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27th May '16 5:21:22 AM HighCrate
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* Web ads occasionally seem to be hellbent on making every site to look like a seedy den of depravity. Making an onlooker question your surfing habits, especially at work.
** Particularly if they're for online RPG's. Even if the game in question is mostly just [[{{VideoGame/Evony}} a top-down view of a tiny pixellated village,]] these games will try their hardest to convince you [[TheInternetIsForPorn there's tits]]. There is ''one'' game like this. Exactly one, which there will be no link to it. It's terrible anyways.
** These days even reasonably respectful sites are pestering you with [[MatchmakerDotCom online dating ads]] for teens, 20-somethings, 30+, 50+, Muslims, Christians, Intellectuals, Otherkin and Fat People.
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26th May '16 11:33:08 PM PaulA
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** ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'' seemed at first like it escaped this fate; the cover of the first book of the trilogy depicts a recognizable version of the book's climactic battle, with everyone including the heroine wearing appropriate clothing and armor. The same can be said of the second book. The third book... to be fair, the cover does depict one of the key turning points in the plot, and technically the amount of clothing the heroine is depicted wearing is entirely accurate; it's just that, of all the key scenes in the book, they picked the one where the heroine is completely naked.
26th May '16 11:25:12 PM PaulA
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** Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''[[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51syK3B6QeL._SL500_AA240_.jpg The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump]]''. With the best will in the world, it is impossible to find any connection between this mess of women in clingy dresses, Lovecraftian monstrosities, and big vases, and a story about an EPA officer investigating magical pollution. It looks like it was picked, entirely at random, from a big pile labelled "Fantasy Covers (Lurid)".

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** Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''[[http://ecx.''Literature/TheCaseOfTheToxicSpellDump''. With the best will in the world, it is impossible to find any connection between [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51syK3B6QeL._SL500_AA240_.jpg The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump]]''. With the best will in the world, it is impossible to find any connection between this mess of women in clingy dresses, Lovecraftian monstrosities, and big vases, vases]], and a story about an EPA officer investigating magical pollution. It looks like it was picked, entirely at random, from a big pile labelled "Fantasy Covers (Lurid)".
24th May '16 10:16:42 PM Doug86
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* This isn't really a cover, but the disc of Music/{{Tool}}'s ''Ænima'' album had a picture of a naked contortionist (taken from behind). This is from a picture that appeared in the album artwork. The album's lyrics do not have any sexual meaning. Their ''Undertow'' album's liner notes also contained some offensive pictures that do not relate to the songs.
** Admittedly, "Stinkfist" from ''Ænima'' was about, well, ''fisting''.

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* This isn't really a cover, but the disc of Music/{{Tool}}'s ''Ænima'' ''[=Æ=]nima'' album had a picture of a naked contortionist (taken from behind). This is from a picture that appeared in the album artwork. The album's lyrics do not have any sexual meaning. Their ''Undertow'' album's liner notes also contained some offensive pictures that do not relate to the songs.
** Admittedly, "Stinkfist" from ''Ænima'' ''[=Æ=]nima'' was about, well, ''fisting''.
19th Apr '16 2:03:33 PM Kid
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* Used deliberately in a series of advertisements by Association of Librarians of the Czech Republic "Read them before Hollywood does". Do you remember that two cowboy cops from ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', blonde ActionGirl from ''Literature/JaneEyre'' and that DirtyOldMan on a [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Vm9BWZRbyX4/SMpQYXbWh9I/AAAAAAAAADk/vRb-NbCK5ko/s1600/read+it.jpg fishing trip ?]]

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* Used deliberately in a series of advertisements by Association of Librarians of the Czech Republic "Read them before Hollywood does". Do you remember that two cowboy cops from ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', blonde ActionGirl from ''Literature/JaneEyre'' and that DirtyOldMan on a [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Vm9BWZRbyX4/SMpQYXbWh9I/AAAAAAAAADk/vRb-NbCK5ko/s1600/read+it.jpg fishing trip ?]]trip?]]
19th Apr '16 2:02:09 PM Kid
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* The NancyDrew SpinOff series ''The Nancy Drew Files'' is an interesting case of this starting off not so bad, then getting ''better,'' before finally getting worse. A deliberately more mature series, the romance was ratcheted up in-story, but the covers themselves were usually a rather harmless [[http://www.series-books.com/nancydrew/pbs/files8.jpg photo of Nancy with a handsome man in the background.]] This actually improved as time went on, with the covers simply turning into [[http://www.series-books.com/nancydrew/pbs/files78.jpg action shots.]] However, around Book 100, they took a turn straight into [[http://www.series-books.com/nancydrew/pbs/files111.jpg romance novel.]] Incidentally, the titles themselves were occasionally misleading; the rather romantic sounding ''The Stolen Kiss,'' was actually about a stolen painting, called "First Kiss."

