UK cover US cover
This is a book I've been eagerly awaiting and much of my eagerness was down to the US cover on the right. Yes, I know it's another 'Sad Girl in a Pretty Dress'-style cover and to say they are overused in YA is the understatement of the year. But you know what they also are? Pretty! And while I'd much rather have an original, interesting cover, it's hard not to be attracted to what looks good.
At first I was pleased to discover that Dearly, Departed was being published in the UK a week or so before the US release. Then I saw the UK cover on the left. I have to admit my first reaction was complete horror. No. Just no. Where has my prettiness gone? It's been replaced by a couple who look like they put on Civil War-era costumes to pose for one of those Old Time Photo studios you find in shopping malls. And the guy is a wanted serial killer who is sick with the flu.
Once I calmed down, I realised it wasn't all bad. The UK cover does try to represent the actual storyline, as Dearly, Departed features a romance between a girl and a zombie (the guy's not sick, he's dead and you can see zombies staggering in the background). And all the early reviews say Dearly, Departed is hilarious and off-the-wall, so the UK cover is much more representative than the US one, which looks like it's for a sombre paranormal romance. The UK cover is obviously trying to parody Gone with the Wind and does suggest a fun, campy read. But I can't get past the tacky costumes, badly photo-shopped over the background.
Like I said, the US cover is far from original. And it tells you nothing about the book (where are the zombies?). But I can't help it, I like the dress, I love the parasol and I like the colours. I think this time, pretty wins.