I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.
US vs. UK vs. AUS: The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Ever since I saw the end papers, I’ve been obsessed with the design in The Dark Days Club. I really do have design lust for that book. It’s gonna probably end up on my bookshelves one of these days, but until then, we can just talk about the covers.
For those who do not know, The Dark Days Club can only be described as a sort of-Buffy and the Vampire Slayer but set during the Regency era (which precedes the Victorian era) and with demons. If you weren’t intrigue before, you better be now!
Let’s break it down.
TYPOGRAPHY: Look at the typography for each cover. I love it, especially since the US and UK cover has similar looking ones and the letters that extend beyond itself. The letters in the US cover seem more embellished with the extensions curling around the title. The UK cover’s lettering looks like a modern version of the US’s. The AUS cover’s typography isn’t the best because the “Dark Days Club” type doesn’t stand out to differentiate from the author’s name and it just doesn’t fit with the type used for “Lady Helen and the.” The typography in the US and UK covers are surely the best.
THE GIRL + THE SCENERY: Anybody else love that the girl in the US cover is wearing all black carrying a parasol in a forest? I know I am. My eyes are drawn to her because the cover is dark in color and she’s standing in the only bright spots. I’m just thinking, “what are you pondering about? What kind of crazy stuff will you be getting yourself into in the forest?”
Not only is the girl in the UK cover, the guy is too. They sure are lookers. (Is it just me or does the guy look kind of like Jamie Dornan?) I am so drawn to the girl’s crossed arm because it says so much about her already. It’s either a defensive shield to block out people she doesn’t trust, or she’s just cold. ;)
In the AUS cover, there’s something unsettling about the way the girl is looking. It’s like she’s telling you, “I’m going through some crazy shit. Don’t mess with.” Ha.
DETAILS: For the US cover, I love that in the background (above the black), there are these pretty patterns that you’d find on a wallpaper (they’re actually the end papers in the book). It’s an added detail that doesn’t make the book look like it’s plain or missing anything or extremely busy. For the UK cover, I love the gold borders that goes around the edges of the book and the gold knife and fan in the corners. For the AUS cover, I love how you can see the details on the dress.
COLORS + VIBE: The colors used give each cover a different vibe. For me, the US cover feels more Gothic because of the darkness; the UK has that fantastical historical yet kind of modern feel to it; and the AUS cover makes me feel like it’s a straight up horror where somebody will be pop out, dripping in blood.
INTERIOR DESIGN: Somebody has to show me what the UK and AUS interior designs look like. I’ve seen the ones for the US cover, and it’s sooo frickin’ gorgeous. It has this gorgeous end papers that I want to line all my books and pottery with. How can you not love that?
Final Verdict: Most likely the US cover because I’ve seen the insides, and I love what I saw.