Friday Face-Off: Sorrow

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:

~ any cover that makes you SAD

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan

When I saw the topic for this week, my mind immediately went to the Roc cover of The Drowning Girl, whose subject matter and colors have always gives me a deep sense of melancholy. When I looked to see if the novel had any other editions, I was delighted to find more than fit the theme. Let’s take a look at them now:

From left to right:
Roc (2012) – German Edition (2019) – Polish Edition (2014)

Spanish Edition (2014) – Portuguese Edition A (2014) – Portuguese Edition B (2015)

Turkish Edition (2014) – French Edition (2014) – Romanian Edition (2015)



Covers like the Portuguese editions just make want to shout at publishers PLEASE STOP PUTTING YOUR FUGLY STICKERS ON YOUR MARKETING IMAGES! I’m not a huge fan of any of the ones for this week in any case, all the images of drowning girls are too disturbing. If I had to choose, I guess my pick would be the German edition because at least in that one the woman looks peaceful.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

26 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Sorrow”

  1. Oh I heartily echo your rant – those nasty red blobs just wreck any kind of mood the cover was going for! You’re right about these cover being sad… My favourite is the Roc 2012 edition, which is sad and creepy all at once. A great choice of book – this particular theme this week has thrown up some really interesting selections:))


  2. I agree about the stickers. I like the Roc one as well as the Turkish one. I read this book some time ago on impulse when I saw it at my library. I remember liking it quite a bit and recall it being somewhat haunting.


  3. I also struggled with this topic – sometimes I could kick myself! But I love your choice and in fact your favourite, it’s the one that really stuck for me when I did my initial scroll down. I’m also attracted to the Turkish edition because of the colours.
    Lynn 😀


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