Thursday, February 18, 2010

Greek Cover for Maze Runner

In Greece, the book will be called THE TEST. What do you guys think?

Some quick background: The book is coming out in March (I think) from Platypus Publications, the same publisher that did Twilight and Hunger Games in Greece. They told me that The Maze Runner didn't sound very cool in Greek, hence the title change. Also, they decided to use more of the full cover art by Philip Straub. I really love it!!!

48 comments:

Steph Su said...

I just might actually like it more than the US cover; love the angle of the doors, and you really get to feel a sense of depth and ominence!

Aubrey (AKA Stacey) said...

I'm with Steph! I love that you can see how tall the walls are. It is very overpowering and gives you a sense of what those boys felt! Congrats! On the great cover!

Candice said...

The cover is awesome. I love it!

Wendy Toliver said...

It makes me go "Ooooooooo!" :)

Debbie (Nerd Goddess) said...

Cool! I wonder why they decided to show the top of the wall while in the U.S. cover they don't? Very spiffy, though.

WV: exceterh. The fancy spelling of ect.

Kasie West said...

Are they scared of tests in Greece? I can see them now, looking at the cover: "OH NO, not the test!!!! And the top of a wall?? Even worse!"

I actually like the cover a lot. I like the ominous clouds that are shown in this version. This version makes our version look like a stroll through a maze in the Queen's backyard (because we all know Queen's have mazes in their backyards).

Libyrinth said...

Awesome!

Anonymous said...

Having read your book and I loved the way you paced the information and the reveal of the answers. I feel the title "The Test" takes away from that mystery and the intrigue of the plot. Its one less surprise for the readers to discover for themselves.

Magenta said...

I love that the whole cover art is used for this book, and that your book will soon be selling in Greece. ^_^ But The Test? I don't know...

It's kind of funny, because the cover almost looks like it says To Tezt.

btw, what does the Maze Runner actually look like in Greek? I'd like to be the judge of which sounds better.

L.T. Elliot said...

It looks great! And I can see why the name would appeal in that way. I'm very happy for you, James!

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

That's awesome :) I'm Greek so it's good to see my peeps having the chance to read it there :)But the title? Uh I don't know lol

Platypus Publications said...

Hi guys,
Wow, we are very happy that you like our cover!
Magenta, the Greek word for word translation of The Maze Runner would look like this: O Δρομέας στο Λαβύρινθο and it would sound a lot like this:
O Thromeas sto Lavyritho.

Kaylie said...

I agree with the other comments. The Greek cover is better. Sorry, Americans.

molly said...

I like this one more than the US cover as well. It's beautiful!

Juliet Crane said...

Cool! But why not call it the maze runner? And when are you releasing the scorch trial cover?

Erin G. said...

That's so amazing! The cover looks awesome! :D

Jack Porter said...

Wow, that's one intense cover. One of those covers that you pick up in the store. When I walked into Barnes and Noble I went in looking for Snakehead, but The Maze Runner caught my eye and I instantly picked it up. Ended up buying that instead.
This cover really makes you think, so does the other one. Congratulations on getting it published in Greece.

-Jackson

Jeremiah said...

If only the US cover used the full picture! Seeing the top of the wall makes it so much more dramatic somehow.

ExtremeReader said...

Great Cover! MENACING!! I was also wondering if you would be interested in participating in my MEGA-Swag contest I am putting together. My blog Extreme Reader Book Reviews is strictly a ya book site. If you do have any swag to add to the prize pile it will be in great company! I have over 15 authors participating at this point (Melissa Marr, K.Garcia and M. Stohl, Carrie Ryan, Kim Derting, Anastasia Hopcus, Jen Nadol,Heidi Kling, Shelena Shorts, and more!). I have a Maze Runner bookmark I scored from the bookstore when I bought your book and they are great! If you are interested then please stop by my blog and go to the contact form to reach me. Thanks for your time and for writing one of my FAVORITE books! :)

Van said...

I think it's awesome. So much better than the American version. I once mistaken the walls in the background to be bamboo trees. Not with the greek version.

JaredNGarrett said...

Hey James,
That cover is excellent. Great typeface, more interesting image-- the skew kind of draws the reader in more. I like that you can see sky above it too-- it gives it a real-world size.

Congrats, man.

Sal Felix said...

The cover does have a more ominous feel to it.

Irish said...

awesome cover! I love that the used more of the full picture. Really powerful.

justineBUM said...

"The Test" sounds a little obvious. The title doesn't have to sound cool.

Jenn Johansson said...

Wow, I really like the full version! Congrats on going Greek, James.

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Ooh, I love it! This angle adds much more depth with a touch of creepy. Awesome.

onelowerlight said...

Nice! I like it.

Rachelle said...

Wow! That is awesome to see the top of the artwork--I like it!

Anonymous said...

Awesome cover! I really like it. When are you reviling the the cover to the 3rd book of the 13th reality?

Vanessa said...

James, is there any way you can convince Delacorte Press to use the new cover? That would be freak'n awesome. (Except I already own the book with the current cover. Darn.)

Taffy said...

The Greek cover looks scarier!
Good to see and hear you @ LTUE.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Greece? Holy cow, Dashner! That rocks!

Epsilon said...

I can't imagine The Maze Runner not sounding cool in any language, but I'll take your word for it.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

It looks awesome, James! It's interesting that they flipped the sides of the gate so the spikes are on the opposite side.

You are becoming quite the sizzling hot author!

Juliet Crane said...

COOL!!!!

erin said...

The Greek cover is great! More ominous, I think, which in turn ramps up excitement for the book within.

James, I don't know if you ever read blog reviews of your books, but I just finished a review of The Maze Runner for my blog:

http://www.foreveryoungadult.com/2010/02/19/fly-icharus/

Can't wait for the next book!

Adam said...

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Morgan said...

Hey james, it's morgan (aka juliet crane) i made a maze runner rpg http://www.thegladers.proboards.com

Heather B. Moore said...

Yeah, the image is better with more of the maze in there. Funny about the title change.

Chase92 said...

Love the cover! It gives a sense of dread to the maze

Karen Mittan said...

That's beautiful, James. Much better than the American cover, I think. Interesting that Greece didn't like The Maze Runner as a name. Wasn't the labyrinth Greek by origin?

Anonymous said...

Hey, It's Ryan Horton, you know, in your ward. Just finished THE MAZE RUNNER after about 2 hours of reading. Just wanted to let you know that I LOVED IT!!!

Miss Pippi said...

Picked up The Maze Runner and couldn't put it down. The title was the first thing to catch my eye. If it was called The Test, I don't think I would have picked it up. Have a great day and I look forward to your next book!

The Brain Lair (KB) said...

Love this cover!! It shows more of what I imagine things to look like but I thing the name change doesn't work...

Tania said...

Just finished the book in Greek and looking for experts of the book in english so I can read the original slang! The cover was what made me pick the book up not so much the title but the maze runner translated wouldn't have worked in greek so your publishers were right to change it!

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