Friday, October 10, 2008
Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Book Cover Video
I have noticed around the fantasy and paranormal blogosphere lots of discussion about the similarity of many of the book covers and a heavy penchant for the use of half-clad women with tattoos. So I quickly scoured through my collection in search of the truth.
Indeed there is a uncommonly frequent use of women in left, right, front and back poses in disturbingly similar styles among a diversity of authors. Almost as if there was a branding guideline for the genre (or the art directors are all related).
In any case I put together a little video showcasing the paranormal/urban fantasy covers from the last couple of years and grouped them together for everyone’s amusement.
I hazarded a guess that the initial style was emulating or paying tribute to the covers from the Kushiel fantasy books [first seen in 2002] by Jacqueline Carey, but as I am not familiar with enough genres and book art it may have originated anywhere. If anyone has any ideas as to a more likely source please leave a comment. Also feel free to let me know about your favourite covers I may have missed in case I ever update the video (or do a sequel).
So enough chit chat. On with the movie…