Friday Face-Off: Movie Tie-In
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:
~ a cover that is a MOVIE TIE-IN
The 5th Wave tells the story of an alien invasion, happening over a period of time in a series of planned attacks called “waves”. The 1st wave was an electromagnetic pulse-like burst that knocked out electricity and almost everything that runs on power. The 2nd wave wiped out all cities on the world’s coastlines. The 3rd wave was a plague that decimated the human population. The 4th wave made those still alive mistrust and turn on each other. Cassie is one of the few lucky (unlucky?) survivors, believing that striking out alone is the only way to stay alive. Those that are left now prepare for the worst, because they know “the Others” aren’t done with humans yet, and a 5th wave is on the horizon.
I confess, I never watched the movie, so I can’t really tell you whether or not it was a good adaptation. To tell the truth, I thought the book was okay but I didn’t actually love it enough to continue the series, so I’m not feeling in any rush either way. Still, let’s move on and take a look at the covers:
From left to right:
G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR (2013) – Speak (2015) – Penguin UK (2010)
German Edition (2016) – Finnish Edition (2013) – Polish Edition (2013)
Indonesian Edition (2013) – Chinese Edition (2015) – Vietnamese Edition (2016)
Georgian Edition (2015) – Estonian Edition (2014) – Lithuanian Edition (2014)
A big reason I chose The 5th Wave to feature this week is the surprising number of movie tie-in covers it has, and surprisingly, they’re all pretty good! Most of the time, we just see the same movie poster used over and over. But although it’s tempting for me to go with a version that features a person on it, in fact I think the most dramatic cover is one that doesn’t. I’m going to have to pick the Chinese edition this week because it just screams “Oh shit.”
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?