Friday Faceoff – I’ll take the high road and you take the low road… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceofflandscapecovers


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 being nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and this week we are looking at covers featuring LANDSCAPES WE’D LIKE TO VISIT. My father was a Scot and I’ve always wanted to visit the Scottish Highlands, so I’ve selected Dragonfly in Amber – Book 2 of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

Portuguese edition – 1, May 2016

This Portuguese edition was produced by Nemira in May 2016, and shows the wonderful Scottish landscape stretching out behind Jamie Fraser – who is also somewhat easy on the eye… I love the quality of the light suffusing the backdrop, with the sun low in the sky seeming to explode across the mountaintops, also throwing the character into a partial silhouette. It’s nicely done and this one is my favourite.

Arrow Books – 1, March 1994

Published in March 1994 by Arrow Books, this offering also features the distant mountains and the edge of a loch – this time with Brianna as the main character. But then they plonk a grey textbox right across the middle of the vista and wreck the mood and feel of the cover. What a shame – this could have been a contender, otherwise.

Arrow Books -2, March 1004

Also produced in March 1994 by Arrow Books, this offering is far more successful. I love the sweeping vista of the Scottish landscape, with the small figures giving a sense of the epic scale of their surroundings. This one is so very nearly my favourite – my niggle is that the colour is too hectic for my taste and I find it offputting.

Portuguese edition – 2, November 2014

This is another classy effort by a Portuguese publisher, produced by Saída de Emergência in November 2014. It is a variation on the first cover – and the deciding factor for me, is that I prefer the position and body language of Jamie on the first cover. I think this one looks a bit posed – but I’m aware that’s a personal niggle and I still think it’s a fine offering. It certainly makes me want to be there, roaming around the Scottish hills…

Spanish edition, 1995

This Spanish edition, published by Salamandra in 1995, features a castle stronghold – though the fortifications on top of the mountain are largely hidden behind the author font. It is certainly a dramatic rendering of the Scottish landscape, reminding me of the 19th century paintings of Scotland that became so fashionable – and aptly captures the historical tone of the book. However, I don’t like the positioning or styling of the title and author fonts. Which is your favourite, and have you ever visited the Scottish Highlands?

31 responses »

  1. I like the second Arrow Books edition. The color doesn’t bother me, it feels more like a gorgeous sunset, and the size of the author’s name just screams 90s paperbacks, doesn’t it?😁

  2. I like both the first and the fourth cover – probably because they are similar and much closer to the true sweeping vistas of the Scottish Highlands, which I was lucky enough to visit briefly in 1982 (ages ago!!!) and hope to be able to visit again one of these days…. 🙂

  3. What a fantastic choice this week. I love your choice and the Portuguese cover too but having visited the Highlands they don’t come close to portraying the breathtaking beauty of the place. I hope you get a chance to visit – it’s well worth while.
    Lynn 😀

    • Thank you, Lynn:)). It’s one of those things I’ve always promised myself that I’d do – literally visit the Land of my Fathers – but once I’m better, it’s going to go flying up my To Do list, that’s for sure! Thank you for your endorsement.

    • Thank you, Rae:). I have halted my Netflix binge, opting to go for reading the books, instead (though I haven’t got around to do that either!). But I’m looking forward to getting back into them sometime in the future:)).

    • Thank you, Becky:). That’s the deal we’re dealt with according to where we live, isn’t it? There are lots of places in the US that I’d love to see for real – rather than on generations of series and films – but will never get there, either!

  4. Ooh, the Scottish highlands! I’ve actually visited, when I was in my late teens or early 20s – i.e. a long time ago! Beautiful. And I’m glad some of these covers capture that beauty. I would actually go with the last one as my favorite, though like you I thought the text is awfully placed, and the colors also looked too washed out. Otherwise, I think it’s lovely!

    • Yes, I know they’re lovely – my father used to go into raptures about them, though didn’t want to live in Scotland because of the weather! So one of these days, when I’m better, I want to visit:)).

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