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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]].
25th Mar '16 5:29:33 PM Arawn999
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* One of the Japanese covers for the soundtrack to ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' has one of [[GiantSquid Oodako]]'s tentacles covering Momohime's otherwise exposed crotch and her breasts almost falling out of her kimono. Another cover shows Yuzuruha sitting in a seductive pose, lifting her kimono with her foot barely acting as a SceneryCensor, a third has Torahime naked in a BoobsAndButtPose with one arm covering her breasts and her buttocks obscured by her flesh turning transparent, and a forth is of a naked Momohime seen from behind with her shoulders, back, and butt covered in tattoos, glaring over her shoulder while drawing a sword.
11th Mar '16 2:28:50 PM merotoker
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* Even though the original first couple of covers of the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga by and large avoided {{fanservice}}, later covers always have female characters in strange, revealing clothing, like GoGoEnslavement gear or a {{Stripperiffic}} SantaClaus outfit.

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* Even though the original first couple of covers of the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga by and large avoided {{fanservice}}, later covers always have female characters in strange, revealing clothing, like GoGoEnslavement gear or a {{Stripperiffic}} SantaClaus {{Sexy Santa|Dress}} outfit.



* In the early 2000s, Marvel published a ''ComicBook/EmmaFrost'' series covering the character's early life, which was mostly teen drama, had relatively low-key artwork, and might have appealed to young women. Unfortunately, the covers of the comics were incredibly sexed-up pin-up shots of the adult Emma wearing an assortment of costumes that were even more revealing than the costume she normally wore at the time in ''ComicBook/NewXMen''... and if you've read that title you'll know that wasn't easy to achieve. This probably contributed to the series' failure.
** This was one of the worst examples, but many Marvel comics with solo female protagonists during this era featured heavily sexualised pin-up covers that gave little clue as to the content inside. Often by Greg Horn.

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* In the early 2000s, Marvel published a ''ComicBook/EmmaFrost'' series covering the character's early life, which was mostly teen drama, had relatively low-key artwork, and might have appealed to young women. Unfortunately, the covers of the comics were incredibly sexed-up pin-up shots of the adult Emma wearing an assortment of costumes that were even more revealing than the costume she normally wore at the time in ''ComicBook/NewXMen''... and if you've read that title you'll know that wasn't easy to achieve. This probably contributed to the series' failure.
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failure. This was one of the worst examples, but many Marvel comics with solo female protagonists during this era featured heavily sexualised pin-up covers that gave little clue as to the content inside. Often by Greg Horn.



* The DVD release of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse'' had an image of a BrainwashedAndCrazy Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} clad in a {{Stripperiffic}} outfit (which she briefly wears) used in place of an an actual shot of the heroine in her iconic costume. According to WordOfGod, the cover artist was told to do this after the [[BlatantLies failure]] of the ''WesternAnimation/WonderWoman'' DVD.

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* The DVD release of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse'' had an image of a BrainwashedAndCrazy Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} clad in a {{Stripperiffic}} outfit (which she briefly wears) used in place of an an actual shot of the heroine in her iconic costume. According to WordOfGod, the cover artist was told to do this after the [[BlatantLies [[GirlShowGhetto failure]] of the ''WesternAnimation/WonderWoman'' DVD.



** An AuthorAvatar lampshades this trope in [[Literature/SpecialCircumstances Princess of Wands]] which is, surprisingly, ''not'' an example.

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** An AuthorAvatar lampshades this trope in [[Literature/SpecialCircumstances ''[[Literature/SpecialCircumstances Princess of Wands]] Wands]]'' which is, surprisingly, ''not'' an example.



* The Michael Sabanosh cover for the U.S. [=HarperPrism=] edition of ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' is actually more than tangentially related to the contents, but the [[ImpossibleHourglassfigure voluptuous]] [[CuteMonsterGirl Cute]] [[GrimReaper Reaper]] [[CuteMonsterGirl Girl]] on the cover, who's naked-looking enough to be embarrassing as it is? Turns out she's sixteen.

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* The Michael Sabanosh cover for the U.S. [=HarperPrism=] edition of ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' is actually more than tangentially related to the contents, but the [[ImpossibleHourglassfigure voluptuous]] [[CuteMonsterGirl Cute]] [[GrimReaper [[TheGrimReaper Reaper]] [[CuteMonsterGirl Girl]] on the cover, who's naked-looking enough to be embarrassing as it is? Turns out she's sixteen.



