So I’ve discovered that once you start looking for overused stock photography, it’s a bit like falling down the rabbit hole… Shall we start with our old friend Slouching Guy? Here he is… with long hair, which looks so very natural, don’t you think? *snort*
We’ll be revisiting the other guy in the picture (Open Black Jacket Guy) in a future installment of this series. [Edited: They are the same person! Slouching Open Black Jacket Guy as his own twin?!]
Moving right along, let’s see what Shoulder Guy’s been doing.
I’m not even going to try to guess.
Weirdly, the next book involves a chocolate bodysuit somehow (I didn’t really want to know more on this one, either).
Hey, check out the advanced photoshopping technique below. Shoulder Guy, no longer floating alone in space and chocolate.
Finally, let’s see how Candy Cane Guy’s been keeping busy… Guess he took up vampire hunting. (Nice, um, stake.)
That must not have gone so well for him, based on the next cover. I had not idea that becoming a vampire with sloppy eating habits caused your hair to grow!
Unfortunate, that. Even the other cover model looks horrified.
Somehow he got his blood lust under control and got a haircut.
Then, um, he took up macrame.
But was forced to flee offworld due to a crafting misunderstanding.
When he finally returned, he went on vacation and his trademark jeans were lost in a tragic fire! O noes!
He was forced to get a job at a moving company so he could afford new jeans.
The end. I hope. (Although you’ll be seeing Looking Down Guy from the cover above again, too.)
“Taking revenge can be exhausting….. zzzzzzzz….” -Chaos
29 thoughts on “Misadventures in Stock Photography (Part the Fourth, being an update on our friends from Parts 1-3)”
Is that the biggest thing he could find?
Shopping list : buy pjs for everyone 😉
Haha, oh boy, but not as bad as slouching guy
The publishers know how to make the most of something good. Mayhem, I hope you didn’t do much damage to Chris!
No wonder I think all those covers look the same!
Who needs to read the books when the covers are so…interesting?! I like your rendition better.
Chaos, you’d better be behaving now.
LMAO. Oh, where did Candy Cane guy go wrong? This is hilarious. I’m glad he got new jeans, but I really hope he finds himself soon.
I’m so glad I wasn’t drinking coffee when I got to the stake. While prominently placed, it is a little off center, don’t you think?
those covers are hilarious (and greatly enhanced by your commentary!)
Chris- Slouching guy will need a back brace and a bra pretty soon.
Did you have a nice Christmas?
well. while some of the covers are cheesy (why add hair? who’s proofing these covers? leave well enough alone), i don’t know if i would notice the overuse of stock images if not for you pointing it out. I mean, jeans guy is smokin’. I do not mind seeing him over and over. I’m glad he survived the tragic fire and was able to buy more jeans though.
Jeans Guy and his stake cracked me up. As if we don’t already check out what he is pointing at. Thanks for the laugh.
OMG. “nice, um, stake” rofl.
The Holidays seem to have exhausted him!
I like that Lynn Lorenz cover – just call me sexist…
I swear you are a pimp with these covers – I am picking up so much books when I come over here….
Shame on you!!!!!
You never explained the deep meaning behind his neck chain. I’m disappointed.
It’s hard to decide which pictures are handsomer, the book covers or Chaos glaring balefully. 😉
ROTFL at candy cane guy and his stake! Not only did the one cover grow his hair, they turned it blond. And is it just me or does open jacket slouching guy look like shirtless slouching guy in a jacket?
Do you think these book covers are on their modeling resume? “Oh yes.. I did a few print ads and I’m also “Slouching guy” from the cover of romance novels”…
Sydney beat me to it. I’m positive that Slouching Guy and Jacket Guy are either the same guy or related.
And . . . *STILL* no sock photography. Man. Chaos is right. You are a meanie. 😉
Oh, this was hilarious! A friend told me about this entry and I had to go find all the original entries. I adore your tales of the tribulations of cover models. This made me laugh when I really needed it. And it shows me why I always beg my publisher to not have “naked male chest only” covers. Please, give me something a little unique? Pretty please? Mostly I’ve lucked out. But then I go and see “my” cover guy in different positions on other people’s covers and I get all jealous. These fellows are so fickle!
Your stock photo stories crack me up – those covers really are *something*!
I cannot believe how much both of these guys are being used! Are there *no* other six-pack-wielding guys in stock photography these days, lol? I bet both models are wishing they were getting royalties! 😉
I just scared four cats off the couch because I was laughing so hard when I got to the part where he was forced to flee off world due to a crafting misunderstanding. Well done, Chris. Well done!!!
I guess when you got “it” you got “it”. Apparently whatever “it” is, these fellas have “it”. 😉
Awesome post – Jeans guy needs to find a career path and stick with it….he sure “gets arouond”!
Hehe 🙂 They seem almost typecast…
You are brilliant AND hilarious Chris.
OMG, I’m howling over here! Poor candycane dude.
Part of the reason I find this so funny, is that the books in the antho I told you about are kinda bad like that too. No shit. Mine looks like someone is cupping his gangrenous balls, Bron’s looks like he has an unfortunate downturn in his *parts*. 🙂
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