This "Blog File" is about comparing new books to other books. I am going to warn you: this will most likely be a rant rather than a pleasant discussion...
"Fans of THE HUNGER GAMES will love this one.."
"If you love Sarah Dessen and Elizabeth Scott you'll love this..."
"Has suspense like THE TITANIC..."
I am sure most of you have seen these exact comparisons this past year. If not I am sure you have seen variations of these before.
These bother me to NO END.I think it should be
I cannot tell you how many times I have read one of these, picked the book up, and am thoroughly disappointed. I know that if I had not read the comparison though, I would have probably enjoyed the book.
I stopped comparing books to other books a long time ago because it is, in my eyes, dumb. I know that these people have good intentions, but it needs to stop. When you say "Oh this book is like THE HUNGER GAMES", I expect something fantastic.
Sure every now and then the books turn out good, such as DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver, which is compared to "ROMEO & JULIET". But rarely does this happen, and this play has become more of a "theme/format" that other books follow rather than the actual book. (If that makes sense).
Anyways, I don't like when book summaries have these kinds of comparisons. I understand that they are meant to spark interest, but sometimes (most of the time) it doesn't turn out the way they probably expect.