Friday Faceoff – Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady…


This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is the one we prefer. This week the theme is hearts, so I’ve chosen Heartless by Marissa Meyer.


This cover, produced by Feiwel & Friends in November 2016, is the hardcover version. I like the black and red combination, which runs through a number of the covers for this book. It accurately represents the tone of the book, which is a rather sad retelling of how the Queen of Hearts becomes quite so dreadful.


This offering was produced by Macmillan Children’s Books in February 2017. I really love this one. The portrait of the shy young girl is nicely depicted and I also very much like the title font and the strapline which gives effective information without too much cluttering. This one is my favourite.


This is another cover from Macmillan Children’s Books which was published in November 2016. This one is also enjoyable – even more so for its effective simplicity – a lipsticked heart across the mouth. I really like this one.


Produced in November 2016 by Blossom Books, this Dutch edition goes back to the original hardback cover for its inspiration. I prefer this tree, though with all the intriguing details and lovely artwork.


This Polish edition, published in June 2017 by Papierowy Księżyc, again gives more than a nod to the original red and black design. The heart shape in this one comes more from the twining rose stems, complete with thorns. Which one is your favourite?

32 responses »

  1. These al seem like nice covers. I like the first one with it’s simple style and it’s neat how the second one adds a face to it The dutch cover for this one also is well done, although it bugs me a bit how the tree isn’t fully in the center and the title is a bit harder to read. I personally am not a fan of the third one, but it is nice how they still got that heart woven in the cover, but I think I prefer the covers with the black white and red colors only.

  2. I really love all of those! I’m not sure I could choose. Especially because they all keep the theme so well. But I think the one that engages you most is the one with the lips – we’re attracted to anything that has a face, really.

  3. I like the first and third one. The first one is cool with the red vines with thorns on a black background with the crown. Really dramatic. But I also like the simplicity of the red heart lipstick over the lips. Very clever.

  4. Wow! these…these are all really good! I can see the tone shift there, though, with the lips and the cover with the girl, like these are meant to appeal to younger readers, while the thorns are an easy draw for adults (and won’t embarrass them with a “childish” cover). Terrific share, Friend!

  5. I LOVE the first two designs. Nice colors, interesting concepts. The photo-based one left me lukewarm – it’s not bad, nice and clean, just doesn’t seem to have much personality.
    As for the two foreign editions, they seem like student’s attempts to copy the master: going in the right direction, but showing much room for improvement.

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