Friday Face-Off: A Cover That Annoyed Me

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 ANNOYED YOU and WHY

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

I don’t typically get annoyed with book covers, though sometimes I do scratch my head and think, “Why?” or “What a shame such an amazing book got such a boring, nondescript cover.” Not to knock text-only covers because sometimes they can be very well designed, but for me, they are usually the most disappointing since they almost always fail to say anything valuable about the story or to convey its awesomeness. This was how I felt last year after reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue which I thought was a work of art and a masterpiece. With that said, I guess it’s no surprise that none of the covers I’ve seen for the book have managed to match my expectations.

From left to right:
Tor Books (2020) – Titan Books (2020)

Persian Edition (2021) – French Edition (2021) – German Edition (2021)

 

Bulgarian Edition (2021) – Dutch Edition (2021)

 

Winner:

As hard as I am on text-only covers, I can’t say I’m crazy for the alternatives either. In fact, I think I will go with the Titan edition this week because at least I love the colors and the design.

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

19 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: A Cover That Annoyed Me”

  1. I quite understand your annoyance! That Tor cover, in particular, is downright dreary and doesn’t begin to hint at the fabulous writing and lovely premise. I have rather fallen in love with the Bulgarian cover, though. That ethereal face in blue that is half disappearing gives a nice nod to the story and is beautiful. Thank you for this selection, Mogsy:)).

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  2. Every time I see that Tor Books cover I think it’s the anniversary edition of Catcher in the Rye that I have and it messes with me, to the point that I’ve not even looked twice at the book. Cover designers really need to think their choices through, for sure. Thankfully it has V.E. Schwabb’s name to it, which helps… but I’m definitely on team French/German/Bulgarian/Dutch for this one.

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  3. I wonder if the simpler covers with mostly just text were supposed to represent to the invisibleness of Addie, how no one could remember her face? 🙂

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  4. A good choice, this is such a good book and the covers feel so nondescript. I like the comment above that maybe the lack of anything really stand out maybe is somehow related to Addie’s inability to make an impression?
    That would be an interesting idea but also maybe a strange marketing ploy.
    Lynn 😀

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