04/06/2014

How Do the Throne of Glass Covers Measure Up? {The Birdie Battles}



I've been reading a lot about cover differences lately. About how some people (myself included) hunt tirelessly for the best possible cover for a book we're about to buy. Scouring Amazon and the Book Depository, desperate to find that beautiful edition. And when we do . . .



Or, on the other side of things, that heartbreaking moment when we realise the 'super cool' editions aren't available in our country (or just happen to cost a lot more!). 



So with all that in mind, l've decided to create a new feature where I battle various editions of covers VS the ones currently residing on my shelf, to see whether or not I've come out victorious in this endless battle to find my precious cover.






 

My cover 
is pretty awesome. I love the use of an anime type image, rather than a model shot, as it makes Celaena look that much more sinister and daring. This cover just screams out 'murderous assassin' and lets me know I'm in for an epic fantasy.



 
   
   


Now I don't want to come across as cocky here, but I think it's pretty obvious who the clear victor is.

The first cover (Mexico) is a little too bland for my taste. The dark colours and grey shadow make it seem like there should be an 'awaiting picture' sign plastered across the front.

The second cover (Istanbul) reminds me a little of those posters the BBC used to do for a Merlin which is . . . not exactly a good thing. Don't get me wrong, I love Merlin but, come on, that sort of thing just doesn't work for a book cover.

The third cover (Spain) is okay. I like the use of the ice crystals but, in all honestly, it looks a bit fan-made. Like something I'd whip up on paint for a book series I really liked.

The fourth cover (Netherlands) has a really cool electric green background going on. The colours are great and have a sort of magical feel which is quite relevant to the book. That being said, with the girl on the front just looks a little too photoshop-ey and the end feel is kind of bland.

The fifth cover (German) is another one that looks a bit fan-made. I don't think it brings anything exciting to the table and I think it looks very much like a children's book.

The sixth cover (Romanian) is quite similar to the Spanish cover. There's the nice use of ice and I like the reflection; it all looks quite ancient and mystical. But there's just so much black and boring font that, once again, it looks like something I could've done myself.

The fifth cover (US) has a massive face on the cover. WHY?! The model looks nothing like Celaena and the cover itself doesn't tell us anything about the book. It doesn't say 'awesome assassin' or 'mystical land of magic and slavery and bad-assery'. It just looks like every other generic YA book out there.



I'm definitely feeling like a winner here! I'd say that I lucked out with the Throne of Glass cover, and I couldn't be happier.



What cover do you like best? Agree with my win, or think I fixed the game?


21 comments:

  1. I totally think you won the game so YAY FOR ALLIE! I agree with your thoughts, the other covers are just meh compared to the UK ones.

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    1. Exactly! They don't entice me at all. And they certainly don't let me know anything about the story! I need covers with context

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  2. I love the UK cover, but I love mine more. The US paperback ;) I do think that the UK covers are absolutely stunning though and you're still a winner in this round :D

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    1. Is that the one which is basically the same as mine, but looks like it has some sort of shadowy filter on it? If so, yay! I like that one :) Very sinister!

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  3. I love the cover you posted. I have that one, but the US paperback version (the background color just changes, nothing major). You're definitely the winner! :)

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    1. Ahh yes! I didn't include that one because I figured it was basically identical to my copy, minus the darker background, so it seemed a bit pointless since it's obviously equally as awesome :)

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  4. Yes the first cover is most definitely the best. I agree I love he illustrated style of the cover instead of all the others. I HATE real faces on a cover.

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    1. Real faces on covers make me twitch. I hate model shots - they add nothing to the book whatsoever! I don't need a bunch of over-photoshopped faces clinging to my book covers

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  5. I completely agree. Celaena looks so badass in the anime-style cover. Love it!

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    1. Definitely! It really captures how completely kick-ass she is, in a way a model shot just couldn't

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  6. I love that you've taken the bookcover versions idea and added to it to make it your own, such a clever idea, Allie!

    And you definitely are the winner here ;)

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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    1. Thanks, Mands! I had a lot of fun looking around at the different editions and seeing what other countries put together. It was really interesting!

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  7. I really enjoyed this post Allie, you should keep up with these posts they are great! I have that cover too and I think it's awesome, especially since the back shows the back of Celaena as well. I liked how you said some of them are fanmade and don't really capture the book, lol.

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    1. Oooh, I will! Promise :)

      Haha, maybe I was a bit harsh, but it is so true! I hate it when covers are too simplistic, because sometimes it just makes them look lazy. Some text on a black background? Come on!

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  8. I definitely agree that the UK cover wins on this one! She looks like a kick-ass assassin in it! The US one always bothered me, not a fan of the enormous face on covers.

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    1. Yeah, it always bothered me too. It just doesn't fit with the story at all. That's the hardcover though; the US paperback is really similar to the UK one though, so that's a bonus!

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  9. I think I definitely like the one you have and Netherlands the most. I honestly wouldn't be able to decide which one is better lol

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    1. I loved the green on that one! It kind of reminded me of some of the covers for the Under The Never Sky series

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  10. Ugh, I hate the last one with the face on the cover. that was the original US one, right? But now they've updated to just a different version of the UK one? (Copiers!!) I LOVE the UK/AUS the best now. We fiiinally got the best cover! *happy dances* I have to admit, though, when I buy a book, I just buy the cheapest. x)

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    1. Yeah, it's the US hardback! I think the paperback is very similar to the UK, but just darker (maybe they also have the identical version too? I'm not sure!).

      Haha, I always try to find books cheap (because I'm tight :P), but if the cover's ugly I just can't bring myself to buy it. My wages disappear quickly when a pretty cover pops up. I'm like an addict. Is there a book cover equivalent for AA? Like Covers Anonymous or something?

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  11. I wrote a long comment with my thoughts on each cover and then the wifi died and took my comment along with it. D: Anyway, I think my favorite's either the second one or the one you have. The second one's really pretty and edgy, although I wish they'd change the annoying title font. The one you have just screams badass, but I don't like how the background fades from blue to white. And I've never watched Merlin. D:

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