Have you ever read the description on the back of a book and, once you started reading the book, wondered where the hell the blurb writer got their description from?
I have had quite a few books ruined for me because of the blurb on the back …. that’s not cool blurb writer.
The two that upset me the most are below ….
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern….. The blurb on the back of this book made it sound so magical and beautiful and wonderful. However the blurb overlooks the first half of the book. It jumps into the story after you’ve read almost half of it! What the hell man?! I expected the whole book to be about the circus and it wasn’t.
Now, I don’t want you guys to thinkni hated the book. I didn’t. I think I gave it 3 or 4 stars when I reviewed it. But I found it very hard to get into because I kept waiting for the circus and it wasn’t there yet.
Deceptive blurbs are the worst.
How to remedy this: Talk about the first half of the book! They should have talked about the characters and the development of the circus and its backstory. They should not have jumped right into talking about the circus.
It would have been nice for them not to tell you who was murdered ….. I mean, it’s obvious while you’re reading the book but that’s not the point! Said character doesn’t die until you’re over halfway through the book! There would have been so much more suspense had they not ruined that for me! Because it’s totally possible that they could have killed another character! There were two I thought might die…. until I read the damn description.
How to fix: Don’t say who dies unless they die in the first 20-50 pages!
Is there a book that was ruined for you because of the description on the back of the book?