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Striking a Pose (Women and Fantasy Covers)

Snoopy Pumpkin

A while back, we had a discussion on the blog about the cover art for my princess novels. For the most part, I really like these covers, but they’re not perfect.

Now I could talk about the way women are posed in cover art … or I could show you. I opted for the latter, in part because it helped me to understand it better. I expected posing like Danielle to feel a little weird and unnatural. I did not expect immediate, physical pain from trying (rather unsuccessfully) to do the hip thing she’s got going on.

I recruited my wife to take the pictures, which she kindly did with a minimum of laughter.

Being me, I naturally couldn’t stop there. I headed over to Amazon and grabbed a sampling of book covers, primarily urban fantasy, and spent the evening doing a photoshoot. Click on if you want to see the results (or if you just really want to see a shot of topless Jim).

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Jan. 11th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
Some of the pictures are taken at a specific angle to embellish the odd posture these ladies have in the pictures.

They're not that hard to replicate if you've got someone handling the camera for you with the right angles in mind :) Thanks for the entertainment.

For what it's worth, your topic is very interesting, and no, the covers aren't promoting any sort of "strength" from these heroines plastered across the covers.
Jan. 11th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
That was righteous! :D

I would say God's War does a good job at showing a strong woman.
Jan. 11th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yes. I like that one!
Jan. 11th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
This is the best thing I've seen all day. Thank you.
Jan. 11th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Hilarious! I'm here via tinglegacies, and added you. I hope that's ok?

Edited at 2012-01-11 07:39 pm (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, and welcome!
(no subject) - myrrhmade - Jan. 11th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 11th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
WONDERFUL. Now stop hurting yourself. Your point is well made. =)
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
*slow clap* Well played, sir. Very well played indeed.
Jan. 11th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
You are awesome!
Jan. 11th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Well, Mr. Hines, your hips don't lie. Bravo, sir.
Jan. 11th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Huzzah to you, Sir. The eloquence of your posing surpasses all words.
Jan. 11th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, that made me want to puke.
(no subject) - jimhines - Jan. 12th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - sylvia_rachel - Jan. 13th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 11th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
That was awesome. Thank you for sharing this with us. *hugs*
Jan. 11th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
This made my day. Thank you.
Jan. 11th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
Totally apropos: A video well worth watching (not the Dove commercial we've all seen, either).
Jan. 11th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
This was awesome.
Jan. 11th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you. <3
Jan. 11th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
This is the best thing ever!
Jan. 11th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
C E Murphy Urban Shaman series especially has good covers as far as not being difficult poses goes.

Jan. 11th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! Scared my budgie off her perch with my cackling!
Jan. 11th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
I made the mistake of reading this at work and had a HORRIBLE time containing my laughter! Thanks so much for this!!!!
Jan. 11th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Yes!!!
This is wonderful. Spot-on, and hilarious!

You, sir, rock!

Jan. 12th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: Oh. My. Yes!!!
Thank you!
Jan. 11th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
This, so so much. As a hobby artist, I often despair about how to position my characters without breaking their bones, silently advertise porn, yet get a bit of an audience.

I think I'll wrap the next one in a can of peas, that way she can do what she wants in there and nobody sees the damage. =P
Jan. 11th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Absolutely brilliant, Jim!
Jan. 11th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
A fantastic example of how a secure man can go ahead and be a jester in public and not worry about anyone questioning his sexuality. :-)

Also, I'm sure Tyra would say that you weren't just being a model--the noun--you were modelling--the verb--from H to T! Now you just need to learn to smize.
Jan. 12th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
Smize? Not familiar with that one...
(no subject) - barbarienne - Jan. 12th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 11th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
This is why I love your blog.

Years ago at women's retreat we were all asked to 'strike a womanly pose'. I immediately did the Wonder Wonder pose(legs in a straight-kneed horse stance and hands on hips). I was very surprised to see everyone else curled up on the floor trying for come-hither looks. Yikes!
Jan. 12th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
Be glad you didn't try to recreate Christina Dodd's three-armed heroine on the cover of Castles in the Air. :D

(for reference: )
Jan. 12th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
Oh yes, I've seen that one. It's rather infamous :-)
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