This new feature, Bubbly Berls Babbles (or BBB), is kind of an adaptation of my old feature, Fun Questions, back at Fantasy is More Fun. And the title tells it all. I’m Bubbly, I’m Berls, and I’m about to Babble about something! I hope you’ll babble along with me 🙂
Today Bubbly Berls is Babbling about: The synopsis
I was talking to someone – I can’t remember who – a while ago about a book I was reading and how it surprised me the direction it was taking. And they picked the book up and read the synopsis and said something along the lines of, “Well it kind it says it was going to go that way right here.” I laughed, grabbed the book, read the synopsis and realized… I had NEVER read the synopsis!
Now that was unusual. I do usually read the synopsis, or at least part of it before putting it on my TBR or purchasing it. But honestly, I find that most
synopsisis, synospsi (how do you make that world plural?!)… I find that the synopsis on most books is one of three things:
- long winded and boring
- way too detailed, giving away too much
- too vague or misleading
And so I don’t put a lot of stock in a synopsis. I know, authors probably put a lot of work into writing them, trying to entice future readers. But for me, that synopsis is not that important to whether or not I will read a book. They’ve let me down a few times too many.
So how do I choose books? I end up reading books because:
- It’s an author I know and love already
- It’s part of a series I’ve already stared (related to the above)
- There’s a lot of good hype from people I trust
- It’s a book club selection
- I like the cover
I know, it’s kind of sad that the cover wins me over more than the synopsis, especially considering that covers can so often be very misleading, but they do win me over frequently. The point is, the synopsis doesn’t weigh in much for me and I’m curious, am I the only one?