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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2006, 10:16:35 am »
Considerably I do. If I see cover art that markets the books as a cliche fantasy, then I probably won't go for it. But if I see cover art that make it looks unique, I'll probably go for it.
I do this. If it has a muscular looking man, mountains, a sword with a gem in it, a blonde or some kind of mythological beast on it I generally avoid it.
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2006, 12:09:28 pm »
Considerably I do. If I see cover art that markets the books as a cliche fantasy, then I probably won't go for it. But if I see cover art that make it looks unique, I'll probably go for it.
I do this. If it has a muscular looking man, mountains, a sword with a gem in it, a blonde or some kind of mythological beast on it I generally avoid it.

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Really though, they all end up essentially being the same thing:

Good guy who has no idea he has some secret power loses a family member due to evil guy.

Good guy investigates family member's death, and finds out one of two things:

1. The family member isn't actually a family member.

2. The family member has some dark secret.

This then leads them to discover about the evil guy.

When the good guy gets too indepth discovering about the evil guy, the love interest, who usually has some big secret power, meets up with the good guy.

Good guy gets best buddy involved in the investigation.

Good guy discovers secret power through love interest.

Good guy goes on a long journey, which usually involves at least one dragon, one witch, and one army of goblinkin, in order to take revenge on the evil guy, and also to stop the evil guy from taking over the kingdom/world/universe/plane.

Eventually the love interest gets captured, and the good guy does something stupid to save her, thereby advancing the means of the evil guy.

Good guy feels he should give up now, but love interest gives him sex to convince him otherwise.

Good guy discovers his REAL secret power, usually through the use of an old hermit/exiled wizard, who also gives him some ancient weapon in order to defeat the evil guy.

Good guy uses real secret power in an attempt to defeat evil guy, but evil guy has a trick up his sleeve and defeats good guy.

Evil guy kills good guy's best buddy.

Good guy gets enraged and his friend's death, and unlocks his REAL REAL secret power, including that of the ancient weapon.

Good guy goes to evil guy base, and evil guy is confounded by good guys new ultimate-kick-your-ass power.

Evil guy gets his ass kicked from one end of the kingdom/world/universe/plane to the other.

Good guy marries love interest, and goes into seclusion, until an interdemensional beast shows up and starts tearing up the kingdom.

The sequel.

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« Last Edit: December 23, 2006, 12:11:20 pm by TheMagicHobo »
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2006, 01:38:29 pm »
Nothing more to add to that!  :D

Good sci-fi usually has terrible covers. Abstract imagery, more often that not a head or a human figure with rays of light or geometric shapes shooting out of it, that sort of thing. Older, more adventure type sci-fi, like C Clark and Heinlein's expedition and war stories, feature spaceship and space stuff unrelated to the story. Old classics have beige. Sometimes with an old black and white illustration.

Good sci-fi: http://www.philipkdick.com/covers/Scanner_Darkly_PT.jpg
Old sci-fi: http://blackholes.stardate.org/images/Imperial_Earth_cover.jpg
Classic sci-fi: http://vesuvius.jsc.nasa.gov/er/seh/noteVern.gif