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Booking Through Thursday – Flippin’ Flaps

January 14, 2010

Today’s BBT question was suggested by Prairie Progressive:

btt2 Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

I haven’t done a BTT post in forever, but this week’s question caught my eye.

I used to read the full summary on book flaps/back covers before deciding to read something. However, after a few unfortunate experiences, I now tend to stay away from them as much as possible. Two things in particular make me wary of flap summaries:

#1 – Giving away plot details. Why do publishers to this? I like to be genuinely surprised when Big Revelations or Plot Twists come up. I don’t want to be reminded that I read about it on the flap.

#2 – Misleading summaries. These are usually the ones that start with “Fans of so-and-so will love this book!” Not too sure how often that’s actually true. Also irksome? Stressing an aspect of the story that turns out not to be important after all.

True, not all summaries fall victim to these, but to err on the safe side I usually either read the first sentence or two of the summary to get an idea of what the book is about or I won’t read the flap at all. I kind of like the thrill of starting a book without having a clue what’s in store for me!

Are you a flap fan?

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 14, 2010 5:15 pm

    I’m definitely a flap fan. Here is mine

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