Journey to the Sea

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Montage-Style Movie Posters & Book Covers

In a previous article, I compared totem poles to movie posters and book covers:

Though these great columns are undoubtedly related to narratives, the exact nature of that relationship is difficult to define. […] The figures are not arranged in any chronological order like panels in a comic book would be, nor does the pole as a whole depict one particular scene from the story like a painting world. Instead, the combination of characters together seems to suggest a particular narrative — more like a montage-style book cover or a movie poster would.

Here are some examples of popular fantasy and science fiction book covers, movie posters, and DVD box art made in this style, showing various characters from the narrative together.

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