Friday, July 30, 2010

Different covers for The Postcard Killers

The James Patterson, Liza Marklund collaboration, tr Neil Smith will be published soon in the US. The UK edition is out in September. I thought it might be interesting to see the different approaches taken by the different countries, in particular US and Sweden given the relative fames of the two writers. I rather like the Danish cover.

US/UK-----------------------------------------Swedish (Norwegian & Finnish are very similar)







Danish---------------------------------------------------German






Dutch-----------------------------------------------Italian

8 comments:

Dorte H said...

I think the Danish and German covers are good, the others do not appeal to me at all.

Bernadette in Australia said...

The German is my favourite, but they've all got one glaring thing wrong with them - JP's name

kathy d. said...

I agree on Danish and German covers. I liked the Swedish one until I realized I couldn't read the book's title on it. But the Danish and German covers are interesting.

I also second the motion about JP's name. I would only read a book by him if I were on a desert island, desperate for reading material, and a book by him was there.

Bernadette in Australia said...

LOL @ Kathy d - I bet there would be a JP book on that island - there's at least one on every other inch of the planet :)

Donna said...

Could the writing on the US/UK one be any bigger? And the Swedish one has the authors names huge and the title so teeny tiny that you could miss it. It looks like the book is called Liza Marklund. I like the colours of the Danish one but it looks like a romance novel. The German one I really don't like (a gut feeling, but I think it's the little fishing boat in the foreground (hmmmmm, did I fall out of a similar boat at the age of 2, hit my head and have had an aversion to them ever since?)). The Dutch one looks like it should be called The Girl With A Sheet Wrapped Around Her. I think I'm going to have to go for the Italian one. I have no idea what the book's about but I like the colours and there are postcards on the front so that does seem to tie in with the name of the book. None of the covers would really tempt me though.

Maxine said...

Yes, the US and UK covers seem to be constrained by the design of the JP Brand- agree with Donna about the title of the book- with my eyesight I can't even read the title on the UK version.
The Dutch version seems to fit in with the way they have done covers for other books, suggesting sexy romantic fiction (eg Dutch versions of Saskia Noort).

I think I like the Italian best, though the blue on the Danish is nice. Does look a bit like romantic fiction again, though, with that sillhouetted couple.

Maxine said...

PS I think when I wrote about the UK cover's book title, I must have meant Swedish, sorry, my browser is not matching up the country to the cover very well. Top right....

kathy d. said...

"The Girl with the Sheet Wrapped Around Her," for the Dutch cover is perfect. Or "The Girl Who Wrapped the Sheet Around Her," or "The Girl Who Wore the Sheet at the Book's Photo Shoot."