- Vampires and zombies. Come on, hasn't this fad run its course yet?
- Cover art and book design for Baen Books. (See, for example, the Honor Harrington series.)
- Titles or author's names rendered with anything resembling Olde English Text font.
- The steampunk genre. And Victorian-era filigree. Yes, I played the Bioshock video game. Until I got permanently stuck. But the aesthetic did little for me.
- Cover art on several books in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
- The fad of showing a cloaked and hooded character on the cover, frequently without showing any facial features.
Oh - wait, wait, wait. Something unrelated that also annoys me: depicting Native American women in paintings as young Caucasian women wearing make-up.