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January 31, 2013

Gush and Gripe #13


You Get What You Give

Hello Supies! I hope the New Year has been kind to you so far if not then I hope things get better for you soon. Before I vent my gripes, here are three of my favorite reads this month.

SERIES NAMES: Transplanted Tales 2 | Daughter of Smoke & Bone 2 | Three Stages of Love 
My Gush & Gripe for this month is about setting the right expectations as far as books are concerned. This will be a little subjective and this post is solely my opinion in relation to my reading picks and habits. Some of you may agree, others may not. Just the same please bear with me. 

Like some of you, I have my phases and moods where I prefer a certain genre over the other. Currently I'm in a PNR-Romance kick and I am steering clear YA & fantasy with very few exceptions (I can't pass up Days of Blood & Starlight). My cravings, for lack of a better word, determines my reading list for the week and the tours I sign up for. I feel it's a disservice not only to myself but the author who worked hard to publish his/her book when my rating is already predetermined because I'm not in the best state of mind to appreciate their work. 

Setting the right expectations determines the mood and mind-set of the readers. It sets the tone of our emotions and how we respond to the story similar to how we pick which clothes and shoes to wear for the day. And I hate it when the blurb or marketing blasts would say the book is one thing and I end up with something else completely. This skews my objectivity and there's only a handful of books that could get away with surprises like this as far as I'm concerned. I also think this is one of the reasons why some people rate books lower than what it deserves not because the book sucked but because their expectations weren't met.

One recent example is Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf. When you look at the blurb it doesn't hint at anything supernatural so before I signed up for the tour I specifically asked if it was romantic suspense because I was on an RS bender at that time. Well it IS romantic suspense but it was also a PNR sort of thing. Aside from other issues I had with the book, I felt duped because if I had known it had supernatural elements, I wouldn't have signed up for the tour or bothered to read the book at that time. 

Another example would be The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron and Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear. These books marketed themselves as Steampunk but tell-tale characteristics we look for and crave associated with this genre were meager. So readers were waiting for kick ass automatons, blimps, clockwork gadgets and other cool stuff only to be left wanting. If you look at some of the 3 star ratings and below for these books, you'll see that their expectations in reading Steampunk were not met.

To close this Gripe, there's being suspenseful and there's downright duping. Every writer and publisher wants the best possible rating for their book that's why they juice up their presentations through cover arts, book tours, and other marketing plans. But not every book is for everyone and the first step in getting fantastic ratings, is targeting the right audience and tricking us won't help you with that cause.

So have you ever been duped by a book? 









14 comments:

  1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is the last one I remember reading and feeling duped. I thought I was going into a dark romantic mystery and when the paranormal bits crept in...well, I was a little WTF? I like clear blurbs because like you, I am a moody ass reader! ;)

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    1. Oh yeah? I haven't read that but thanks for the heads up. The cover arts are.lovely though.

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  2. I know exactly what you mean. I felt duped by FIRELIGHT when I read it earlier in the month. I felt there should've been more paranormal associated with Miri's powers but it was so disappointing.

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    1. I know! I read your review and though I lived that book I get where you're coming from.

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  3. I come across that a lot with books that have pretty steampunk covers but hardly any steampunk elements. I can't complain too much because I've enjoyed the stories, but it does feel a bit like false advertising.

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    1. Yes! False advertising is one way of putting it!

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  4. ooh. Nope, I have not been duped by a book. As of yet. Or, maybe I have and I'm just trippin. Lol.

    Ana♥

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  5. I like your point about how our expectations and mood affect our enjoyment and reviews. I feel the same way. I have been duped more than once. I actually went back to the blurb read it and nope it wasn't any different from what I remembered. A few times I ended up enjoying the book anyway, but not always because as you say that wasn't what I was in the mood for.

    thanks!

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  6. Im bren very moody about my reads lately so I definitelu inderstand how u feel. I,ve been duped, but ended up liking the book, but that won't happen all the time.

    Good gripe Braine, you definitely hit on some good points ;)

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  7. Great topic. I get into moods as well, but I don't know if I have been duped per say. But I do listen to hype, and forget that sometimes it is not always for me.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. Hype sucks too! I feel bad when I end up disliking the book a lot of people loved

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