Cover VS Cover is a new feature I came up with because cover memes are so much fun, and I've recently become fascinated with the differences between US/UK, new/old book covers. This week we're looking at international covers for the ever-popular, ever-awesome Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, of which there are a ton. I've tried to dig up as many covers as I could find-- if you know of any I'm missing, just drop me a comment and be sure to tell me what you think.
I've always liked the US covers. They have a very wide appeal and are undeniably cool.
The German (the series is called Die Tribute von Panem there) covers are arguably some of the most unique. They are very eye-catching, and I love the brilliantly sharp colors of the leaves and eyes.
UK/ Australia/ New Zealand
The UK covers might actually be my favorites. The logos on the latter two books are beyond cool. There is also an alternate UK edition of the first book with Katniss featured instead of Peeta.
Chinese covers tend to look like movie posters. These are no exception. I especially love the cover of the Hunger Games, what with the really vibrant gold. Chinese Catching Fire reminds me of a Jurassic Park movie poster, what with the pterodactyl-like mockingjay and the outline of the jungle. :)
I'm not a fan of the Swedish covers, not at all. I mean, that's basically the same shot of the girl three times, just transposed onto a slightly different background. I don't get the expression, and I don't get the spinning cube. Maybe it's supposed to look like a network TV logo... any thoughts?
Not sure if the other two books have been released yet-- couldn't find them anywhere. This cover is sort of eerie, but not very 'Katniss', I don't think. But hey, it's more fitting than the Swedish ones.
The Hunger Games has officially gone manga! I'd love to own this edition (what do you mean, language barrier?) Yeah, this cover is a little dramatic and doesn't quite capture the real feel of the book, but it's definitely fun.
Not loving it, though I suspect this one is right up some certain Team Peeta people's ally. ;) I think it's just a little too like the cover of a romance novel, without the universal appeal of many of the other covers. Though the pose of the two models is perfect.
Whew. So, in summary, we have 17 different covers from 8 different countries. (So far. As usual, I'm sure there are plenty of covers that I've yet to find.) I'm going to pick a favorite and I think it's going to have to be the UK set. So what do you guys think? Which country's design team has captured the feel of the series just so perfectly... and which haven't so much? If you know of any other Hunger Games covers I've missed, just let me know!