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14th Jun '18 7:21:24 PM Ironsheepengine
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*[[http://www.codiekitty.com/File/FlinxCovers/index.htm Codiekitty]] here states her issues with the modern covers of the [[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Pip & Flinx Adventures]], summing up several covers as, "A Photoshop masturbated image of some kid with eye shadow, an annoying glare straight out of the [[VideoGame/TeamIcoSeries Team ICO]] school of art direction, and word art from the title card of some cheesy black and white Science Fiction movie."
16th May '18 7:31:07 PM WardenDresden42
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** This is hilariously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYrRq5U5kcc this]] video from CollegeHumor. "It doesn't matter what the video is about; just have a butt in the thumbnail and people will watch it." Since the video has [[TruthInTelevision nearly 2 million views]]...
13th May '18 5:09:38 AM BlackMageJ
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* Subverted nicely by the content of ''Azure Bonds'', a 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!
** Unfortunately, the character is still wearing that outfit on the cover of her next book, which tries to justify it by claiming that the armor has heavy protective spells on it. How this is supposed to work with the previous explanation is... not very clear.

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* Subverted nicely by the content of ''Azure Bonds'', a TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms novel, the cover of which displays its protagonist protagonist, Alias, in [[ChainmailBikini cleavage-displaying chainmail]]. In This outfit does appear 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 novel, but it's not her normal adventuring attire- she's forced to wear it by a villain, and [[spoiler:it's speficially designed ''not'' to protect the her vital organs!
organs so that they can sacrifice her]].
** Unfortunately, Less justifiably, when Alias reappears in ''Song of the character is Saurials'', she's still wearing that the same outfit on the cover of her next book, which tries cover. We're told that she chose to justify keep it by claiming and had it enchanted so that the armor has heavy protective spells on it. How this is supposed opening was covered by a magical shield, but one wonders why she'd have gone to work with the previous explanation is... not very clear.such expense when she could just get something less impractical to start with.
11th May '18 4:10:15 PM BattleMaster
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* Not even the Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse is immune. Behold [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:D.R.T..jpg the cover]] for "D.R.T." (It's an acronym for "Dead Right There" and is every bit as awkward and forced a phrase as it sounds.) The events as pictured... kind of happen at the climax of the story, but the distressing amount of emphasis on every bit of the anatomy of the man on the left and the somewhat unusual posing overall leaves explanations of the cover confusing at best. If it looks uncannily familiar, it should be--it's by Creator/BorisVallejo, one of several such covers. Amusingly, his [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:The_Price_of_Glory_%28reprint%29.jpg Battletech]] [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:Close_Quarters.jpg women]] all look considerably more reasonable, even if his [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:Ideal_War.jpg understanding of Battlemechs]] is a tad loose.

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* Not even the Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse is ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' novels are immune. Behold [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:D.R.T..jpg the cover]] for "D.R.T." (It's an acronym for "Dead Right There" and is every bit as awkward and forced a phrase as it sounds.) The events as pictured... kind of happen at the climax of the story, but the distressing amount of emphasis on every bit of the anatomy of the man on the left and the somewhat unusual posing overall leaves explanations of the cover confusing at best. If it looks uncannily familiar, it should be--it's by Creator/BorisVallejo, one of several such covers. Amusingly, his [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:The_Price_of_Glory_%28reprint%29.jpg Battletech]] [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:Close_Quarters.jpg women]] all look considerably more reasonable, even if his [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:Ideal_War.jpg understanding of Battlemechs]] is a tad loose.
19th Apr '18 10:40:22 AM BeerBaron
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' is where the series' settled on the minimalistic cover art it is now known for, averting it ever since.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' is where the series' settled on the minimalistic cover art MinimalisticCoverArt it is now known for, averting it ever since.
26th Mar '18 9:07:07 AM Anicomicgeek
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* The Juan Jose Ryp cover to issue 4 of ''ComicBook/FrankMillersRoboCop'' features [[https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/1/11307/363621-20346-128122-2-frank-miller-s-roboc.jpg a bloodied Lewis drawn in such a way that she resembled a pole dancer]]. His covers for some of the other issues also features scantily-clad women.

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* The Juan Jose Ryp Creator/JuanJoseRyp cover to issue 4 of ''ComicBook/FrankMillersRoboCop'' features [[https://static.comicvine.com/uploads/scale_large/1/11307/363621-20346-128122-2-frank-miller-s-roboc.jpg a bloodied Lewis drawn in such a way that she resembled a pole dancer]]. His covers for some of the other issues also features scantily-clad women.
18th Mar '18 8:18:21 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* ''The Seer'' by the Music/{{Swans}} is an example of a Contemptible ''Back'' Cover. The front cover, which shows a stylized wolf head, isn't likely to cause offense. The back cover, which shows the wolf's butthole, on the other hand...
16th Mar '18 3:34:07 PM nombretomado
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** A particularly {{egregious}} example would be the ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Doom-Odin-Tales-Norse-Gods/dp/0970796161 Doom of Odin: Tales of the Norse Gods]]'' book, which has an "archer" (well, she ''is'' holding a bow) who appears to be performing a hot squat.

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** A particularly {{egregious}} {{JustForFun/egregious}} example would be the ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Doom-Odin-Tales-Norse-Gods/dp/0970796161 Doom of Odin: Tales of the Norse Gods]]'' book, which has an "archer" (well, she ''is'' holding a bow) who appears to be performing a hot squat.
16th Mar '18 3:20:14 PM Jake
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* Not even self-published works are completely immune to this. Website/{{Smashwords}} maintains a helpful list of cover designers for the aspiring writer, many of whom offer... drumroll please... "premade covers". They're cheaper than having one designed to order, but are inevitably the blandest and most generic combination of Photoshopped-together stock images imaginable. They're probably slightly better than nothing, but if you've ever wondered why a lot of ebooks seem to have such bland and forgettable covers, now you know.
13th Mar '18 5:21:18 PM Scoutstr295
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* The original UK poster for Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'' was deemed "too shocking and disturbing" for the public and was quickly recalled following several complaints. [[https://www.vintagemovieposters.co.uk/shop/hannibal-movie-poster/ It's easy to see why.]]
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