Foreign Cover Friday: The Hunger Games [Re-Posted]

In honor of The Hunger Games movie, I am re-posting this edition of Foreign Cover Friday (which also happens to be the very first one I ever did!), with a few changes. 
You can see the original post here.


This week's featured cover is:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I like the US cover, although I didn't at first. I never would have picked Hunger Games up, if I hadn't met the coolest woman in the aisle of the bookstore who changed my life by talking me into buying it, promising that I would love it, and telling me that the cover made sense for the story but NOT to judge the book by it. She was right on all accounts, and I totally wish I had gotten her name. (Edit: See? I didn't just make that story up for yesterday's post. I've been talking about it for forever.) :)

So what's wrong with this cover? If you've read the book, you'll know that there's nothing wrong with it. The pin on the front, and the shapes around it that look like targeting cross-hairs signify exactly what the book is about. Even the font fits the book. It's a genius cover, really. But if you haven't read it yet, you might be put off by the cover since it looks like a book about highly advanced war...and The Hunger Games is about SO much more than that!

These, on the other hand, are some variations that I would have picked up purely based on the cover (if I were, you know, someone who does that....).

From left to right: 
German cover - title: The Tribute of Panem
Taiwanese cover - title: (No idea)
Russian cover - title: The Hunger Games

I like the face on the German cover. I'm not always a fan of books with faces, but I think the leaves and blood dripping makes it work...even if she has green eyes, instead of grey. The Taiwanese (is that correct?) cover sort of looks like a movie poster to me. I love the trees and sky, and the silhouettes of the girl and boy running. It makes me think of action and desperation. That coupled with the title, The Hunger Games, totally would have made me pick it up. The Russian cover looks more like the cover of a fantasy novel to me, but since fantasy is my favorite genre, I would have at least picked it up and browsed the pages.

These three covers are from Italy, another variation from Russia, and Denmark. I'm not going to lie; the Italian cover pretty much scared me when I first saw it. With the title, it makes me think of some cannibalistic girl playing games with her victims. Not a pretty picture. I love this other Russian cover (the guy makes a good Peeta), but it would never appeal to most of the men I know. It looks too much like the cover of a romance novel. The Denmark cover is interesting, and the translated name is pretty accurate, too. It means Death Game. The cover actually captures the book pretty well, with the girl running through the dark forest with a bow. 

These UK covers are so smart, I could kiss whoever was in charge of their marketing/designing/decision-making. Want to capture the attention of both genders? Just do this! The left cover is geared towards boys, complete with a blurb from Stephen King, and the right cover is geared towards girls, complete with a blurb from Stephenie Meyer. Although I'm sure this isn't the first time something like this has been done, I think they were able to capture the tone of the book, while remaining gender neutral. The only problem I see is that the characters look a little young for Katniss and Peeta.

These last three are from Sweden, Greece, and Japan, all literally translated to mean Hunger Games. My first reaction to the Swedish cover: *ooh, fire. Pretty....* I actually like it, especially since it ties in with the whole "girl who was on fire" thing. The Greek cover has the same feel as the US cover, but is laid out differently.  I like that, especially the outlined letters. It makes it look cool. And not much to say on the Japanese cover, except that I know some people who would seriously appreciate the art.

And as a final note: It was hard to choose just a few covers for this one, because (as I discovered with many popular books of this caliber) the book is available in a lot of countries, and there is one, maybe two or three, different covers for each country. I have collected at least 22 different covers for Hunger Games so far, and that's not counting the Catching Fire and Mockingjay covers. It's safe to say it's a popular book. 

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

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  1. Dang that is a LOT of different covers for The Hunger Games! I haven't even seen half of them before. The Italy one is SUPER creepy. I am definitely not a fan of the Russian one. Definitely too romancey for my tastes. Overall my favorite covers have got to be the new UK "adult" designs they made last fall. They're clean and eye catching and I just love them. :)

  2. I love the German cover and the second cover from Russia. I hate the cover from Japan. I'm glad you have and the Greek cover. The truth is that our cover is not bad but it is very simple but I think these days it will release again with the movie poster as a cover.

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  4. I love the Japanese cover. I am a total geek, and with that comes the love for Anime. Plus, I'm Asian. The Italian cover kinda creeped me out too. I would not read that book. I do like the cover of our Hunger Games. It like the simplicity of it.

  5. The cover of our edition that I read looks exactly the same as the US one, so it was great to discover some of the other covers through your post! I just love the British ones, even though I also think the characters there look to young. But it's the very first time I see such idea of having two different covers, directed at boys and girls, and it's a fabulous idea! These are my favourite, right after the original covers. And I also really like the Taiwanese one - it's really mysterious and has got a mockingjay pin/sign which now is the inseparable part of the books for me.

  6. I would have to stick with the US one as my favorite, but my second favorite is the Greece one. The Russian one looks more like a graphic novel than a regular one. And is it just me or does the German cover remind you of Untraceable by S.R. Johannes?

  7. The Italian cover reminds me of the poster from Revenge of the Sith with Anakin (Hayden Christiansen) looking out with yellow eyes to show his transformation to Darth Vader. It's different enough that they're both their own, but it still reminds me of it.

  8. The Russian is cool but I LOVE the German one.

  9. I love the Taiwanese cover! The actual Games going on in the background in silhouette and then the big Mockingjay pin in colour looks awesome! Great use of contrast! Plus the title looks pretty cool in Mandarin characters( I think it's Mandarin I looked it up and they speak mainly Mandarin in Taiwan so I'm just assuming it is) Anyway, I like the Italian cover, the fire in her eyes is cool but I think the leaves and the leaves makes her look really sinister which she isn't but it's still a pretty good cover, love the writing. Reading your description about it though makes me actually want to read a book about a cannibalistic girl who does play games with her victims, is that creepy? :/ Anway, I also really like the Denmark cover, definitely conveys the content of the book, and I love how the title means 'Death Game' but I wish it the drwaings looked a bit more...'sharper', I guess. And I totally love the UK cover but I wish we had the Peeta version in Australia cause we've only got the cover with Katniss on it. If I knew all the languages of these covers though, I totally would buy each and every cover! :D

  10. I also didn't originally like The Hunger Games cover, but after reading it, I do appreciate it more. However, I *really* like the Swedish version! & I was like "oh... my" when I saw the Russian cover, haha!


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