Survey and comparison of fantasy novel cover art, 2008/9


12 Responses to “Survey and comparison of fantasy novel cover art, 2008/9”

  1. Smartypants says:

    @ 7 With the increase in castle foreclosures and downsizing on the part of evil overlords to reduce costs, middle management henchman and entry-level minions are finding employment options are limited. The market remains flat for healers, but the thieves guilds continue to hire despite recent investigations into collusion between the major guilds and the money-changers. Some scryers anticipate an increased demand for assassins and possibly necromancers if investigations continue.

  2. cratermoon says:

    Did this chart spring from an Edward Tufte nightmare? I’m no expert, but it took some time and effort to understand what little that graphic says. Are others seeing as a bad a payoff for the effort as I?

  3. bersl2 says:

    No unicorns?


  4. solitaire says:

    Interesting chart and analysis (oh noes, teh last unicorn died) but my eyes, brain, and neck hurt from trying to read it. Reading English at right angles is the worst thing ever. You can haz photoshop:

  5. thequickbrownfox says:

    They neglected to include those penny-dreadful novels that for some reason always feature half a women’s face on the cover.

  6. Ambiguity says:

    Does this chart say anything?

    Unless I’m misreading it, everything trended down in 2009, leading us to the only possible conclusion that there were fewer books of the genre printed that year.

    Without normalization it’s really hard to take anything away from the graphic.

    • uildaan says:

      maps, hobbits and guns went up but your point still stands as they arent enough to make up the numbers.

      In for normalised graph

  7. zmower says:

    Headshots??? Chris puts down his snipers riffle and walks away whistling.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am shocked by the paucity of Zeppelins, but that may be due to this being Fantasy rather than SF.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Forgot –

    “Cats” (subcategory: ‘Winged’)

  10. MrJM says:

    “The 50% reduction in castles can only mean one thing.”

    Continuing fallout from the collapse of the real estate bubble?

  11. Anonymous says:

    “Continuing fallout from the collapse of the real estate bubble?”

    Boing. Good one.

    Everyone see that pretty green used to trends newly tracked in 2009? Methinks that accounts for the falloff in castles . . . castles have apparently faded into the mist. Or the fog.

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