Male Writer Tries to Imitate Male and Female Fantasy Novel Poses

Jim C. Hines as Conan

Fantasy author Jim C. Hine tries posing as both male and female characters from fantasy novel covers. His conclusions:

  1. Men on book covers are indeed posed shirtless in ways that show off their musculature. However…
  2. Male poses do not generally emphasize sexuality at the expense of all other considerations.
  3. Male poses do emphasize the character’s power and strength in a way many (most?) female cover poses don’t.
  4. When posed with a woman, the man will usually be in the dominant, more powerful posture.
  5. Male poses do not generally require a visit to the chiropractor afterward.

Jim C. Hine: Striking a Pose (Women and Fantasy Covers)
Jim C. Hine: Posing Like a Man
See also:
A contortionist/martial artist says he can’t imitate that female fighting pose from comic books
Escher Girls: Redrawing Embarrassing Comic Book Women

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