When I started reading Cold Fusion by Harper Fox, I found myself staring at the book cover and wondering why it was so familiar. It only took me a minute to realize… I’d seen that model on another book cover!
You know those trashy celebrity magazines that you read in the grocery store check-out lane? I always love the “Who Wore It Better” section, where two celebs end up in the same dress or suit. So, all in good fun, here’s the book cover edition!
Disclaimer: I am not a fashion expert. Or, really, an expert in anything.
I’m torn here. I love the covers for both Cold Fusion and Fall & Rising (both by Kanaxa), but I think F&R wins for me. I love the blues! I really love this cover model… he’s very elegant. (Here are some different photos of the same model in other poses, for your viewing pleasure.)
And still with the Cold Fusion cover, I realized that I’d seen the other model before as well! But Kanaxa’s cover definitely wins this round for me.
I think the cover for Nicolas wears it best for me, with the transparency and soft edges. I guess there aren’t many photos of handsome men wearing fur coats.
A quick glance around the internet found this particular cover model on over a dozen more covers (also here, here, here, aaaaand here). I guess he just has a really fabulous back! I only chose these two, which were the best two that I found, but seriously guys. Maybe stop using this cover model? It’s seriously overdone. I can’t even choose a winner here.
This model is way hotter in some of his other photos (in my opinion), but I can see the appeal on these covers! (Okay I just want to run my hands through his marvelous hair!) I think Kanaxa’s cover wins this for me (again with the blues!), but I still think the pose is awkward.
This is a case of a very distinctive model being used, which I think isn’t always a good thing. I couldn’t actually find anything further for the model himself, though. It’s weird to see a cover artist use the same model over and over, but I think Trevann’s cover is better. (Okay, I’m biased. I’ll choose blue every time!)
I actually really dislike this model personally, but I’ll give the LA Witt cover (by Angela Waters) credit for altering the coloring and contrast. While both covers are from the same publisher, it’s two different cover artists.
There are only a limited number of stock photo models out there, and even fewer when you narrow down by genre. Most authors and publishers can’t justify the cost of a private shoot for every book they release. So it’s not surprising to see the same model pop up again and again.
Someday I want to do a post of the ridiculous number of Men In White Wifebeaters, or a Collage Of Chest Muscles, because those covers are pretty overdone too!
Who do you think “wore” it better?