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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – Relative Book Blurbs

I’m still drinking my fresh-roasted coffee with cream. I don’t really deviate until the holidays. Then it is on like donkey-kong. Exciting news. I will be starting a coffee club with my friend next week.

What are you drinking?

So never in my wildest dreams (and I have some crazy ones). Would I ever think that this topic would even come up. Your book blurb should match your story right? Well, that wasn’t the case with a book that I read recently. The blurb said something about what seemed like would be a likeable character though she would meet dire circumstances sound like a great story, right? Someone you could cheer for regardless of the circumstances.

Well, I get to page 100 out of this 222-page book and that’s the first I am seeing of this character that took resident in the back of the book. She was an orphan looking for her family instead I end up in the minds of two psychopathic killers. NOT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR!

I honestly was outraged. I take a lot of pride in being able to pick good stories from covers and book blurbs. What can you do when the blurb doesn’t match the book. I could go into all sorts of details on how unprofessional this author ended up being. That’s not the point. The point is don’t we count on books accurately representing themselves from the blurb? I know I do.

I hope that this doesn’t become an issue. It shouldn’t in my year and a half of book blogging this is the first time I’ve dealt with it. Though now I count it fodder for my discussions. On a personal note. This author was a big jerk about it. I am leaving out names and titles for a reason. I’m not here to cause trouble, I just want to find the pearls of writing and be on my merry way. Is it too much to ask to let your book blurb be indicative of what you are going to find in the story from the beginning?

What are your thoughts? How would you feel if the book blurb didn’t match the book?

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  • Kristin July 25, 2016, 7:29 am

    Ew. Nope! I can’t believe someone, especially and author would act that way. I’ve read a book or two where I read the synopsis and after reading the book was like o.0? who wrote the blurb on the back? Did they even read the book? I also have problems with covers not matching the story, too. I feel like the front and back and the two things we look at when deciding on a book. Those two things are what paints the picture for us and helps us determine whether or not the story is for us. They need to be accurate and related to the story.
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    • Jessica July 25, 2016, 4:50 pm

      Kristin! You’re back. I’ve missed you. I was on my way to come stalk you. HA HA! I consider you a friend. So I am so glad that you said something. I feel like there a lot of things coming up that I would love to get a bloggers perspective on. That situation cost me time, emotions and drama. It was extremely unpleasant. I thought of you… Wouldn’t it be nice if we had kind of a bloggers club where we could talk about these things, in the end I appreciate you answering this post. I was feeling the need for some assurance or guidance. You gave it to me I hope you are having a great summer!

      • Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) July 25, 2016, 5:16 pm

        Sorta. We are in the middle of a move. Like, I’m getting the Uhaul truck on Sunday and are moving into the new place on Monday. So, I’m still not “back”, but I saw this post while having coffee before going back and doing more packing, and I just had to comment. I’ve never been confronted by an author, or at least not to my knowledge. I can’t imagine being in your place and having someone come at you for just stating a fact or even venting your frustrations. I believe that as long as you are constructive in your reviews and are not maliciously attacking the author just to get a rise out of people, there is no need for things to escalate to the point where someone feels the need to lash out at you. And, when you talk about your frustrations about how a blurb doesn’t match the story within, that’s constructive feedback.
        Sorry, I went off on a rant there. I think you are a great blogger and I just hate to see you feeling unsure about blogging and the blogger/author community as a whole.
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        • Jessica July 25, 2016, 5:26 pm

          Ahhh! This made my day. The whole thing was very confusing. I sent you a note on your blog… In the end, I hope something productive comes out of it. This situation made me realize that I could use advice from more experienced bloggers, I wonder how many bloggers have been in my shoes… So it’s all good. Well, hopefully, the move works out for you. It means a lot to me that you take time out to support me. Moving is so hard! As far as with the author, It’s all good now. I learned a ton and let’s hope it’s not a situation that I will run into later. Yet, if I do, I am more the wiser. Thank you for your encouragement! This made my day.

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