Saturday, June 18, 2011

One of these things

Is just like the other?

I was on today looking at my updates when I came across the UK book, Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson. It has a very beautiful cover and I really liked it, but I couldn't help feeling a bit of deja vu. I was certain I'd seen this book before. 

Being neurotic about book covers as I happen to be, I started searching my files. I keep picture folders of examples of really awesome book cover work. Within a few minutes I found the answer to my question. A year or 2 ago I went through a "foreign edition" phase since I love looking at book covers. (And foreign editions are sometimes better than the originals.) At some point I ran across some foreign editions of the amazing book Heist Society, saved them and forgot. Today I ran across the folder with them. Lo and behold, there was the doppelganger.

Herlig uærlig by Ally Carter is the spitting image of Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson. The dress, light filters and one socket is different, but other than that they are pretty much the same.

I'm never really sure how to feel about duplicated covers. It is sort of like catching someone trying to fool you and being able to call them on it. I would like to think that every cover is worked on equally. They all have their own design, concepts and other more intricate things happening. I can't see how much each book is worked on and I understand that some designers choose to edit copyrighted images that they pay to use. Not to mention  no company can scan the entire catalog of every publisher for every possible cover design to avoid copying work. It just seems weird to see them both with the same picture. 

At least these books have a chance of never being spotted together. Lila is from the UK and Herlig is The Norwegian version of Heist Society. (Thank you Maiken for correcting me!)There are books I've seen where the covers are pretty much the same, in the same bookstore and sometimes even on the same self. In that case I get a little offended, I mean it seems like there should be an effort to separate them. Maybe it's a proximity thing, if I know they're right next to each other it bothers me, but if I know there's next to no chance of them ever meeting, I'm okay. 

Though I do have to say.... Why shoot the picture at an angle where it looks like you're getting a peak up a woman's skirt? I know I'm supposed to be focusing on the fact she's leaving somewhere for the unknown, but I still feel a little pervy looking at it.

What does everyone else think about duplicated covers? Do you have a perspective on proximity or don't have an issue with it? 

Happy Reading, 


  1. Okey, I know this is an old post, but I just have to tell you, Herlig uærlig is not German or Russian, it's Norwegian.

    1. Thank you for correcting me! I changed it in the post. :)


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