* This was done deliberately with lesbian pulp novels in the 1950's, such as AnnBannon's ''Literature/TheBeeboBrinkerChronicles''. It was such an integral part of the way people remembered the books that recent releases ramp up the {{fanservice}} even ''further'' to make them equally shocking and explicit for modern audiences, to the point of being outright misleading in a fun, campy sort of way. The first of the series, ''Odd Girl Out,'' is a fairly tame SliceOfLife and GirlsLove college story with plenty of mild hetero romance to go along with it...[[http://www.annbannon.com/books-intro-oddgirlout.html this is the 2001 cover]]. Note that the one labeled as a "gay rebel" is the one who is struggling with her sexual identity, just to start with how misleading it is.

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* This was done deliberately with lesbian pulp novels in the 1950's, such as AnnBannon's ''Literature/TheBeeboBrinkerChronicles''. It was such an integral part of the way people remembered the books that recent releases ramp up the {{fanservice}} even ''further'' to make them equally shocking and explicit for modern audiences, to the point of being outright misleading in a fun, campy sort of way. The first of the series, ''Odd Girl Out,'' is a fairly tame SliceOfLife and GirlsLove YuriGenre college story with plenty of mild hetero romance to go along with it...[[http://www.annbannon.com/books-intro-oddgirlout.html this is the 2001 cover]]. Note that the one labeled as a "gay rebel" is the one who is struggling with her sexual identity, just to start with how misleading it is.



* Reprints of classic novels sometimes, of course, feature photos from recent film adaptations. In the case of faithful adaptations, such as the 1995 version of ''PrideAndPrejudice'', this is perfectly reasonable, as the cover in question features a photo of protagonists Darcy and Elizabeth, as played by Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. In the case of 'freely' (or 'badly') adapted novels, this can be quite unfortunate, like ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' featuring a cover photo of Gary Oldman and Creator/DemiMoore drooling over each other.

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* Reprints of classic novels sometimes, of course, feature photos from recent [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptations. adaptations]]. In the case of faithful adaptations, such as the 1995 version of ''PrideAndPrejudice'', ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', this is perfectly reasonable, as the cover in question features a photo of protagonists Darcy and Elizabeth, as played by Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. In the case of 'freely' (or 'badly') adapted novels, this can be quite unfortunate, like ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' featuring a cover photo of Gary Oldman Creator/GaryOldman and Creator/DemiMoore drooling over each other.



** Recently, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'''s popularity (and its habitual referencing of literary classics) has led to a series of "Twilight-ized" covers of the books mentioned in the series -- including [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/aug/28/vampire-endorsement-bronte-bestseller Wuthering Heights]], [[http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780061964367.jpg Pride and Predjudice]], and [[http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/4/9780061965494.jpg Romeo and Juliet]]. Yes, now you too can be reminded of trashy vampire romance while reading Shakespeare. And that sticker on the Literature/WutheringHeights cover? Yes, that ''does'' in fact read, "Bella and Edward's favorite book!"

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** Recently, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'''s popularity (and its habitual referencing of literary classics) has led to a series of "Twilight-ized" covers of the books mentioned in the series -- including [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/aug/28/vampire-endorsement-bronte-bestseller Wuthering Heights]], [[http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/7/9780061964367.jpg Pride and Predjudice]], Prejudice]], and [[http://www.harpercollins.com/harperimages/isbn/large/4/9780061965494.jpg Romeo and Juliet]]. Yes, now you too can be reminded of trashy vampire romance while reading Shakespeare. And that sticker on the Literature/WutheringHeights cover? Yes, that ''does'' in fact read, "Bella and Edward's favorite book!"



* The {{NSFW}}(!) cover of TsipiKeller's [[http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&isbn=1933132191/LC.GIF&client=wclip&upc=&oclc= Retelling.]] is not something anyone would read in public.

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* The {{NSFW}}(!) {{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW (!) cover of TsipiKeller's [[http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&isbn=1933132191/LC.GIF&client=wclip&upc=&oclc= Retelling.]] is not something anyone would read in public.



