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Um, publishers? I think we need to talk.

Why the fuck does the current cover for Squire focus on the model's chest? For that matter, why is the cover for First Test the only one in the quartet to show the whole face? Page is focused on her sword...which is crossed over her chest. I don't even know what Lady Knight is supposed to be focused on but cropping the picture just above the model's nose? Seriously?

I mean, I'm not a huge fan of the current Daine covers either, but at least they have a face on the cover.


(Image description: The current cover of Squire, showing a green-washed female's chest with a lot less armor than I think is practical.)

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sour_idealist
Jul. 20th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
WHAT WHAT WHAAAAT. SMH.

(I have hated every Tamora Pierce cover redesign I've ever seen. The ones I had when I was first getting into her were these really awesome actual pictures, sort of classical-like style, bright colors, plot-relevant details, not very stylized, really right for the tone of the books and the message and all. Basically things that looked like actual illustrations being put on the cover. I miss those.)
simply_shipping
Jul. 20th, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
I know! When I first saw the (new) cover of Squire I had to stop myself from ripping it off. I wanted my Kel-holding-a-griffin-and-looking-badass-and-bruised cover! A lot of the time I hate cover redesigns for any book, just because it's not what I'm used to any more and how dare they sscrew around with my books and make it so that replacement copies no longer match the rest of the set. But for the Tamora Pierce ones, I actually have legitimate complaints for...almost all of them.

Except Bloodhound. My only real complaint for that is that I prefer the picture taking up the full cover, and that now it doesn't match Terrier. And I suppose the current Alanna ones (with the black border) at least reflects the plot, even if I think she looks possessed.

But the Daine and Kel covers? Fuck that noise. Not a big fan of the Aly colors either, because they're also just the "here's a picture of a model, enjoy" version of things.

Circle covers seem to have fared better, though I haven't really gone looking. Mine don't get as much wear as the Tortall books.
simply_shipping
Jul. 20th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
The Aly covers, not colors. My fingers are clumsy today.
sour_idealist
Jul. 20th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, changes often bug me too, but then slapping gross male-gaze-y covers on these of all the POSSIBLE THINGS, EXCUSE ME WHILST I SET THINGS ON FIRE WITH MY MIND.

And the Aly ones bug me a lot, both because of the half-face-model thing and because come on, couldn't we could have done something dramatic with Sarai and Dove as well as Aly? But no, white girl on the cover and go.

But I love the Beka covers! And I... haven't actually scene any more recent Circle ones that I can think of, at all. Huh.
simply_shipping
Jul. 20th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
The Beka covers are lovely. I just dislike changing the style mid-series. XD

And yeah, slapping that cover on THIS SERIES... After I hunt down and, y'know, be uncharacteristically violent to whoever decided on this, I just feel like asking them, "Do you even go here?" Because srsly. Of ALL THE BOOKS you could have given that cover to (not that they'd be much better), you chose THIS ONE?

I wish I could draw better covers for the books. Maybe I'll go see if I can hunt down Sarai and Dove fanart. And if there isn't any, I shall cry.
sour_idealist
Jul. 21st, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm with you there. Consistency, do you speak it?

And just... yeah. Yeah. Proposed law: COVER ARTISTS MUST READ THE DAMN BOOK. Especially for re-designs when there's more time for it. Giving the authors input could help too...

Yeah, drawing is probably the skill I want to have the most. (Maybe after singing.)
simply_shipping
Jul. 21st, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
At least there are some decent Sarai and Dove pictures on DA to keep me happy. Though some of the artists seem to have forgotten that they're, y'know, not white. x.x
sour_idealist
Jul. 22nd, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
...Oh, fandom. Feel free to change any time. Now would work. *headdesk* The books made it pretty clear that they don't take after their father, either.
simply_shipping
Jul. 22nd, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
To be fair, most of the art, especially the better art, seems to have remembered that. But I am side-eyeing SO HARD at the ones who managed to ignore it.
sour_idealist
Jul. 22nd, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too; really that's the only possible response. Erk. Good thing some of it doesn't have that problem, though.
simply_shipping
Jul. 22nd, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
I recommend any and all of the drawings by ~Sohalias-Light if you ever go looking. Spectacular. ~Minuiko has some nice ones as well.
sour_idealist
Jul. 23rd, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've actually been having a lot of trouble with getting DevArt to actually work, lately. Possibly listening to my computer when it tells me to update things would help.
simply_shipping
Jul. 23rd, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
But obeying your computer is a step towards the future where robots are our evil overlords! Ignoring update messages is part of the fight to save humanity! You're a hero! ...Or something. See, this is what happens when I don't get enough sleep. XD
sour_idealist
Jul. 23rd, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Hee! I think it's just a step towards not murdering my computer, though.
menoreiel
Jul. 20th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
I... WHAT?! Sorry, my outrage here is large. Vast even. I know Tamora Pierce doesn't have control over her cover art. But still. Faces please, people. And I love the Kel holding a griffin cover.

Also, hi! long time no see.
simply_shipping
Jul. 20th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have no rage towards Tammy. But her publishers? Yeah, aaaaaaall raged up.

And hi! :D What's new?
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