A while back I participated in a contest on Donna’s Bites blog (my entry is in the comment section under the name ralfast). Then she emailed me saying that I won and that the books were en route. Well they arrived today, Books 1-5 (UK adult paperbacks editions). I read the books too many times to count, but I could not stop myself from reading where Donna had stuck a bookmark.
I have to say to things. One, the adult covers are not as impresive as the YA versions. I find the coverart on the North American versions to be more atractive. I know they wanted to tone them down to appeal to older audience but I doubt I would have pick them up in the bookstore if I had never read any of them before. The photographs make the books look cheap. That kind of marketing mistake could have cost the publisher dearly if it not for the fact that the children/YA version had already taken off. I hate to say this but the Twilight books have more appealing cover art.
On the other hand I am now the proud owner of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, not the Sorcerer’s Stone (which a friend of mine borrowed and then lost, the bastard)! I never understood why Scholastic pushed for the change other than to appease religious conservatives. That didn’t work, especially when you have a series that has tons on magic and questioning of authority as principal themes.
Both of these are just cosmetic differences in nature and really have no impact on the works themselves. I am not less of the books and having new editions gives me an excuse to read them all over again!
Oh and an interview with Rupert Grint just for kicks: