Most people who are regular readers here know that I'm not a big fan of book blurbs. I don't put any stock in them and think the whole business is a racket. Which is unfortunate for people who make considerable efforts to write legitimate blurbs, but overall I feel the majority are simply written for the wrong reasons. However, this post today is not about that. This post is about blurb/review wording I wish we could ban.
4. Any reference of a roller coaster that isn't literal --Personally, I'm not a fan of roller coasters, so I wouldn't want to submit myself to the torture of hours of this feeling, but even if I did, it's been so overused it's powerless now.
5. "will keep you turning pages to the end" -- I think I'm guilty of this one, but when you think about it, shouldn't the bare minimum a writer does with a book keep the reader turning pages to the end? Isn't that kind of like saying, "o.k. you pass, you get a D because we finished the book at least"?
6. "[fill in title or author name] is the next [fill in present hot title or author name]!" Or "[fill in title or author name] is [fill in different country name]'s [fill in present hot title or author name]!" -- because my generic version is a little confusing here, I will use a specific example I encountered not too long ago: "A European Gone Girl" was used to described Herman Koch's The Dinner. Personally, I enjoyed both of these books, but didn't see what connection the review writer was making. What I hear far too often is people who will love Gone Girl and then read The Dinner and hate it because they had expectations of what it should have been before they started reading it based on that blurb. Had the individuals read The Dinner without the benefit of that blurb, they would have evaluated the book differently...basically on its own merits, not Gone Girl's. Each individual has their own ideas of what makes a book or a writer great, when we assume everyone else has those same notions then we do the books and their writers a terrible disservice.
O.k. so those are my big irritants. Of course as soon as I hit "post" on this I'm sure I'll come up with some others, but this is definitely the biggies. Do you have some that really grate on your nerves? Share with us!