Friday Face-Off: Heart
Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.
This week’s theme is:
“Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady”
~ a cover featuring a HEART
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
I wanted to challenge myself this week by choosing something that’s unexpected, and this was a book I read a while ago which I haven’t thought about for a long time, but only came back to me recently as I was scouring through my shelves trying to come up with ideas for this topic. At its heart (haha), Warm Bodies is a “zombie book”, but it’s also definitely not your typical post-apocalyptic survivalist horror story involving gory encounters with the savage, brain-eating hordes. On the surface, the zombies here appear to of the usual shambling, moaning and in various-stages-of-decay variety, but dig deeper and you will find that they are able to maintain a semblance of a structured society. Communication between them is just good enough to allow things like organized hunts or a rudimentary class system, and zombie couples even have wedding ceremonies and are given zombie children to teach and raise.
The book also gives a plausible reason as to why zombies like eating human brains, explaining that it gives them a cerebral high while letting them relive the memories and experience the emotions of their victims. It is in this way that R, our zombie protagonist and narrator, becomes fixated with Julia, a girl he encounters on a routine hunt after killing her boyfriend and chowing down on his grey matter. And the rest, as they say, is history. “Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady” indeed.
And now, time to look at the covers:
First row, from left to right: Random House Vintage UK (2011) – Atria (2011) – Spanish Edition (2011)
German Edition (2013) – Vintage (2013) – Turkish Edition (2011) – Italian Edition (2011)
I’m not in love with any of these, to be honest. But since I dislike the movie-edition covers, that helps narrows down my choice of winner. I’m going to have to go with the Spanish edition, which was also the cover that inspired me to use this book for today’s topic in the first place. It drew my eye, not to mention the fact that it brings to light the not-so-hidden “Romeo & Juliet” allusion.
What do you think? Which one is your favorite?