaking awesome! I love how different it is. As for the tie-in.. um. It's adorbs, but I'm reminded of my random dislike for Shailene so nope. I'd pick the Malasian or Croatian myself so I very much approve of your choice, lovely! ;)

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    1. I was channelling my mother a bit with that Italian comment. Am I becoming her? AHHH SCARY THOUGHT ;)
      I know, isn't the Croatia one amazing? It's such a unique cover and has great little details, like the mini star map and OHHHH I love it so much Siiri!

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  19. Totally with you on the Croatian cover but I also really love the Chinese cover too. The one from the Netherlands reminds me of the Will Grayson covers! Xx

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    1. I'll have to GR the Willy Grayson ones as I can't remember them! Will Grayson & Looking for Alaska are the two John Green books yet to have a place on my bookshelf

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  20. The American cover was actually the reason I wanted to read this book in the first place. That was waaaay back when I wasn't a blogger and when TFiOS was lesser known and I think that says a lot about how much I love that cover, if I wanted to pick it up even without looking at the synopsis. I think the Malaysian one is really, really, really pretty too though. I actually wish they would release the book with that same cover in English! It's so lovely!

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  21. I like the Malaysian one and the Movie Tie in Edition! I would actually buy the movie tie in... It's freaking Hazel & Gus :O

    My least favourite cover is the Lithuanian one. It looks like they used a stock image for the cover. Like one of my mom's paperbacks. Ugh.

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    1. The Lithuanian one genuinely is awful. It's like no thought went into it at all, which is a shame and just makes me think they were kind of lazy

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  22. I think I like Malaysia the best, with Croatia a close second. I do like the US cover, but I really, really love the other two! If I knew those languages (or maybe had all the money to spend on books I couldn't actually read!) I would totally buy them.

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    1. Yeah, I'd love to buy foreign editions too! If only I could read them lol :/ Alas, I have no space on my shelves for books I can't read. I'm already having to buy more bookcases as it is!

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  23. I definitely can't agree with the Croatian one. I think it's the crayon font.

    Damn childhood gets me every time.

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    1. Damn that nostalgia, it makes us weak! ;)

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  24. I didn't realize people didn't like the original one that you own! That cover is the whole reason why I bought that book. I loved the bold colors and how playful it looks. I mean, not that I necessarily think it fits the book, now that I look at it, but still. I almost feel like none of them really make me think of the book and its content in a way that I'd want. So I say keep with the cartoony ones! Either the on you have or Malaysia for the win! :P

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    1. Yeah, there was so much backlash when it come out, that John Green's wife actually wrote a post about it on tumblr explaining why the cover was so good and why people should love it! It was kind of crazy that people were so against it

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  25. Like most people, I have to say that I love the Malaysian one! But I do love the one you picked as well. They're just all so gorgeous!

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    1. The Malaysian one is great; it stays loyal to the original but also manages to put its own creative spin on it. Which is nice because you can tell a lot of thought went into it, unlike some other covers *cough* Lithuania *cough*

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  26. OMG I'm a Malaysian but I never see/find that cover in our bookstores! (or I didn't search hard enough :P). It's gorgeous!! I'm actually dying to get my hands on the movie tie in edition though!

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    1. Ohhhh, what one do you have? Did I get the wrong Malaysian one! Goodreads is notoriously unreliable for providing me with good geography. Dammit, GR! :P

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  27. Gosh, this was an absolutely excellent post! I really enjoyed seeing all the different covers, finding out where they originated and reading your thoughts on each. I really like Germany and Malaysia, but China is definitely my favourite- I just love that so much and would definitely want a copy on my bookshelf. No French edition, though?

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    1. Thanks, Romi!! <3

      Everyone is really digging China! Maybe I should've crowned that cover the victor. I think (if I remember right) the French edition was similar to the standard edition, so I didn't include it. Either that or I couldn't find it on GR (entirely possible, as I did start to go blind after looking at the first 50 covers :P)

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