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4-for-1 deal expires February 25, 2008, and can not be combined with any other offers. Previous LOL books are available at http://jimhines.livejournal.com/tag/lol.

Today is your lucky day, LOL fans. (LOL haters are pretty much screwed.) That's right, today only we have four, count 'em four LOL covers from:

Doppelganger [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], by Marie Brennan
Wicked Lovely [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], by Melissa Marr
Coyote Dreams [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], by C. E. Murphy
Wicked Game [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], by Jeri Smith-Ready

You know, it's scary how many more covers I could have used for this particular caption. Anyway, enjoy, and may they bring you four times the LOLs!

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tltrent
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
There's a running joke that all the books with only torsos (Shannon Hale, Libba Bray, etc.) found their heads on my covers. *g* This whole body thing is just weird...
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
::Snort:: Do you watch Scrubs at all, by chance? J.D. had a routine for a while where he daydreamed about his head wandering off without his body. I could have done "Scrubs Month" on LOL books :-)
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jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting for a crossover. Floating Head Doctor meets World's Most Giantest Doctor.
deire
Apr. 7th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
"Body, come! Oh crap. Body, RUN!"
norilana
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
LOL indeed!!
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Sometimes marketing trends are so *odd*.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Funny. Apparently foreheads are out.

Ellis has a new album out with a song dedicated to Annette. Its quite beautiful, you should check it out. Folk, just so you know. :) ~GoGo
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, hell. You're going to make me cry today, aren't you.

It looks like the song is a free download from Ellis' web site.

Thanks for letting me know.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 25th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
It's always good to start the week with laugh!
*still giggling*
Krystn
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
You're welcome! That's one of the reasons I decided to do these on Mondays :-)
aeditimi
Feb. 25th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
mai forehead... let me not show u it.
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
::Grin:: Very nice!
barbarienne
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hey, having any portion of a face is an improvement these days. Over on SBTB, they've had several posts about the headless women of romance novels.
mindstalk
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I was actually wondering if male heads get cropped like that. All the samples are female. And, hmm, Penny and Aggie (webcomic) had someone make an ad with cropped female models.
swan_tower
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
These kinds of covers mostly appear on a certain sort of urban fantasy, and that sort usually has a female protagonist. So it's going to skew female regardless -- but no, I don't think male heads get treated the same way.
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
The Locus 2007 cover art gallery has more female crops (and there's a fascinating phrase for the phenomenon), but I did see two cropped males over there. City of Bones and A Companion to Wolves.

Overall, I've noticed it a lot more often with females.

ETA: I don't have as much data on romance covers, but SBTB (linked above) is certainly worth reading.

Edited at 2008-02-25 04:04 pm (UTC)
thegraybook
May. 30th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
And the same artist — Cliff Nielson — did both my City of Bones cover and A Companion to Wolves. He also put a cropped-headed boy on my third book, City of Glass. I've never specifically known where the trend started, but I always guessed it started in teen with the Gossip Girls book covers which always cut off the top half of the characters' heads. (I've seen the covers of the GG books in other countries, and they're exactly the same photos, but with the full faces shown. So maybe it's an American marketing thing.)
lenora_rose
Feb. 26th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
The random body part school of cover art is more gender egalitarian overall; but the decapitated torso sub-school is very heavily female (and legs without bodies show up a lot in chick-lit, so that one gets skewed too). But none of the various random body parts are entirely exclusive to females. I suspect it's because more women end up on covers overall than men.
delkytlar
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
A couple of those could do with some eyes and a nose as well.
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
The whole thing just cries out to be an undergraduate-level women's studies paper.
ex_kaz_maho
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
You have picked some mighty fine urban fantasy ladies there, though. Good job! ;)
difrancis
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Now you'll have to do a set with just asses. This is beautiful by the way. I am amused. I thank you.
allaboutm_e
Feb. 25th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Now I have to clean my monitor. ROFL!