* Poor, poor Literature/MercyThompson. Every one of the covers shows someone presumably intended to be Mercy posing way too voluptuously to be healthy, wearing {{Stripperiffic}} clothes that she probably wouldn't be caught dead in. They also apparently took the fact that she has a tattoo of a coyote's footprint on her stomach and ran with it, since they also give her all sorts of mutually-contradictory and extensive body art.
** This is made [[UnfortunateImplications very icky]] when you consider that one of the books deals surprisingly sensitively with the long-term psychological effects of rape.

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* Poor, poor Literature/MercyThompson. Every one of the covers shows someone presumably intended to be Mercy posing way too voluptuously to be healthy, wearing {{Stripperiffic}} clothes that she probably wouldn't be caught dead in. They also apparently took the fact that she has a tattoo of a coyote's footprint on her stomach and ran with it, since they also give her all sorts of mutually-contradictory and extensive body art.
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art. This is made [[UnfortunateImplications very icky]] when you consider that one of the books deals surprisingly sensitively with the long-term psychological effects of rape.



* The covers of the latest editions of the ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' novels [[http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tarnsman-Gor-John-Norman/dp/0759283834/ certainly give the prospective reader an idea of what to expect from the books]] ({{NSFW}}) but still, you wouldn't want to read that on the bus.

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* The covers of the latest editions of the ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' novels [[http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tarnsman-Gor-John-Norman/dp/0759283834/ certainly give the prospective reader an idea of what to expect from the books]] ({{NSFW}}) ({{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW) but still, you wouldn't want to read that on the bus.



* [[http://www.daemon.cz/kniha/1880/norton-andre-lackey--krev-elfu.htm This]] local mutation of ''Elvenblood'', second book of ''TheHalfbloodChronicles''. It's a YA novel. All main female characters are teenage girls. The most intimate moment of the book is a kiss.
* Early [[TheGuardians Guardian]] novels are plagued by covers such as [[http://meljeanbrook.com/books/the-guardian-series/demon-angel this]]. It's an UrbanFantasy series about the battle between angels and demons going on behind the {{Masquerade}}. The guy with the wings? A literal KnightInShiningArmor who purposefully dresses like a monk. Later covers have gotten better, showing a fully clothed model striking a heroic pose.

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* [[http://www.daemon.cz/kniha/1880/norton-andre-lackey--krev-elfu.htm This]] local mutation of ''Elvenblood'', second book of ''TheHalfbloodChronicles''.''Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles''. It's a YA novel. All main female characters are teenage girls. The most intimate moment of the book is a kiss.
* Early [[TheGuardians [[Literature/TheGuardiansMeljeanBrook Guardian]] novels are plagued by covers such as [[http://meljeanbrook.com/books/the-guardian-series/demon-angel this]]. It's an UrbanFantasy series about the battle between angels and demons going on behind the {{Masquerade}}. The guy with the wings? A literal KnightInShiningArmor who purposefully dresses like a monk. Later covers have gotten better, showing a fully clothed model striking a heroic pose.



* The [[LongRunner various]] Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novels have covers that run the gamut between [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8c/Algebra_of_Ice.jpg stylish]] and [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d5/Camera_Obscura_%28Doctor_Who%29.jpg classy]] to [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/67/Left_Handed_Hummingbird.jpg fairly]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0f/Spiral_Scratch.jpg gawdawful]], with the occasional venture into "[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b3/Mad_Dogs_and_Englishmen.jpg aided and abetted]] by [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs recreational narcotics]]" territory. Although most of them are at least reasonable reflections of the events in the book (even the last one, since the book ''also'' appears to have been aided by recreational narcotics).

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* The [[LongRunner [[LongRunners various]] Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novels have covers that run the gamut between [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8c/Algebra_of_Ice.jpg stylish]] and [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d5/Camera_Obscura_%28Doctor_Who%29.jpg classy]] to [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/67/Left_Handed_Hummingbird.jpg fairly]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0f/Spiral_Scratch.jpg gawdawful]], with the occasional venture into "[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b3/Mad_Dogs_and_Englishmen.jpg aided and abetted]] by [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs recreational narcotics]]" territory. Although most of them are at least reasonable reflections of the events in the book (even the last one, since the book ''also'' appears to have been aided by recreational narcotics).



