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Offline Overlord

The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« on: February 02, 2011, 02:39:19 PM »
Has anyone else noticed how many 'hooded men' are gracing book covers in 2010/2011. I think the inspiration comes from Trudi Canavan's 'Magician's Guild' a few years ago.










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Offline Overlord

Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2011, 02:44:38 PM »







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Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2011, 02:58:09 PM »
It's a hooded army, haha! My guess is that they go with the mysterious hooded man rather than put someone's distinct face on there to make it possible for the reader to interpret the character's looks however they want, instead of having a face pushed at them before they've even read a word...

... but that's the BORING version. Personally, I love a well-hooded figure--cloaks are so beautifully dramatic. I often wish people still wore them for daily life. Practicality be damned, I want me some drama!  ;)

Offline ChrisMB

Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011, 03:03:14 PM »
I was just thinking about this trend the other day, actually. Maybe because I've noticed a few of my characters wear hoods themselves, though I wouldn't have them on the covers wearing the hoods. If I could help it.
Like shoulder pads, bandeleros, and knee-high boots, hoods look cool, especially if they're masking just the eyes and leaving us with that stalwart, grim expression of determination that many of these characters have on the covers. Not to mention anyone can wear a hood: a stealthy assassin, a heroic ranger, the wizened mage.

Also, I know it's an old cover and there are other characters, but this is the earliest example I've seen of The Hooded Man on a cover:


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Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2011, 03:09:27 PM »
FYI Brent Weeks' books were out in 2008, not 2010 ;)
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Offline Overlord

Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2011, 03:19:44 PM »
lol... very true... but it has certainly been a recent trend.

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Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2011, 03:22:00 PM »
Better than having random objects that have no place on the cover as they have nothing to do with the story.

Offline Tiffany Kysis Tackett

Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2011, 04:30:24 PM »
A lot of those book covers, sadly enough, made me think of the game Assassin's Creed.  I have a feeling that a lot of other people browsing through the books, who have played the game and are interesting in reading something vaguely like it, might pick up those books.  Minus the titles that very obviously look like they have mages on them.


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Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2011, 05:53:17 PM »
I was just thinking about this trend the other day, actually. Maybe because I've noticed a few of my characters wear hoods themselves, though I wouldn't have them on the covers wearing the hoods. If I could help it.
Like shoulder pads, bandeleros, and knee-high boots, hoods look cool, especially if they're masking just the eyes and leaving us with that stalwart, grim expression of determination that many of these characters have on the covers. Not to mention anyone can wear a hood: a stealthy assassin, a heroic ranger, the wizened mage.

Also, I know it's an old cover and there are other characters, but this is the earliest example I've seen of The Hooded Man on a cover:



Can I just go off topic here for a moment and say ANOTHER of my favorite fantasy books that Darrel K Sweet has epic-failed on the cover? the people look like TROLLS, ugh...

Offline missoularedhead

Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2011, 06:16:06 PM »
And can I also go slightly off topic and say that I sincerely hope the chicks in tight leather looking back over her shoulder fad is going away?  I'll take hooded figures over tramp stamps any day.
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Offline Blodeuedd

Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2011, 10:02:44 PM »
I love the hooded man :) And my faves, thieves and assassins do need their hoods  ;)
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Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2011, 03:55:28 AM »
Ahahaha!!! This is a great thread! I was also thinking about the "girl looking back over her shoulder with a tramp stamp" trend. You know, sadly, that's a turn-off to me as a reader. As much as I like a kick-a** heroine, those girls seem like they're trying too hard, and I always suspect the book is more erotic than I care to read.

That said... My own book cover has a man wth a tattoo, so... I'm probably just a hypocrite... :)

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Offline missoularedhead

Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2011, 04:42:53 AM »
Amy, your cover is much better (it's not the tattoo alone…it's the whole thing).  And I'm with you.  I see a semi-clad tramp stamp girl on the cover, and I skip right over it. 
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Offline Overlord

Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2011, 04:47:57 AM »
"Oh hot girl... why do you look back at us? What have you forgotten? What mysteries can you take us on with your tight pants, your perfect figure and temptress-like eyes... I must pick up your book and find out"















...huh? Where are your leather pants!?


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Offline Blodeuedd

Re: The Hooded Man - The Book Cover of 2010/2011
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2011, 07:57:55 AM »
Lol, I love UF covers :D

Oh and lady Alexia does not wear pants, how horrid that would be, a women in pants  ::)

Though I always did wonder about UF covers and women in tight leather pants since mostly women seems to be reading these...where are the hot man candy?
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