Although I feel compelled to point out they're ahead of, say, most Laurell K. Hamilton cover figures...
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Very true. This probably could have been a much more graphic LOL book, if I wanted to go in that direction...
brigidsblest
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
There are tons of these covers. What is it with not wanting our heroines to have eyes???
brigidsblest
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Maybe cover artists these days are bad at drawing eyes...I remember an interview in a magazine about comic books from the mid-80s where X-Men artist John Byrne confessed he always tried to cover up characters' necks with hair/costumes/other things, or not show them, because he was no good at drawing them.

/snark
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
You know, I'd be perfectly content with sunglasses...
melissa_writing
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Initially, I had requested that we not see her face b/c I am intentionally vague abt physical traits (in an attempt to not anchor my image of a character in the reader's eyes). That said, when I picked the model she was so close to how I see Ash (the MC) that I relented & said "oooh, we could have a full face). I was lucky enough to see the proofs from the whole shoot (more than 1000 photos). Many had the face too, but the one Alison selected was this one. *shrug* There were others with her face that were gorgeous too.

BTW, my kids loved this. We're Lolcats fans here (& of course, fans of the loldogs site too). Thank you for the smile.
jimhines
Feb. 26th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Over 1000 photos? Sweet FSM, that's a lot to choose from.

You know, it's not that any one cover is bad. I love the colors in Marie's, for instance. And yours is incredibly evocative. But the whole trend bugs me.

And I'm glad the kids appreciated seeing Mama's work LOLed :-)
rosefox
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
I've noticed this trend and wondered whether the purpose is to make the cover woman somehow generic. Not sure why that would be desirable--maybe to allow for future cover designs in the series by different artists?
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting thought, both in terms of practicality for the artist and the idea of genericizing the character.

I keep noticing that the cutoff point seems to be the eyes. Some models are completely headless, others only partially so, but you never get the eyes. I find that ... intriguing.
rosefox
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
It makes me think of masquerades. Hide the eyes, or the area around the eyes, and you can no longer identify the face.
melissa_writing
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
. . . which is quite close to the content of the discussions I had with the art designer when we were talking abt our plans & possibilities for the cover of Wicked Lovely :) The initial agenda we had was to avoid imposing one person's view of the character's image b/c I don't do so in the story itself.
swan_tower
Feb. 25th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
My issue is that it also depersonalizes the figure. Not as much as the back shots where you see no face at all, just a butt, but it still sets off my critical radar -- objectification and all that.
guinwhyte
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Sadly, this is something of a trend in online personal ads, too. I've seen several guys with just torso shots on their ads, others with just an eye, or blurred/otherwise obscured pics. (From what I've seen, the torso or eye may be the best selling point of some of these guys -- it certainly isn't their personality.)
innerslytherin
Feb. 26th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Hey, it's better to see a forehead-less front than the naked backs or tight-jeans-clad butts we've been seeing lately. *grin*
jimhines
Feb. 26th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
You know, my first three books were about goblins, so I've missed out on these trends. But I'll be curious to see what the art folks do with my next book, which has actual *girls* in it...

Maybe I should specify in the description that all of my characters have covered backs and, more importantly, that they have heads?
innerslytherin
Feb. 26th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Now I'm envisioning naked goblin backs for the cover of a book... *grin*
jimhines
Feb. 26th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
I so did not need these visuals first thing in the morning...
innerslytherin
Feb. 26th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
Darn, you mean I haven't inspired the plot of the next novel? ;)
jimhines
Feb. 26th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Afraid not. I've never been all that good at writing horror.
snapes_angel
Feb. 26th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
We can haz foreheads plz?—FTW!
jer_bear711
Feb. 27th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
First of all, this is awesome. Thanks for the great company. :-)

Second, in all seriousness, I prefer not to see full faces. As a reader I like the mystery it conveys, and I'd rather leave the appearance to my own imagination. As a writer, when my Luna covers had full faces (OK technically half a face with the first one, but it was one side instead of forehead cut off), it changed my image of the character as I wrote each successive book. Instead of picturing the woman I'd created in my head, I pictured the model.

And I've been adamant about *never pls pls* depicting the male characters on my covers. I need to stay attracted to them from book to book. :-)
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