Stupid blurbs

I don't read blurbs by authors I generally go for anyway. I don't remember reading a Neil Gaiman or Robin Hobb blurb, for example! So maybe avoiding blurbs altogether is the way to go... Although it was because of the blurb that I decided to give Twilight a miss.
 
I listen to cover blurbs when its fav authors and authors they know well. Not Stephen King name selling everybody else.

But if a fav recommends highly a similar author who he is in a writer circle in or known for many years that is more serious than just hyperbole blurb that is only marketing.
 
That's true I do take note of any author recommendations if it's an author I know and like. Mind you I have seen some signs of nepotism in that area; author A always seems to get recommendations by author B and, surprise, surprise author B always gets recommended by A.

I take somewhat less note of the paper/mag recommendations but do still consider them.

Just avoid the blurb about the content.
 
I used to read blurbs because I didn't mind spoilers, but was soon told not to even touch them, so now I don't read blurbs of anything, be it books, graphic novels, movies, tv series etc.

It's fun to finish a book (or movie) and -then- read the blurb, just to see how much of a spoiler it would have been :D
 
I used to read blurbs because I didn't mind spoilers, but was soon told not to even touch them, so now I don't read blurbs of anything, be it books, graphic novels, movies, tv series etc.

It's fun to finish a book (or movie) and -then- read the blurb, just to see how much of a spoiler it would have been :D

Oh yeah I even avoid them for TV shows now too! I had an episode of Dollhouse spoiled for me cos I read the episode description.

no such thing goes ..........probably

Come again?
 
The Back cover of The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer


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'I have not the slightest intention of making love to you ... '
Sir Richard Wyndham is a gay, high-gambling beau, a man typical of his day.
Wandering home a trifle fuddled in the cool of a London dawn, he ponders distastefully his forthcoming betrothal —
Suddenly from an upper window, a vivacious young girl, dressed as a boy, falls into his arms — and the beautiful fugitive's plight offers his own escape...


This is going to be nowhere as interesting as this blurb suggests is it?
 
I have a suspicion it's going to be disappointing, but I am holding out hopes that this woman is called "Bob".

It reminds me of one of my personal dislikes in older novels, where anyone slightly unusual is "cured" by the end of the novel (assuming they're not an outright villain or destined to die tragically, of course). I recall a seeing film where some kids fought aliens at high school. At the end, the vaguely goth kid is seen wearing bright pastels, because fighting the aliens made her "get better" or something. Recently I read quite a good detective novel from the 1950s, which was rather spoiled when the murderer turned out to be the only interesting woman in the book.

Sheridan le Fanu missed a trick not hiring me to write the end to "Carmilla".
 

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