Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly feature created by Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much that highlights book covers from around the world. It is now hosted by Lauren at Comma Hangover.
For this prompt, I decided to go with Landline by Rainbow Rowell where Georgie McCool is a TV writer. I don’t think I would want to write for Georgie’s TV show specifically, but I think it would be cool to write for TV.
Now, onto the covers!
I have seen two editions floating around in the United States. The gray version, with the yellow phone, is the hardback edition, and the pink and red edition is the paperback version.
I like the paperback version more. Mostly because of the way that it divides the space with two background colors and the way the phone is displayed in its resting state.
For me, this book is all about the yellow phone! More than the characters, the yellow phone is the star of this book. It’s the vehicle for everything that happens. So, my three favorite covers feature the phone pretty heavily.
The first is the Thai edition. I love the illustrations of the characters and the way the title connects them. The colors aren’t that bad to look at either.
The second book is the Indonesian edition! I like this cover because it has a bit more contrast. It’s not that far from the original in terms of aesthetic, but I like the dark blue with the yellow phone, and I also like the snowflakes. The book takes place around Christmas even though it isn’t a strictly Christmas-y book.
The U.K. edition and it’s the most like the United States paperback version, but I like this illustration. It looks softer to me and I really like the font.
The last one is the French edition! This edition is unlike the others because it contains a photograph. I like it because it still contains the vintage yellow phone, but also has an inviting aesthetic that reminds me a bit of Sarah Dessen.
Least Favorite Covers
My least favorite covers aren’t necessarily bad, but there are little things that turn me off to them, knowing the story like I do.
The first cover is the Polish edition. I am not sure why they’re ensconced in an orange sleeping bag! I like the graphic with the phone and the text, but overall, I just do not know what this is supposed to depict.
I am not a fan of the floating head on the Dutch edition either. The illustration isn’t bad, it’s just that I can’t get over the fact that the woman has no neck. Yes, it features the yellow phone, but a disembodied head? Come on, how did that get past the art department.
The red cover is the German edition. I like the concept of this cover, but I probably would have chosen a different color scheme or made the text a brighter yellow. I like the idea of a long phone cord, but something about the color palette doesn’t jive with me.
The Russian edition reminds me a little too much of the cover of Fangirl! While I am all for publishing houses branding their authors and giving their books an aesthetic so that they look nice on bookshelves, there’s a fine line between keeping an aesthetic and confusing two books by the same author. This comes too close.
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