The Sunday Symposium is a feature in which I'll be discussing various bookish topics and asking for your commentary, as well. This week, I want to discuss the overabundance of blurbs and sales pitches highlighting a book as the next Twilight or the next The Hunger Games, or some other wildly popular title.
First off, WOW, I didn't realize how long it had been since I'd done one of these posts. My sincerest apologies! And thanks to everyone who called me out on it when leaving feedback for the 2nd Blogoversary Bash giveaways! I'm so glad that you enjoy these discussions and feel passionate enough about the subject matter to chime in, too. And I agree, honest bookish discussions make a good blog even better. Sorry that I've been working so hard on getting other content out to you guys that I kind of let the best part of this experience fall by the wayside. I promise to strive harder to make this feature at least bi-monthly.
I had already planned to pick up The Program by Suzanne Young. In fact, I've already read it and I kind of loved it. But if I hadn't had any plans to read this novel already, I think this pitch might have stayed my hand. I rather despise being told I'll like a book because it's similar to another I've read, unless that recommendation comes from a very trusted source. And I'm sorry, but a trusted source an Audible Editor is not.
I often find that these flagrant comparisons are totally without basis, too. This one for The Program, for example. Maybe it's not a true comparison, more like a suggestion, but it kind of comes out of left field. Having read both books, I can say that yes, fans of Twilight will probably enjoy this book. However, I don't think the opposite would be entirely true. I'm not bashing Twilight because when I read it years ago, I did enjoy it. But I like to think I'm more well read these days and have formed more concrete opinions of what is tolerable writing and what is great storytelling. I'm sure you can guess where I'd place Twilight.
What was my point again? Oh, yeah...that comparing books like this, in completely different sub-genres, is like comparing apples to oranges. And the wrong comparison can taint my impression of a book before it's even had a chance to make it on to my TBR list. I really hate when I see a blurb on a book calling it "the next Hunger Games" or "Fans of ______ will love this!" Let the reader form their own opinions. Besides, if I wanted to read something like The Hunger Games, I'd just re-read The Hunger Games.
I feel like I rambled a lot here. Like I said, I'm kinda rusty. But now I'd love to hear your thoughts on comparing new books to previous works that may or may not be similar. Do you ignore the comparisons? Would a blurb like that make you more likely to pick up a book? Less likely? Or have you seen so many of these comparisons that you don't even notice them anymore?
Any and all commentary, chastising, and public flogging is welcome, as per usual. And thanks for stopping by!