Monday, February 2, 2015

[Coffee Shop Talks] Trends I'd Like to See Less Of!

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars meets Go Ask Alice 

Graceling meets The Selection

Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus with the sparkling wit of Gail Carriger’s Etiquette & Espionage

I know this isn't exactly a new marketing trend, but I have noticed it much more often over the past year or so. I'm not more likely to read a book if the summary says something like, "Ash by Malinda Lo meets Marissa Meyer's Cinder" or "The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld" or "Avatar meets The Terminator". And I often come across some comparisons that really have me scratching my head. For example, "Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn".....? Some may find these comparisons helpful, I suppose, but I'm happier making my reading selections without them. 

Which trends would you like to see less of?



Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn. I want to know what was using that comparison. I agree that I've seen a lot of these lately and I usually don't find them helpful. If anything it makes me not want read the book or see the movie or whatever.

Traci Horton said...

I haven't really seen that a lot...maybe I'm just not paying attention :D But that wouldn't entice me to pick up a book. Sell it to me on what it is, not what it's like!

Danielle Romero said...

Lol too funny and too true! I had a book compare itself to xmen once. A YA book too believe it or not, and after reading, I totally didn't see it!

Litha Nelle said...

Ugh, that trend is so annoying- and unfair to the advertised book. I mean, how does one compare when toted as "Lord of the Rings meets Apocalypse Now"? (Yep, that's a book I actually read, and it was nothing like either title). Anyway, I also am losing respect for titles like "The Last ____" or "The ____'s Daughter/son"- often they don't tell you that much about the book, and I'd rather have a title more original, and memorable.
Excellent discussion post!
~Litha Nelle

Bregje said...

Lately so many books only have people's opinions on the back instead of a summary. Eventhough some people might find it interesting to know what other people thought of the book I personally find it more important to know what the book is about before I buy the book.

fishgirl182 said...

I don't fine these descriptions very helpful but I can see why people do it. They are so off sometimes that it's funny though.

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