* Subverted nicely by the content of ''Azure Bonds'', a ForgottenRealms novel, the cover of which displays its protagonist in [[ChainmailBikini cleavage-displaying chainmail]]. In the book itself, this suit of armor actually appears in a scene where someone intends to [[spoiler: use the protagonist as a sacrifice]]: a valid reason not to protect the vital organs!

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* Subverted nicely by the content of ''Azure Bonds'', a ForgottenRealms TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms novel, the cover of which displays its protagonist in [[ChainmailBikini cleavage-displaying chainmail]]. In the book itself, this suit of armor actually appears in a scene where someone intends to [[spoiler: use the protagonist as a sacrifice]]: a valid reason not to protect the vital organs!



* The reprint covers for the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' definitely comes across this way, but the worst offender in them is ''The Woman Who Rides Like A Man'', which looks like it would belong better on a {{Twilight}} [[http://adkwriter15.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/song-of-the-lioness.png poster]]. Needless to say, fans weren't so happy. This is particularly also misleading in that it makes it seem as if the romance is a large part of it (it isn't), and that its set in modern times (which it certainly is not). It also makes it look like the LoveTriangle and/or CockFight will be a major subplot, when in fact the two guys never actually share a scene in the novel.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/BatbS.jpg The cover for ''Chrysalis'']], which contains 9 of RobertReed's short stories translated into French, has a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe white-skinned and naked alien woman]] emerging from an egg-like sphere on an ice covered world. None of the stories contain said white skinned space babe, and instead deal with things like the autobiography of long-gone [[StarfishAlien intelligent plasma entities]] at the start of the universe, written into the shape of the galaxies, or how football would work with players whose genes had been spliced at conception for more strength or aggression.
* The Japanese edition of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novels has this in spades: [[http://www.hayakawa-online.co.jp/SOIAF/book.html The Japanese covers]] look like something ripped out from ''RecordOfLodossWar'', and while those covers are good, they can give you ''the wrong idea'' about what the novels are really about.

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* The reprint covers for the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' definitely comes across this way, but the worst offender in them is ''The Woman Who Rides Like A Man'', which looks like it would belong better on a {{Twilight}} ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' [[http://adkwriter15.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/song-of-the-lioness.png poster]]. Needless to say, fans weren't so happy. This is particularly also misleading in that it makes it seem as if the romance is a large part of it (it isn't), and that its set in modern times (which it certainly is not). It also makes it look like the LoveTriangle and/or CockFight will be a major subplot, when in fact the two guys never actually share a scene in the novel.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/BatbS.jpg The cover for ''Chrysalis'']], which contains 9 of RobertReed's short stories translated into French, has a [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe white-skinned and naked alien woman]] emerging from an egg-like sphere on an ice covered world. None of the stories contain said white skinned space babe, and instead deal with things like the autobiography of long-gone [[StarfishAlien [[StarfishAliens intelligent plasma entities]] at the start of the universe, written into the shape of the galaxies, or how football would work with players whose genes had been spliced at conception for more strength or aggression.
* The Japanese edition of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' novels has this in spades: [[http://www.hayakawa-online.co.jp/SOIAF/book.html The Japanese covers]] look like something ripped out from ''RecordOfLodossWar'', ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'', and while those covers are good, they can give you ''the wrong idea'' about what the novels are really about.



* Margaret Mitchell (author of "GoneWithTheWind") wrote a book while she was in her teens called "Lost Layson". It was published posthumously, mainly for the curiosity of her fans. The story? A sailor worships a woman from afar--and never even works up the nerve to talk to her. The cover? A lovely young woman with long flowing hair and her dress slipping off her shoulder being tenderly embraced from behind by a handsome, hunky man.

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* Margaret Mitchell (author of "GoneWithTheWind") ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'') wrote a book while she was in her teens called "Lost Layson". It was published posthumously, mainly for the curiosity of her fans. The story? A sailor worships a woman from afar--and never even works up the nerve to talk to her. The cover? A lovely young woman with long flowing hair and her dress slipping off her shoulder being tenderly embraced from behind by a handsome, hunky man.



* Many covers of ''ALittlePrincess'' feature a blonde girl on the cover, like [[http://www.amazon.ca/Little-Princess-Frances-Hodgson-Burnett/dp/1617204005/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410414574&sr=1-2&keywords=A+Little+Princess+Frances+Hodgson+Burnett this one]], despite the main character Sara being explicitly described as black-haired.

