Friday Faceoff – I spy with my little eye… #Brainfluffbookblog


This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This meme is currently being nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and the subject this week featuring on any of our covers is EYES. I’ve selected The Host by Stephenie Meyer.


This edition was produced by Little, Brown and Company in May 2008. This is the definitive cover you see everywhere. It is surprisingly effective, that single eye staring out with such intensity – with the infamous silver line around the iris that glows eerily on the cover itself. This one is my favourite.


Published in January 2013 by Black Bay Books, this cover misses the whole point, while highlighting the love triangle in the book, which for me was the weakest part of the story. Still, I suppose it depends on whether you read it as a romance with a bit of science fiction thrown in, or an alien invasion with an added love story.


This German edition, published by Ullstein in 2011, features a butterfly. I’m not sure why. It makes for a lovely cover, though. I do feel the title is rather too curly, in fact this whole design makes me think fantasy, rather than science fiction alien invasion.


This Serbian edition, produced by Evro Giunti in 2009, is the failed version of the first cover. For starters, she is wearing far too much mascara and the light in her eye is entirely normal. So… is this our protagonist before the aliens got to her? In which case, why is the eye being specifically featured? I get the sense that they decided to rip off the really popular cover of this bestseller without reading the book, though I’m sure that didn’t happen. Did it?


This Italian edition, published in February 2013 by Rizzoli is a far better effort than the previous offering. The face is far better, though I think the silvering in the eye looks too heavy-handed. I do like the title font, which works well as it glows out of the gloom and stands out well in thumbnail size. This is a close second for me. What do you think? Do you agree with me?

36 responses »

  1. Same books this week – I like your choice, I picked one that’s almost identical but where the nose is almost not shown at all – it gives a real ‘alien’ feel to the cover.
    Lynn 😀

  2. Pingback: Friday Face Off : Eyes wide shut | Books and travelling with Lynn

  3. I have this book on my shelf to read still. I like the variation in covers. I know it doesn’t really match, but I do like the butterfly cover. I hope you have a great weekend, Sarah!

  4. Thanks for the background factoids for the meme. I was wondering what the face off was all about 🙂 The Host is a great choice. I didn’t remember that one and I have it on my real bookshelves TBR.

    • Thank you, Jackie. I’m glad you found my short summary about this meme a help and thank you for taking the time to comment. If you wanted to join in, you’d always be very welcome:). I look forward to hearing what you make of The Host when you get around it it.

  5. I don’t like any cover with the eye. They all make MY eye hurt staring at it. LOL I do like the butterfly simply because it is lovely, but I realize it has nothing to do with the book. I never could get into the Myers genre/series/novels but maybe it is an “age” thing. I did give an A+ to a young woman’s paper who wrote on Team Jacob vs. Team (OH NO! I’ve forgotten the other hunk’s name…was it Edward???) Ha Ha.

  6. To be quite honest, I’m not pulled in by any of these covers, but that’s because I don’t like the plot of this novel. The whole concept of two different people fighting over who gets control of one body….UGH. And then, to top it off, both girls — the human and the alien — are in love with the same guy?! No, no, no!! Not my cup of tea AT ALL.

    I ADORE the Twilight Saga, but I don’t know what Meyer was thinking when she wrote this. And the movie didn’t do well at the box office, either. Yes, there was a love triangle in Twilight, but Edward and Jacob were in their own bodies, so that was fine with me! Lol.

    The only other book of Meyer’s I’ve liked is “The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide”. Her reversed genre version of “Twilight”, titled “Life and Death”, didn’t sit too well with most of us fans.

    TWILIGHT 4 EVAH!!! YAAAASSSS!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thanks for another great cover post, though! You must really DIG to find all of these different cover versions! CHEERS!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you for your comments on this one – I have to say that I was really enjoying The Host – until we got to that love triangle, which just didn’t work AT ALL as far as I was concerned.

      Actually, I let Goodreads do all the heavy lifting regarding various cover versions:)). I only have read the first book in the Twilight series, which I quite enjoyed – but then got sidetracked by other stuff… you know how it is! Thank you for swinging by.x

      • You’re very welcome! 🙂 🙂

        Yes, I had forgotten that Goodreads does provide different editions, with different covers. GREAT WORK, anyway!!

        You’ve only read the first book of The Twilight Saga? Oh, you gotta read the rest!! I think you’ll LOVE them!!

        HUGS!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Thank you for the recommendation, Maria – I’ll try to get to them in due course – but my TBR pile by the side of my bed is threatening the life of my not-so-small grandson right now!

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