8.19.2011

Foreign Cover Friday: Plain Truth



Foreign Cover Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me (The Reading Fever), where foreign covers of the books we know and love are spotlighted and discussed. To join, either pick your favorite foreign cover, or pick many foreign covers, and start discussing! 


This week's featured cover is:



There happen to be at least ten different US covers of this book. I didn't include them all (most of them are variations of the middle one, anyway) I chose these three. The left cover is the one for the original hardcover. The middle is a paperback variation--the one I read--and the right cover is another paperback variation.
I'm going to be honest and say that the only reason I ever picked this book up was because of the cover; the one in the middle. At the time, I was really into simple living and had started to acquire a taste for simple dresses like this one. So yes, I was sold by the dress on the cover (and the gorgeous shade of the blue stripe on the bottom). But it ended up being a great book, so judging the book by the cover worked for me this time. :)

Now let's see the rest!


From what I can tell, this cover on the left is the original French cover, followed by a newer version, and then the French mass market paperback is on the right.

These covers look a little plain to me, with the exception of the mass market paperback; that one has a pretty picture, but nothing screams out at me to pick it up.

Translation: Plain Truth


Covers: Australian hardcover, Australian paperback, and Australian YA edition.

I like all three of these covers, especially the middle one. You can tell the book is about an Amish community just by the photo, and the pink color of the name is pretty against the white background.


Covers: German hardcover, German paperback, and alternate German paperback.

The only cover I don't like out of these is the middle cover. I just do not like it at all. It reminds me of some kind of textbook for some reason. I really like the cover on the right; the photo looking through the fence to the buggy with the dark sky behind it looks a little sinister, but it works for me.

Translation: The Only Truth


Covers: UK paperback and Kindle cover, and UK hardcover.

I LOVE this paperback cover. I love the angle over her shoulder that focuses on the baby shoes. The hardcover is is interesting as well, although I'm not sure I would pick it up just based on the cover.


Covers: Finnish, Indonesian, Polish.

I like all of these, especially the two on the right. The pretty pinks of the sky in the center cover would definitely catch my eye; I'm pathetically weak when it comes to color on covers. I would pick the cover on the right up and read the back, simply because--coupled with the title--it looks like a novel about child abduction. I'm not a huge fan, but it always worries me, so I always read the descriptions about those types of books.

Finnish translation: Plain Truth
Indonesian translation: Simple Truth
Polish translation: Witness to the Truth


What are your thoughts? 
Which covers do you like? Which do you hate?


Thanks for joining me for Foreign Cover Friday! 
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7 comments:

  1. I think I like the Indonesian one. Great ones!

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  2. None of these covers really appeal to me - it's not a book I'd ever read - except the Indonesian cover and that's only because it's got my favourite colour purple in it.

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  3. That is so weird how they are SO different this time. Normally they're just variations on the same theme, but these are all so individual!

    The Australian one? Looks like a "Stop Child Abuse" poster or something.

    I also find it interesting that half of the covers with girls' faces on them half bonnets and half don't. Without the bonnet, I would never guess that this is a Amish story and would probably be caught off guard.

    Good post- I think this has been one of the most interesting FCFs yet!

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  4. I really like most of these covers. It is hard to pick a favorite. I think I would go with the Australian covers for my favorite.

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  6. The two that caught my attention the most were the Australian hardcover and the UK paperback editions. To me, those not only catch my eye, but also hint to me what the story is about, which none of the other covers do. That's kinda my pet peeve of covers, where they focus only on aesthetics and not on the story at all.


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  7. It's strange how I can look at all of these and know the UK ones without even looking, so strange. I guess it's because of the just sort of covers we have and I know Jodi has over here.
    I don't love any of these.
    If I had to choose it would be the middle US without the coloured background for the text (makes it look like an old fashioned book)

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