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* Many covers of ''ALittlePrincess'' ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' feature a blonde girl on the cover, like [[http://www.amazon.ca/Little-Princess-Frances-Hodgson-Burnett/dp/1617204005/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410414574&sr=1-2&keywords=A+Little+Princess+Frances+Hodgson+Burnett this one]], despite the main character Sara being explicitly described as black-haired.



* Some ''Series/DoctorWho'' novelization covers fell into this, particularly the American reprints by Pinnacle. Not for scantily-clad women, mind, but for wild inaccuracies. [[http://images.google.com/imgres?q=day+of+the+daleks+novelization&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1366&bih=576&tbm=isch&tbnid=OhZsPqlH9b8L0M:&imgrefurl=http://drwhonovels.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/day-of-the-daleks/&docid=M3__5Mb8pYau4M&itg=1&imgurl=http://drwhonovels.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/day-of-the-daleks.jpg&w=240&h=398&ei=-PHCUPX3LImByAH3soHoAw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=2&sig=103117808927916559300&page=1&tbnh=149&tbnw=90&start=0&ndsp=28&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:86&tx=57&ty=93 This]] beauty, "Day of the Daleks," features a (very cool) UNIT spaceship, a Dalek with pink hemispheres and ''two'' gunsticks, and something that's ''supposed'' to be an Ogron. Mind, TropesAreNotBad--the "Dinosaur Invasion" cover is ''epic''.

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* Some ''Series/DoctorWho'' novelization covers fell into this, particularly the American reprints by Pinnacle. Not for scantily-clad women, mind, but for wild inaccuracies. [[http://images.google.com/imgres?q=day+of+the+daleks+novelization&hl=en&tbo=d&biw=1366&bih=576&tbm=isch&tbnid=OhZsPqlH9b8L0M:&imgrefurl=http://drwhonovels.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/day-of-the-daleks/&docid=M3__5Mb8pYau4M&itg=1&imgurl=http://drwhonovels.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/day-of-the-daleks.jpg&w=240&h=398&ei=-PHCUPX3LImByAH3soHoAw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=2&sig=103117808927916559300&page=1&tbnh=149&tbnw=90&start=0&ndsp=28&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:86&tx=57&ty=93 This]] beauty, "Day of the Daleks," features a (very cool) UNIT spaceship, a Dalek with pink hemispheres and ''two'' gunsticks, and something that's ''supposed'' to be an Ogron. Mind, TropesAreNotBad--the [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]--the "Dinosaur Invasion" cover is ''epic''.



** Grindcore, which already is death metal UpToEleven, has brought us (probably the most {{NSFW}} link on the page!) [[http://www.metal-archives.com/images/4/8/7/0/48708.jpg Kutschurft.]] The name is Dutch for cuntscabies, and that's what you get to see, too.

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** Grindcore, which already is death metal UpToEleven, has brought us (probably the most {{NSFW}} {{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW link on the page!) [[http://www.metal-archives.com/images/4/8/7/0/48708.jpg Kutschurft.]] The name is Dutch for cuntscabies, and that's what you get to see, too.



*** The ''Virgin Killer'' cover art, in particular, is so controversial that in late 2008, it caused the album's [[ThatOtherWiki Wikipedia]] article to be temporarily [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IWF_block_of_Wikipedia blocked in the UK]], then subsequently reversed thanks to political backlash and the StreisandEffect.

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*** The ''Virgin Killer'' cover art, in particular, is so controversial that in late 2008, it caused the album's [[ThatOtherWiki Wikipedia]] Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} article to be temporarily [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IWF_block_of_Wikipedia blocked in the UK]], then subsequently reversed thanks to political backlash and the StreisandEffect.



* Music/{{Chumbawamba}}'s ''[[http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/images/B000006XLA/sr=8-8/qid=1228923256/ref=dp_image_text_0/278-6562701-6747319?ie=UTF8&n=229816&s=music&qid=1228923256&sr=8-8 Anarchy]]''was also sold in brown paper packaging. ('''{{NSFW}}!''') So you know without looking at the link, its a baby being born! To be more specific only the head is out and it's covered in blood. But it's in profile, and could have been even grosser.

