I still don’t like it though
I think all the reasons you stated are correct, maybe even logical, but I just don’t find a lot of the newer covers that intriguing or inspiring. Sometimes beautiful or stylish, but not that likely to get me (or especially my younger self) to want to crack open the book.
The examples I picked weren’t exactly the best (either as examples of amazing old-style art or as fully representative examples of the newer style) but I think they do kinda emphasize the point (which was always slightly tongue-in-cheek).
Actually, those newer WoT books are a reasonably good example of the current trend of any represenational artwork tending to be a very zoomed in view of one or two characters against a usually blurry background. Even the Gideon The Ninth one (which I like!) is again a zoomed in view of a single black-clad character against a somewhat abstract background.
Some of them are reasonably good, but I feel like the zoomed-in style removes a lot of the epic feel from them. Maybe I just like big landscapes with castles and dragons
I guess it never bothered me that much whether the cover exactly matched the story, it was more about the vibe that the cover created and the way it made me want to explore the world.
I think my rant was somewhat caused by the recent humble bundle, although that was just a last straw after looking through a bookstore.
Eg, I think Jane Yolen is a proper author. Timothy Zahn is. But we get:
The Zahn one is clearly copying the GoT novels and is just dull. The Yolen ones are kinda hard to differentiate from a lot of the of the junky YA/Romance/straight-to-kindle stuff like (randomly picked examples):
(apologies if any of these are actually decent proper novels)
Anyway, feel free to ignore my venting.
Re: Gideon the Ninth.
That cover (and cover quote) was interesting enough to get me to check out the book, or at least read the entire preview on amazon and then immediately add it to my xmas list.
The writing style is kinda weird, but by the end I was thinking it was kinda weird in a good way(?)