Every week, Danielle (from Danielle’s Book Blog) and Cátia (from TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch) host a feature called Book Traveling Thursdays on Goodreads. They give you a topic each Thursday and you choose a book that you think fits. Then comes the fun part: a cover showdown! You post the original cover, the cover from your country (which I won’t be doing because the books aren’t published here), and then your favorite and least favorite cover from any edition around the world.
This week’s topic is your favorite debut novel. I chose The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood because it was a very clever first novel that definitely defines Atwood’s style. So let’s check the covers out:
This is the first edition from Canada. Although it’s not exactly a pretty cover, I think it goes quite well with the book and the themes. Although I do admit it is a little unsettling!
All new UK editions for Margaret Atwood’s books follow a similar design like tha on the left and I love them! The simplicity, the mix between outlines and pictures, the fonts – I think they are perfect. In this one, the apathetic bride represents perfectly the sentiment of the protagonist. On the right we have the Romanian edition. Between all the fruit you can spot a woman, which I hadn’t really noticed at first glance. It’s very clever and a different, yet spot-on, take on it.
LEAST FAVORITE COVERS
On the left we’ve got the Italian edition, on the center the Czech one, and on the right the one from Russia. The Italian one is creepy, disturbing, and makes no sense. What a weird illustration! The guy on the right is really scary, he looks like a clown-a killer clown. The Czech one is a compilation of weird choices. I mean, the superimposing of the clock and gears and the picture of a naked lady in her kitchen says to me ‘crime’ more than anything else, which is not the case. And finally there’s Russia. It’s so sad that we meet again on a Book Traveling Thursday, Russia, why? I don’t mind the idea behind the cover because it really represents the novel, but the execution is so bad. That doll couldn’t be creepier. Imagine the Italian and Russian cover coming together and you have a nightmare right there.