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 a book you think should be a classic in a few years. I chose Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, which is a graphic novel. It might seem like a strange decision to pick a graphic novel, but I think this genre has really grown and has many stories that will become future classics. In this case, Persepolis is a fantastic one because it’s historical, it deals with religion, family, politics, and feminism, all through the real life account of the author, her art, and her amazing sense of humor. Let’s check out the covers!
I’m just taking into account the first volume to make it easier for me (I know, I’m lazy, sorry). This is the original cover from the United Kingdom. I love it. The colors are stricking, the layout and fonts are perfect and it shows a little sample of the illustrations inside. It’s what called to me the first time I saw it, then I read the blurb and knew I had to read it.
The original is my favorite, but I really enjoy the Hungarian one too. I don’t love the font, but it’s not too bad either. Also, it shows a fantastic illustration from the novel where Marjane has a shirt that says “Punk Is Not Dead”.
LEAST FAVORITE COVERS
The left cover is Lithuanian, the right one is from France. They are actually quite similar and I pretty much dislike the same things about them. The illustrations they chose are definitely bad to portray in the cover and the colors for the background aren’t my favorite.