Foreign Cover Friday: The Night Circus

Quick correction for last week's Beautiful Creatures post: As was so wisely pointed out in the comments, the two different Portuguese language covers are from different countries that both speak Portuguese: Portugal, and Brazil. Thanks so much Mafi, for the correction!
Do I now look like the most uneducated American for not realizing that, or what? *Blushes*

Also, I finished reading The Adoration of Jenna Fox (loved it!), and I finally understand the reason for all the butterflies on the covers, and even the Italian edition cover that I thought was so ugly. 

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:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
US cover
One of the things I like the most about this cover is that it doesn't feature a face or the hair of any human being. It shows a hand, but even that is trumped by the other objects in the photo. The title is alluring, the strange little circus draws your eye, and the stark contrast between the black, white, and red, keeps my attention for much longer than I mean to let it...every. single. time.
I really love this cover.

Canadian cover
Pretty much the same as above, except for the subtle change in color across the background at the top. I thought it was a fluke of the file I had found at first, but I went to the publisher's site and the cover shown there is the same. It looks more like a night sky this way.

ARC cover (I think)
The only thing I can gather from this cover, is that it was either the working cover used for the ARC, or that it was going to be the cover, until it was changed at the last moment. Either way, it isn't being used any more. This is actually the first cover I ever saw for this book, earlier in the year. It wasn't until later that I saw the current US cover. This one is hard to find on the internet now, but I was able to find a few sites that still had a picture of it. I like it a lot; the way the swirls make a heart at the top, and the border around the edge. I would have been happy if this had been the final cover. But after having seen the current US & Canadian covers, I prefer the "less is more" quality they have.

UK cover
Ah, the appeal of a lady in a pretty dress. I like this because the girl is a silhouette, and so is the guy. The stars around the title are cute, too. It's definitely not my favorite, though.

Dutch cover
Last, but not least. This is the first cover to break the B&W color scheme. It reminds me of a movie poster I've seen, but I can't remember which one it was. I like that it uses the same general title (with those swirls I love so much) as the other covers, but that it uses an actual photo. I'm intrigued by the fact that we can't see the man's face. This is a cover that works very well for me. I would definitely pick it up in a store.

Translation: The Night Circus

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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  1. I like all of them with the exception of the Dutch cover.

  2. The Dutch cover is very alluring. It reminds me of a few different films, mostly The Illusionist, which I think is appropriate because I think this book is about magicians as well. But I think my favourite cover is the UK cover.

  3. This book is still fairly new so I'd love to see what other foreign editions pop up eventually. I do like the Dutch cover, even if it strays from the black white and red color scheme.

  4. Alexis: Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Lissa: I Illusionist! That's the exact movie I was thinking of. No wonder it looked so familiar.

    Cialina: I'm curious to see what other covers there will be, as well. I'll have to do an updated version when they have some more covers!

  5. I first saw the UK cover on Misty's vlog on Bookaholic's Book Club, and fell in love! If I remember correctly, the pages are edged in black also.

    I love that cover so much I actually decided I'm going to get the UK edition of the book from Book Depository once it's available again. XD

  6. Oh wow! I love this feature. I think it's fun to check out covers from different parts of the world. I like how all of these covers kind of match, that's not always the case.

  7. Tie between US and UK for me. Leaning on the UK of course since I adore silhouettes.

  8. I kind of like the Dutch cover the most--the other ones are more on the "cutest" side, but the Dutch cover really gives you that feel of the supernatural and of real darkness lying beyond the tent flap.


  9. This book is one of the most well written books I have ever read. The twist and turns, and how it captivates you to want more. To be able to enjoy the mystery of the circus is what I wish could be a reality. An excellent read!
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