Book Summary Pet Peeves
I have to read a lot of book summaries. And when I say ‘a lot’, I mean a crapton. Like anything else that one sees all the time, there are things used in summaries that make me grit my teeth – and some of them are even ‘deal-breakers’.
Let me give you three examples of the stuff that puts me off a book:
If the summary is written in first person
For some reason, I don’t understand the idea behind the blurb being written in first person. I don’t mind a book in that format, but the summary should be a description. I’m sure this isn’t a big sticking point for many people, but it’s like nails on a chalkboard to me.
Grammatical and/or Spelling Errors
When I see a blurb with actual errors, that’s it for me. I know sometimes this isn’t the author’s fault, but it’s an indication of a book that is probably not written or edited well. If I have to suffer through the same errors while reading the book, I’m out.
Example: ‘…exploring no holds barred…’
Quotes included to tell us how to feel about the book
I’ve read plenty of books. I don’t require directions on how to feel while reading your book.
Examples: “Contemporary Romance to Make You Laugh, Cry, and Fall in Love
‘a hero so mouth-watering, he will put you off chocolate’
So I suppose what I’m saying is simpler is better. I prefer to read a teaser that tells me a general overview of the story without spoilers, and gives me a little peek at the characters.
How about you? Are there things that set your teeth on edge? Are the summaries important in telling you about the quality of the book? Let us know!