We’ve all seen the big claims on book blurbs:
“THE NEXT HARRY POTTER AND HUNGER GAMES COMBINED!”
We’ve all seen the hype online:
“THE BEST THING YOU WILL EVER READ”
I know I’ve complained plenty about hype and books I’ve been disappointed with over the years. And yet, I don’t think I talk enough about the times when I’ve read a book that was just a little miss-marketed. It doesn’t mean the book was bad per se (in fact there are some good books on this list) but that I was sold something *totally different* to what it actually was. So today, I’ll be sharing some of those bad boys:
Caraval– oh gosh this book really disappointed me. It’s not a terrible book buuut it was way too overhyped. Basically it never should have been described as the *next Night Circus*- and that thought actually inspired a piece with the lovely Trang@Bookidote eons back about how books are marketed.
Lonely Hearts Hotel– it often seems to be describing a book as like Night Circus that does it a book in for me (so much so I now often avoid books with that moniker) cos this book was given that label too. And if you want to read/enjoy book, you need to get that notion out of your head RIGHT NOW! This is about as far from Night Circus as Lolita is from Carroll. They’re not even in the same genre. And I also feel like I could have done with the warning that this contains a lot of (not always well handled) abuse.
Burn for Burn– I actually enjoyed this book for the most part- but one thing that threw me and was totally left of field is the supernatural element. This series is generally marketed as YA contemporary… and it’s not exactly that.
The Girl on the Train– here’s another time that a book was killed by the hype. Frankly, this isn’t a bad thriller, but the only comparison you can really make with Gone Girl is that it has “girl” in the title and it’s in the same genre. Otherwise, the two never should have been lumped together.
Legend– I really like this author, however I wasn’t totally blown away by her first book. That’s because it distinctly said on the blurb that it was “inspired by Les Miserables”- and perhaps that’s the case- nonetheless it should have been left off the marketing because the two stories have basically *nothing* in common! (okay, there are some parts if you really, really look for it, but it’s not exactly obvious!)
Stags– now this one isn’t so much that the blurb or marketing did anything wrong. Rather, Stags simply didn’t live up to the promise of the opening line. It’s more than a little frustrating to have the narrator confess to murder at the start and then have that not come true in the slightest- it made me feel cheated and like I’d picked up the book under false pretences.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine– this is actually the one time on this list that I was pleasantly surprised, cos I picked this book up thinking it had *contemporary romance vibes* (especially given where it was placed in bookshops) and it’s not that AT ALL- but in a good way- cos this book is awesome 😉
So have you felt let down by a book blurb before? Have you been promised something that a book hasn’t delivered? Or have you been pleasantly surprised by mismarketing? Let me know in the comments!