If you’ve been on Goodreads or on any other website to read about upcoming releases, you’ve probably seen one or two sentences in a book’s description that compares that particular book to previously released books of a similar genre or perhaps even to an author who writes similar works. Now to most people it’s probably not a big deal or maybe they actually become more excited to read it, but not me. I absolutely hate that and I will explain why.
+ Book is pitched as insert name meets insert name.
What if I didn’t like the books that a soon-to-be-released is being compared to?
It won’t certainly make me expect the best, even though it is an entirely separate book. I don’t want a repeat of something I didn’t like and I won’t be sold on something with a reminder of disappointment written in bold letters.
+ For fans of popular authors whose works I don’t enjoy.
Have you ever taken in consideration that I may not like SJM or similar authors?
I know it may be good for sales or to draw in interest for the debut book, but I lose enthusiasm fairly quickly because I can’t help but think, “ugh. I hope this book doesn’t have the same annoying tropes as that person’s books did.” Because some of the times this does hold true.
+Sugar coated blurbs written by authors of similar works.
Basically the same thoughts as written above.
I don’t trust their recommendations if I didn’t like their books. That may sound silly but I’m skeptical about these things, especially after falling for hype surrounding certain books so many times (like Red Queen).
How do you feel about comparasions of books and authors? Does this change your mind or lessen/heighten your expectations?