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* Music/{{Chumbawamba}}'s ''[[http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/images/B000006XLA/sr=8-8/qid=1228923256/ref=dp_image_text_0/278-6562701-6747319?ie=UTF8&n=229816&s=music&qid=1228923256&sr=8-8 Anarchy]]''was also sold in brown paper packaging. ('''{{NSFW}}!''') ('''{{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW!''') So you know without looking at the link, its a baby being born! To be more specific only the head is out and it's covered in blood. But it's in profile, and could have been even grosser.



* The [=LP=] release of [[TheWho Keith Moon's]] solo album, ''Two Sides of the Moon'', showed Moon riding in a car on the cover. The window through which Moon is seen is cut through on the sleeve, so that the art varies depending on how the inner sleeve is inserted. Either he's looking out through the window while clutching a cane, or he's, appropriately enough, ''mooning'' the camera.

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* The [=LP=] release of [[TheWho [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon's]] solo album, ''Two Sides of the Moon'', showed Moon riding in a car on the cover. The window through which Moon is seen is cut through on the sleeve, so that the art varies depending on how the inner sleeve is inserted. Either he's looking out through the window while clutching a cane, or he's, appropriately enough, ''mooning'' the camera.



* Symphonic ProgressiveRock band Ars Nova have several such album covers, but the Japanese cover for the album ''Biogenesis Project'' tops them all. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ars_Nova_-_Biogenesis_Project_5972.jpeg Behold]] (warning: '''{{NSFW}}!''')
* 70's rock band Mom's Apple Pie has one from their SelfTitledAlbum. [[http://static.gigwise.com/gallery/3235512_momsapplepie.jpg It looks completely innocent at first glance]], but just look closely at the apple pie. FreudWasRight. (''' {{NSFW}}''' to an extent)

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* Symphonic ProgressiveRock band Ars Nova have several such album covers, but the Japanese cover for the album ''Biogenesis Project'' tops them all. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ars_Nova_-_Biogenesis_Project_5972.jpeg Behold]] (warning: '''{{NSFW}}!''')
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* 70's rock band Mom's Apple Pie has one from their SelfTitledAlbum. [[http://static.gigwise.com/gallery/3235512_momsapplepie.jpg It looks completely innocent at first glance]], but just look closely at the apple pie. FreudWasRight. (''' {{NSFW}}''' {{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW''' to an extent)



* Music/MileyCyrus's 2013 album ''Music/{{Bangerz}}'', which has several alternative covers all featuring Miley on a [[DiscoDan deliberately uncool]] [[{{Retraux}} 1980s-style backdrop]] that does not fit either the music or her image. At least one of the covers features her in a heavily filtered shot surrounded by roses, with a square crop around the edge that doesn't even go up the edge of the artwork, looking like a crappy internet signature from the 90s.
* The 2001 recording of Music/JohannSebastianBach's St. Matthew Passion on Teldec, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, has a trussed-up lamb on the cover. Even though ItMakesSenseInContext, it's a fairly unnerving image.

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* Music/MileyCyrus's 2013 album ''Music/{{Bangerz}}'', which has several alternative covers all featuring Miley on a [[DiscoDan deliberately uncool]] [[{{Retraux}} 1980s-style backdrop]] that does not fit either the music or her image. At least one of the covers features her in a heavily filtered shot surrounded by roses, with a square crop around the edge that doesn't even go up the edge of the artwork, looking like a crappy internet Internet signature from the 90s.
* The 2001 recording of Music/JohannSebastianBach's Creator/JohannSebastianBach's St. Matthew Passion on Teldec, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, has a trussed-up lamb on the cover. Even though ItMakesSenseInContext, it's a fairly unnerving image.



* The proposed covers for the 4th edition of ''{{GURPS}}'' were so poorly received that Steve Jackson Games ran a design contest. An [[FreudWasRight unfortunately-shaped]] rocket launcher dubbed the "dildo gun" became [[MemeticMutation a meme]].

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* The proposed covers for the 4th edition of ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' were so poorly received that Steve Jackson Games ran a design contest. An [[FreudWasRight unfortunately-shaped]] rocket launcher dubbed the "dildo gun" became [[MemeticMutation a meme]].



* The cover of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena''. Forget about the engaging WideOpenSandbox: in this cover, there's a barbarian girl in skanky {{Stripperiffic}} {{Breast Plate}}s, the likes of which appears nowhere in the rather {{Fanservice}}less game. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' was luckier in this respect, featuring a poorly-drawn rendition of the Underking clawing at the cover, while ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' finally settled for the minimalistic path and used Dunmer tapestry.

