We’ve all read book blurbs. They can be many things: appealing, enticing, informative, baffling, boring, misleading , downright untrue …. and a host of other options. Listed below are some of the common phrases we often read. Familiar, yes? Aha! But they’re coded, and now the hidden meaning is revealed. Tongue in cheek? Of course! Read on.
Enchanting there’s a dog in it
Heartwarming a dog and a child
Moving a child dies
Heart-rending A dog and a child die
Thoughtful Mind numbingly tedious
Haunting set in the past
Exotic set abroad
Audacious set in the future
Award winning set in India
Perceptive set in Norther London
Epic editor cowed by author’s reputation
In the tradition of shamelessly derivative
From the pen of a master same-old, same-old
Spare and taut under-researched
Richly detailed overly-researched
Disturbing author bonkers
Stellar author young and photogenic
Classic author hanging in there
Vintage author past it
I’m sure you could add a few definitions of your own. I’d love to read them in the Comments box – feel free.
I need to add that I picked the list up on Facebook, where there was no indication of the original author. Whoever, and wherever you are, thanks for the laugh and applause for your witty list.