Fantasy author Jim Hines tried to pose like the characters on the cover of his novels and others in the same genre. His takeaway:
I spent the rest of last night with pain running through most of my back. Even the pose in The Shape of Desire, which first struck me as rather low-key, is difficult to imitate and feels really forced. Trying to launch my chest and buttocks in two different directions a la Vicious Grace? Just ow.
Alyssa Rosenberg comments:
If images like these are supposed to be what we find attractive, then maybe what we find attractive isn’t really human.