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Offline Blodeuedd

Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2011, 09:06:47 AM »
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Hm, I actually like the UF covers, they are kick-ass, and most those are very UF so not much vamp sex there, mostly they go around kick some ass. The paranormal covers on the other hand, yeesh, they are another story. lots half-nekkid men out  there
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Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2011, 02:20:15 PM »
You'd think, but no.  I blame Twilight.

Agreed. There are some people who do it well though - Kelley Armstrong books are quite good - although they don't have those tacky covers and the stories are actually centred around paranormal stuff rather than the romance(sex) itself.

As a representative of the US, I apologize for Twilight.  Sorry about that.  We'll try not to let it happen again. ;)

Offline ganstream1

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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2011, 04:46:12 PM »
I love good covers.

I buy a book based solely on the covers if I'm desperate to read something new but can't peek inside.

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« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2011, 06:39:48 PM »
You'd think, but no.  I blame Twilight.

Agreed. There are some people who do it well though - Kelley Armstrong books are quite good - although they don't have those tacky covers and the stories are actually centred around paranormal stuff rather than the romance(sex) itself.

As a representative of the US, I apologize for Twilight.  Sorry about that.  We'll try not to let it happen again. ;)

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Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2011, 07:12:52 PM »
You'd think, but no.  I blame Twilight.

Agreed. There are some people who do it well though - Kelley Armstrong books are quite good - although they don't have those tacky covers and the stories are actually centred around paranormal stuff rather than the romance(sex) itself.

As a representative of the US, I apologize for Twilight.  Sorry about that.  We'll try not to let it happen again. ;)

How do you think I feel I live 30 minutes away from Forks, WA

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Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2011, 07:20:54 PM »
You'd think, but no.  I blame Twilight.

Agreed. There are some people who do it well though - Kelley Armstrong books are quite good - although they don't have those tacky covers and the stories are actually centred around paranormal stuff rather than the romance(sex) itself.

As a representative of the US, I apologize for Twilight.  Sorry about that.  We'll try not to let it happen again. ;)

How do you think I feel I live 30 minutes away from Forks, WA

Ouch!  That must be...umm...fun.  ;D  One of my friends lives out that way and she and her sister went on a tour of the town.  ::gag::  I feel REALLY bad for anyone that actually lives there!  Maybe it should be a rule that authors have to make up small towns so this kind of thing doesn't happen again. :)

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Re: Fantasy Book Covers - Do they lure you in?
« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2011, 07:21:46 PM »
You'd think, but no.  I blame Twilight.

Agreed. There are some people who do it well though - Kelley Armstrong books are quite good - although they don't have those tacky covers and the stories are actually centred around paranormal stuff rather than the romance(sex) itself.

As a representative of the US, I apologize for Twilight.  Sorry about that.  We'll try not to let it happen again. ;)

Sorry... It would be a flat out lie if I said you are forgiven... ;P

I understand completely. :)

Offline Tiffany Kysis Tackett

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« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2011, 12:53:29 AM »
Hahaha, please don't lump all Americans with Miss Twilight, because seriously, I feel dirty even typing that name. T_T

Hopefully we can give you enough good fiction to make up for that Mary Sue slop.

Offline Funky Scarecrow

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« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2011, 01:47:26 AM »
This is going to sound horribly shallow, but I can be seriously put off by a hideous cover. I thoroughly enjoyed James Barclay's Raven novels, but those first hardback covers... Hoooooooooooo BOY! Those were some seriously awful pieces of cover art (see an example here). I didn't end up buying any of them until the covers were revamped in the paperback release.

As for my favourite cover? I honestly can't say, since I only truly notice the ugly ones. Sad, but true.
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Offline michaelramm

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« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2011, 04:46:01 AM »
I can say that I have never turned down a book by its cover, but covers have influenced me to purchase some book. I cannot remember any now, but I used to have a lot of bad scifi covered book, before I donated them all to my library when I moved. A lot of them were good stories.
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« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2011, 08:16:50 AM »
If I don't know what to get in advance, and i'm just browsing, the cover definitely lures me in. I would never have picked up Name Of The Wind, George Martin or Joe Abercrombie when I did if it were not for the covers.

Offline frankiehunter

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« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2011, 10:27:18 AM »
I love good coverart too, as many here, but I can't remind if I every bought a book, because the cover was so nice, nor didn't buy it because the cover was awful...
and now... with my e-books I don't look at them anymore!
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« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2011, 04:17:10 PM »
Can I just say that the cover art of Darrell K Sweet is bad? very bad. all of his people look like trolls, and his women are UGLY, unfortunately he gets all the covers of some of my favorite fantasy.

Wheel of time
Xanth
Runelords

for the love of god somebody smack him with a talent stick, or let the fans do it...Ive seen some spectacular fan art

Offline missoularedhead

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« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2011, 08:32:20 AM »
Oh, he's the guy who did the original covers on the Riddlemaster of Hed series…yes, SOOO bad.  And yeah, his women all look like Angelina Jolie had plastic surgery to look like Barbie.  Give me those horrible tramp stamped leather clad dark alley covers over that! 
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« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2011, 03:54:53 PM »
I originally picked up The Dragonbone Chair in 1990 or so based on the Michael Whelan cover.   That book is part of what is now my favorite fantasy series.  I also picked up the Steven Brust books the first time based on the cover of Jhereg.  And recently (as in, just 2 weeks ago), I picked up and read Boneshaker by Cherie Priest just based on the cover.  I don't mind doing that.
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