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* The cover of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena''. Forget about the engaging WideOpenSandbox: in this cover, there's a barbarian girl in skanky {{Stripperiffic}} {{Breast Plate}}s, [[ChainmailBikini Breast Plates]], the likes of which appears nowhere in the rather {{Fanservice}}less game. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' was luckier in this respect, featuring a poorly-drawn rendition of the Underking clawing at the cover, while ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' finally settled for the minimalistic path and used Dunmer tapestry.



** To add insult to injury [[spoiler: Jeanette doesn't even exist outside of her sister's broken mind]]

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** To add insult to injury [[spoiler: Jeanette doesn't even exist outside of her sister's broken mind]]mind]].



* In addition to not [[OffModel looking]] [[CoversAlwaysLie like]] the in-game graphics, the [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/sms/image/588116.html?box=3847 Western box art]] for ''PhantasyStar'' may also count as a Contemptible Cover.

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* In addition to not [[OffModel looking]] [[CoversAlwaysLie like]] the in-game graphics, the [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/sms/image/588116.html?box=3847 Western box art]] for ''PhantasyStar'' ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' may also count as a Contemptible Cover.



* ''Every single installment'' of ''{{Spellforce}}'' series has a [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily clad]] woman in the cover art.

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* ''Every single installment'' of ''{{Spellforce}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Spellforce}}'' series has a [[{{Stripperiffic}} scantily clad]] woman in the cover art.



* The infamous [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/image/198843.html?box=28033 box art]] of the first ''{{Suikoden}}'' game resembles the cover of a bad fantasy novel.

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* The infamous [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/image/198843.html?box=28033 box art]] of the first ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''Franchise/{{Suikoden}}'' game resembles the cover of a bad fantasy novel.



* The box art of ''KarnaajRally'' was so notoriously ridiculous that it made Seanbaby [[http://www.seanbaby.com/nes/karnaajrally.htm infamously review this game solely based on the cover]].
** After he eventually played it and found it a not very bad game, he congratulated the graphic artists for tricking him into avoiding it.

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* The box art of ''KarnaajRally'' was so notoriously ridiculous that it made Seanbaby Creator/{{Seanbaby}} [[http://www.seanbaby.com/nes/karnaajrally.htm infamously review this game solely based on the cover]].
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cover]]. After he eventually played it and found it a not very bad game, he congratulated the graphic artists for tricking him into avoiding it.



* The cover for ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' has a monster stalking you on the front cover. It looks more like a duck quacking at you than a horribly deformed monster stalking you in one of the most creepy games to have come out in recent years.
** It also completely defies the winning formula the game has of making the creature scarier by not allowing you, the player, to get a good look at it.

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* The cover for ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' has a monster stalking you on the front cover. It looks more like a duck quacking at you than a horribly deformed monster stalking you in one of the most creepy games to have come out in recent years.
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years. It also completely defies the winning formula the game has of making the creature scarier by not allowing you, the player, to get a good look at it.



* ''TheGuardianLegend'' was distributed in North America by BroderbundSoftware, who gave it [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6a/TGL_Box.jpg this rather disturbing cover]]. It has nothing to do with the game, but greatly resembles the poster for the 1985 SF/horror movie ''Creature''.

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* ''TheGuardianLegend'' ''VideoGame/TheGuardianLegend'' was distributed in North America by BroderbundSoftware, Creator/BroderbundSoftware, who gave it [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6a/TGL_Box.jpg this rather disturbing cover]]. It has nothing to do with the game, but greatly resembles the poster for the 1985 SF/horror movie ''Creature''.
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* An in-universe example is in the fourth DiaryOfAWimpyKid book where Greg owned a fantasy novel, which his mother disapproved of because she didn't like how the cover portrayed women. (It had an attractive looking barbarian woman in a badass pose slaughtering monsters) Greg admits he had read the entire book, and nowhere does this character appear, nor any women at all for that matter.
---> Greg: I wonder if the person who designed the cover even READ the book.
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* The sleeve for the single "Infected" by Music/TheThe depicts the devil [[ADateWithRosiePalms enjoying himself]], so to speak.
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