12.29.2009

There's a theme here, but I just can't figure out what it is....



Is it just me or does Jim Butcher's cover artist have a thing for men holding swords and staves?

16 comments:

Lucy Kemnitzer said...

This is too easy a target. There's a continuity of style because the books are meant to be easily recongizable as Jim Butcher books, for one. For another, the armed stance makes sense for the books.

Phyllis said...

and it wasn't even phallic phriday! thank you, judge a book!

Anonymous said...

it's not the cover artist's fault that he has to depict the same main character book after book--a guy who is known by his hat and his staff... but if you want to make fun of this series, just say: "harry blackstone copperfield dresden, chicago's first (and only) wizard p.i."

JamiSings said...

Harry's weapon of choice is a staff. It helps him focus his fire power. Plus he's only totally awesome and the first PI I ever read about who believes you should actually care about the women you're sleeping with. Harry doesn't f**k around when it comes to the chicks. So for all his phallic symbols, he's not a player.

I haven't read Butcher's other series.

Frank said...

Well, it's phallic, but really only in the way wizards' staffs (long pieces of wood that shoot fire, after all) are inherently so. In terms of the books, they're perfect, because it's his signature weapon.

Sarah Slack said...

The English major in me has to point out Butcher's thing for super-chivalric protagonists. They may not be players, but they are super-protective (not in a chauvinistic) manly men (although I haven't read the Codex Alera books yet, I have read non-Dresden Butcher stuff). So on a practical level it makes sense that Harry Dresden is carrying his staff and the Alera guy has a sword, but on a deeper level it makes sense too, since his dudes do seem to be pretty rugged and manly.

Sexy Sadie said...

The name Jim Butcher reminds me of the name Jake Bullet from Red Dwarf.

barbarienne said...

I'm more intrigued by his penchant for fog.

Anamika Joshi said...

you know this thing in the advertising world is well known as brand recognition...i wonder how well the artist has come out with it...you see the sword and the stave and there you know that its him...well something like this caught my eyes with certain books of John Grisham - of which i have a small collection purchased online frm a1books.co.in...the thriller author has something of the same in his covers depicting his thriller story stuffs and its quiet justifiable i suppose...what say!!!

Anonymous said...

A WIZARD'S staff has KNOB on the end ...

-- Feral Boy

ZephOmega said...

A wizard's staff DOES have a nob on the end, but Harry Dresden NEVER wears a blasted hat! I could never figure out why the cover art always has him in a fedora.

JamiSings said...

Zeph - I think it's actually kind of a wide-brimmed cowboy's hat with a fedora flare. (To involk detective-like stereotypes.) After all, people are always telling Harry, because of his coat, that he looks like "He just stepped out of El Dorado" and other cowboy references.

Anonymous said...

As far as I can tell, there are only two characters between all these covers. One has a staff (cuz he's a wizard) and the other has swords (cuz he's a warrior). What else would they be doing with their hands on the covers? Reading a book? Doing jazzhands? Making a cat's cradle? There's only so many things someone can hold that AREN'T phallic.

Tools, flags, weapons, staffs, wands, torches, toothbrushes, writing implements, brooms, kitchen utensils, medical supplies, most instruments, cigars... they all pretty much look like dicks, if you want to read into them.

Unless they're holding them in the same position as a dick, or pointing them at a lady, I think this phallic stuff is a load o' hogwash.

Brother Grim said...

and looking the other way [mostly]

jane dough said...

My husband loves the Dresden Files books. Not sure about Codex Alera ones, though. I must say that they do look startlingly similar.

Kaiser said...

Both series are pretty awesome, but the covers are awfully repetitive. One would think that with so many hollywood-like-battle scenes, they could have depicted them.