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11 January 2012 @ 05:32 pm
Jim Hines Strikes a Pose  
Jim Hines decides to show, not tell, how impractical and downright uncomfortable many of the poses you see women in on urban fantasy book covers. Would true warriors dress and pose like that? Reminds me of the portrayal of Mercy on Patricia Briggs' books. The art is lovely but Mercy is a practical soul trying to be taken seriously as a mechanic who owns her own shop. I hardly think she would really bare her midriff during business hours. It gives you a false impression of her character and of the books themselves, so in that sense it might be working against sales. Sure the books do well but how many turn away because they want a serious heroine and think the cover is the real Mercy?

You gotta see these poses, they are so funny. Watching a man try to get into them just makes it so obvious how ridiculous they are.

ETA: link fixed
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on January 12th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
we're running a campaign for anyone to make him recreate this live at the next con. a friend has promised to get pictures. i'm going to hang on to them and send a copy to apex jason. :snicker: it's going to be my 2012: where will jc hines appear next? project. ;)

Edited at 2012-01-12 03:23 pm (UTC)
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on January 12th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
woah. i don't have a paid account and i can edit my comments now. when did that happen??
Tapatitapati on January 12th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool!
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on January 13th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
carmy_w: CoExistcarmy_w on January 12th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hmmm-when I hover my mouse, your link appears, but it doesn't go anywhere?
Tapatitapati on January 12th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
I accidentally inserted an extra letter. Here it is: http://jimhines.livejournal.com/612200.html
carmy_w: CoExistcarmy_w on January 13th, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks!
Either our 'net was running slow yesterday, or his page was so busy that I never could get it to open! Finally got it today, and I'm adding another name to my F-list!