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Ever read a book blurb? Stupid question, of course you have, duh! Remember these?

Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?” “But will he liberate—or destroy?” “What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?” “But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?” “Is he my ticket to safety or my ultimate end?” “Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?” 

And these?

Can a woman plagued by mystery fall in love with the man who refuses to face the truth? And can a man drenched in darkness forgo his quest for vengeance-and finally find redemption?” “But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?” “For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Aaaand these?

Can they learn to trust each other to overcome new dangers? Or will this be Tony’s second attempt at domination? Can Claire resist the man she’d never before been able to resist?” “Is Tru strong enough to resist the delectable bad boy who once held her heart so completely, or will she willingly risk it all for one night with the world’s most notorious womanizer?” “But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?” “But how much will they have to sacrifice? Can they escape their pasts? And, most of all, what does it mean to be free?

From random books on my TBR list, to new releases, to my favorite books, to books I have not liked, I was surprised to see that books, despite the genre, have a tendency to ask character POV questions at the end of the blurb. Of course I knew this was a thing but I didn’t know if it covered all genres and apparently, it covers a lot. And the most annoying part is that the question is pretty much pointless and most of the time if not always, spoilerish. 

So, to answer my own question – see what I did there – YES BLURB QUESTIONS ARE BECOMING A TROPE. STOP DOING IT! A lot of these books have multiple questions, like the entire 1/2 of the blurb is a question, which is ridiculous since the answer is always the same.

“Will she fall for-” YES. “Is their love-” YES. “Can the two-” YES. The answer is always positive, or negative depending on how the question is phrased but bottom line is, it always hints at a HEA or a sequel, BEFORE YOU EVEN GET A CHANCE TO READ THE BOOK, YOU KNOW THE ENDING!

Blurb questions are slowly becoming a reason for me to never pick up a book, because guess what, you just told me what the book is about AND how the book is going to end. And, if you can’t come up with an original blurb, that gives me very little hope for the entire book. Now, if your book’s less than original blurb doesn’t reflect the book’s originality, then, what on earth are you doing? And most of the time, the questions aren’t even answered in the same book!

Maybe I’m the only one that has even noticed this issue, maybe there are more people out there, point is, stop doing something book related just because other books are doing it, or because it may have worked for other books. Read your blurb’s question out loud without reading the rest of the blurb – like I have included above – and see for yourself that it’s a dead giveaway for is about to come!


Well, do tell, am I alone in this or have you noticed the same issue with book blurbs because honestly it’s becoming a trope…

kei

11 thoughts on “ARE BLURB QUESTIONS BECOMING A TROPE?”

  1. I don’t think I have anything against questions in blurbs, as long as it’s not like half the blurb or a whole bunch of questions or something. Your whole part about how the answer is always yes cracked me up, and I agree, that is usually the answer. But to be fair, even if the blurb didn’t ask that question, you’d still be able to tell while reading that that’s how it’ll end. The fact of the matter is that most books are predictable, at least to an extent.

    But I definitely agree with what you said about how authors/publishers should stop doing things just because other books have done them! These things are not always good. Or they only work for certain types of books. Or they only work for certain audiences. Etc.

    Anyway, thanks to you I’m probably going to start noticing this from now on lol.
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  2. This topic! <3 <3 I've noticed this for a while and like you said, the answers are almost always YES! That's a funny line you put up there, by the way 😛 However, I'm not completely bothered by questions on the blurb, partially because I don't read blurb a lot or that I forget about them to actually affect my reading. But I agree with what you said, I don't think authors/publishers should write a blurb in a particular style just because that style has been successful for other books. There was a time when books have all poetic, flowery blurbs that didn't even tell me what the story was actually about. That is the kind of blurb that irritates me the most! </3 great discussion! 😀
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  3. I can agree that the questions in a book blurb can actually spoil the book sometimes. But at the same time I feel like it draws me in and it makes me want to read the book to find out the answers to those questions. The questions pique my interest in the book. But it does annoy me A LOT when the questions give away the main points of the story! Like the love interests etc.

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift
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  4. I’m not a huge fan either because I feel like that answer is obvious half the time anyway, so it’s a cheap way to get me “interested.”

    I also just find it weird because I’m pretty sure I’ve seen many agents tell potential authors not to do this in their query letters because they hate it. Yet this is what the general public gets in the end.
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