I will be the first person to admit that I am a sucker for a pretty cover. I have a great and varying taste whenit comes to covers and I like to think I own quite a few stunners. As I was looking at some of them for this change of topic for top ten tuesday (as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) I realized something.
When it comes to fantasy covers that I like you can for sure find 3 topics that come back. Of course there are a few I like that don’t nessecarily fit into those 3 and I will show for them, but I seem to be drawn to 3 kind of covers the most with fantasy.
Linking this up with the month long fun Wyrd and Wonder fantasy event.
As you might have noticed, I like dragons. So it stands to reason that I would like covers with dragons. I like them front and center. I like them in the background. If it has a dragon on the cover I am bound to pick it up. Dragons over cities is also very appealing as well as attacking or fire breathing dragons. Anyway they can be shown, I’m going to like them.
Another theme that came forward was skulls or skeletons on some. There is something that hints at darkness with skulls and skeletons that draws me in. I actually quite like demon inhabited skeletons or cheeky talking skulls in stories so I think that is why I am so drawn to these kind of covers. (Also lets forget Pitch Dark is more a Sci-fi because look at how epic that cover is)
I know we sometimes like to complain about people on the cover, and I am not always a fan, but the covers up above here I think work so well WITH people on the cover. The Library of Fates cover just wouldn’t work as well without an actual person on it. With Foundryside the person gives an extra creepy vibe because of the cloack. And so on. Also look at that tiny skull on Iron Cast!
And here is my misc. section. I couldn’t not show Uprooted and Spinning Silver. They are some of my all time favorite covers that I own. They are gorgeous. I love the cover of Sorcerer to the Crown as well. The white and red contrast so nicely. Timekeeper just shows so much of what the book will have and the Dutch edition of Year One I love for the bird front and center with the colors and the city in the back.
Are there topics, themes or colors that you see in your favorite covers?