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Trends in Fantasy Book Cover

Really interesting graphic on Fantasy book cover trends. Seemed everything went down from 2008 to 2009, though I wonder if that was because of the growing trend of covers across the board leaning toward the symbolic rather than depictions of characters and scenes. I’ve seen that a lot on new book covers these days.

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When you look at thriller book covers, you can usually spot knives, blood, ghostly women in white, vampires and dark backgrounds.

Book covers from every genre have many similarities and it is undeniably true. If you are a fantasy writer, probably you can relate to the trends shown in the infographic above.

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  1. From the graphic, it seems that almost everything dropped -maybe that’s why they chose new elements to track [?]. I look mostly at sci-fi and fantasy covers – I’ve noticed a trend towards the (well-known) author’s name IN HUGE FONT. The title of the book is an afterthought and sometimes there is barely any cover art at all. One small object floating on a white background was popular for a while. I’ve read a cover should quickly tell the reader the genre of the book – that great art may make a poor cover.
    Thanks for the post – very interesting.


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