The more I learn about Jim C. Hines, the more I like him. Read this article from the BBC and you’ll see what I mean. Jim Hines has chosen a uniquely funny and poignant way of raising awareness about the blatant sexism on fantasy novel covers. I’ve read one of Hines’ books, Goblin Quest, and reviewed it here. You should also check out his blog. He has a lot more posts and images there on this topic, including posts about the females that appear on the covers of his own novels.
For a wannabe novelist like myself this is good stuff to think about. I know from my experience working for a publisher that while authors typically have a say in what goes on the cover, the publishing house is the one that sets the initial direction and gets to put the final stamp of approval on it.
Female readers: I’d be particularly interested to know what you think about this topic. Do you find most fantasy novel covers to be tasteless? (Spoiler: I do.) What do you think of what Hines is doing?