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* The NancyDrew SpinOff series ''The Nancy Drew Files'' is an interesting case of this starting off not so bad, then getting ''better,'' before finally getting worse. A deliberately more mature series, the romance was ratcheted up in-story, but the covers themselves were usually a rather harmless [[http://www.series-books.com/nancydrew/pbs/files8.jpg photo of Nancy with a handsome man in the background.]] This actually improved as time went on, with the covers simply turning into [[http://www.series-books.com/nancydrew/pbs/files78.jpg action shots.]] However, around Book 100, they took a turn straight into [[http://www.series-books.com/nancydrew/pbs/files111.jpg romance novel.]] Incidentally, the titles themselves were occasionally misleading; the rather romantic sounding ''The Stolen Kiss,'' Kiss'' was actually about a stolen painting, called "First Kiss."
19th Apr '16 1:45:54 PM Kid
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* The "classic" [[RomanceCoverScene romance novel cover]]-a woman with long, flowing hair (that may or may not match the hair color of the actual main female character) and a man with lots of muscles, both half-dressed, holding each other in what looks like a mighty uncomfortable sexual position. Though the highly stereotyped and often (justly) mocked "clinch" contemptible cover was for a long time a staple of romance novels, in the past decade its use has declined drastically. A lot of romance novels now feature stock photos of very muscled male chests and arms, or a neck-up photograph of a kissing couple, photoshopped to look vaguely artsy- not respectable, per se, but not contemptible either. Some try to have the best of both worlds by having a simple, solid cover with just the title and author's name on it, with what would have been the Contemptible Cover on the front flyleaf instead. See some {{egregious}} examples of these (pre-snarked for your convenience) [[http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/blog/category/covers_gone_wild_non_snoop_dogg_edition here]].

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* The "classic" [[RomanceCoverScene romance novel cover]]-a cover]]--a woman with long, flowing hair (that may or may not match the hair color of the actual main female character) and a man with lots of muscles, both half-dressed, holding each other in what looks like a mighty uncomfortable sexual position. Though the highly stereotyped and often (justly) mocked "clinch" contemptible cover was for a long time a staple of romance novels, in the past decade its use has declined drastically. A lot of romance novels now feature stock photos of very muscled male chests and arms, or a neck-up photograph of a kissing couple, photoshopped to look vaguely artsy- not artsy--not respectable, per se, but not contemptible either. Some try to have the best of both worlds by having a simple, solid cover with just the title and author's name on it, with what would have been the Contemptible Cover on the front flyleaf instead. See some {{egregious}} examples of these (pre-snarked for your convenience) [[http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/blog/category/covers_gone_wild_non_snoop_dogg_edition here]].
19th Apr '16 1:19:04 PM Kid
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* Of the many gorgeous ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' covers available, Netflix chose [[http://media.tumblr.com/29554c65157e20dfb5f9930be3a7a426/tumblr_inline_mf7hykNlmW1r0w66j.png this one]] to advertise it. Those not in the know wouldn't be blamed for thinking it's a {{Yaoi}} series, and while their is {{subtext}} by the boatload and at least one canon same-sex crush it's nowhere near representative of the content.

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* Of the many gorgeous ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' covers available, Netflix chose [[http://media.tumblr.com/29554c65157e20dfb5f9930be3a7a426/tumblr_inline_mf7hykNlmW1r0w66j.png this one]] to advertise it. Those not in the know wouldn't be blamed for thinking it's a {{Yaoi}} series, and while their there is {{subtext}} by the boatload and at least one canon same-sex crush it's nowhere near representative of the content.
18th Apr '16 8:05:02 PM igordebraga
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** Similarly, ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Show Us Your Hits]]''.

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** Similarly, the female body is showcased in ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Show Us Your Hits]]''.Hits]]'' (FanService) and ''Hard-Off'' (FanDisservice).
5th Apr '16 6:33:16 PM Rocketboy1313
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* ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'': The ''ComicBook/HeroesForHire'' tie featuring the infamous cover seen [[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070913193242/marveldatabase/images/a/a3/Heroes_for_Hire_Vol_2_13.jpg here]]. While the interior features not a single tentacle naughty or otherwise. Various readers and critics vocally disapproved, pointing out the dripped slime on ComicBook/BlackCat's cleavage, and that one tentacle appeared to be unzipping Colleen Wing's catsuit as being particularly over the line. Oh, and then [[ShaggyDogStory the title was cancelled two issues later]].

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* ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'': The ''ComicBook/HeroesForHire'' tie featuring the infamous cover seen [[http://img1.[[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070913193242/marveldatabase/images/a/a3/Heroes_for_Hire_Vol_2_13.jpg net/marveldatabase/images/a/a3/Heroes_for_Hire_Vol_2_13.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20070913193242 here]]. While the interior features not a single tentacle naughty or otherwise. Various readers and critics vocally disapproved, pointing out the dripped slime on ComicBook/BlackCat's cleavage, and that one tentacle appeared to be unzipping Colleen Wing's catsuit as being particularly over the line. Oh, and then [[ShaggyDogStory the title was cancelled two issues later]].
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