What reminds me of Hamilton’s series is the monotone, shadowy picture of a young woman’s body, particularly from behind. Some comments have said that this image is common in young adult literature; I have not seen any, and I have been looking on the web at other young adult fantasy literature. I also receive about 300 books a week in my office and this is the first young adult book that I have noticed that struck me as having a cover similar to the Hamilton series. If someone knows of another book about urban fantasy, faery courts & mortals that sports a monotone image of a young woman, please send me the title.
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These titles were put forth by Jeaniene Frost in the comments, and then were rejected by Henderson, except for PC Cast’s Betrayed, which was accepted by Henderson as similar, but then rejected because the book is about vampires, not faeries:
Next, Henderson changes her mind about what sort of book cover she’s looking for: she doesn’t want a single title, but a *series* of books with images in monotone like Hamilton’s.
The images in question– again:
Now I give you monotone and faeries:
Monotone and shapeshifters, vampires, demons and witches, etc:
Monotone couldn’t possibly be a convention of the contemporary fantasy genre? Perhaps done on purpose so a buyer knows exactly what s/he’s getting?(Yes, there’s a Buffy poster in there.*g*)
How about a few more pulled specifically from YA?
If we’re going to talk about similar covers, then we’re going to talk about whole genres and dozens of authors. We’re not going to single anyone out.
So, what do you think? Do these covers tell readers what they’re getting? Is the monotone cover overdone? How about those body shots? What do you want to see on a fantasy novel cover?