Foreign Cover Friday is a weekly feature on The Reading Fever, where I spotlight foreign covers of the books we know and love. Want to know how it got started? Read this post.
This week's featured cover is:
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
When it comes to this book, I really like the US cover. I think the entire series has beautiful covers. In fact, the cover and title are what had me picking this book up in the first place. First of all, the title is compelling, and the picture is eye-catching. After I had read the back cover, I knew it was for me. I do admit that it looks somewhat like a gothic romance novel though, which is the main reason I hear for people not wanting to give it a try. (I can assure you, it's not...read the description!) Let's see what other versions there are out there:
These two aren't very different from the US covers, except in title. The one on the left is the Italian cover, with a translation of: A Great and Terrible Beauty, and the one on the right is the Spanish cover, with a translation of: The order of the Academy of Spence.
Here we have (from left to right), the Australian and Romanian covers. I like the layouts of both covers (especially the muted colors on the Romanian cover), although neither girl fits my vision of the main character. I think the Romanian cover is my favorite of the foreign covers, although I'm not too sure about the title. Its translation wasn't exactly forthcoming when I tried to figure it out, but I think it is something like: Gemma's Secret Visions.
I really like this Dutch cover (on the left). The circle of girls with unfocused heads, looking as if they are hiding something. It goes with the book pretty well. Even the title is fitting, which translates into Terrible Beauty.
I have to admit that I'm not really digging this French cover (right). The title translates into Witches of Spence, and the cover doesn't really go along with the book either. Makes me wonder how much of the book is lost in translation. I've always wished I could speak/read another language for this exact reason. I would love to see how well books translate into other languages, and what meanings are changed/unchanged. It would be very interesting.
What are your thoughts?
Which cover do you like? Which do you hate?
How do you think they compare with the US cover?
Thanks for joining me for Foreign cover Friday!