Q: “What words/phrases in a blurb make a book irresistible? What words/phrases will make you put the book back down immediately?”
Off the top of my head, words or phrases that make me want to read a book:
- “Hidden past”
- “no one could have predicted the outcome”
Words that make want to put it down:
- “Lifechanging journey”
- “True life tale”
I tend to like big stories, mysteries or tales that teach me something about the world I didn’t know before and come at life from a different angle. Often the best blurbs are the ones that simply summarise the story neatly without giving too much away. I don’t tend to like blurbs that make the book seem too simplistic, or seem to be overstating how brilliant it will be.There is absolutely nothing worse than a blurb that is totally misleading.
Of course there are exceptions to every rule. I have read many books set in wartime that I enjoyed, but those were usually elegant enough to tell a story without making war the only theme. I do like true stories but usually good books based on real events do not need to state it on the cover because they are so intriguing they make you want to find out more. I know ‘submarine’ is a bit of an odd choice, but really for some reason I have an aversion to anything with a submarine in it be it film or book!
I suppose what you make of a blurb, quite often depends on how you feel or what you are looking for at the time. What do you think? What kind of words put you of or turn you on to reading a book?