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One artist of fantasy covers from the seventies comes to mind that might illustrate the change: Boris Vallejo. Think heroically posed women in various states of undress, but not in the burning bodice sense of many of the romance paperbacks of the period. Today, the emphasis is not on what I might term the "pinup" covers but in displaying female protagonists in the "Matrix" or "Catsuit" fashion. Form wise the figures tend to be slimmer and taller.
Wow, I suppose I haven't met anyone as serious about covers. :)
I paint a little as a hobby and have followed the styles of fantasy covers since the 1960's. When the fantasy readership was predominantly male, the covers had certain features that appealed to that demographic. Now that the readership is predominantly female, the characteristics have shifted.
I'm looking at the covers on your Plan to Read shelf and I've an interest in cover art and design. They all seem to follow a similar theme and scheme. I'm not actually familiar with these titles. How would you characterize their genres? Particularly, I have the impression that they are the same or similar genres, just on the covers alone.
I'm glad you're enjoying the Dresden Files, but it's never too early to plan ahead. Have you read any of the Dragonlance or Death Gate Cycle novels? I'm not sure if Fantasy is your preferred genre, but I reread the Dragonlance Chronicles every other year and highly recommend it to anyone that dabbles in D&D. The Death Gate Cycle is written by the same authors as the Dragonlance Chronicles and is better than some of Terry Brooks' stuff.
Did you really like the Outlander series. I have friends that swear by it but I had a hard time getting into the characters. I made a note of what page I was on but I returned it to the library. If it is really as good as everyone else says, I will give it another try.