What do we think about the promotional praising that occurs in and on books? You know, the quotes from authors, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses etc, praising the shit out of the novel you’re about to read. Are these genuine?
I’ve always wondered because, if they are for real, then they offer a real insight not just into the book you are about to read but also into the person who wrote the comment. Reading a writer’s work can only tell you so much about them, but knowing what they like to read or what they consider good writing gives us a much deeper look into what they are like as people. This really appeals to my fangirl side – yep, I am that much of a book nerd. Markus Zuzak is to me what Zac Effron is to normal girls (although, Effron is that to me also…). So, if I see some Zuzak praise plastered all over a book, I want to know it’s for real in case I hate the book and I have to forget what Markus and I had.
I recently read a book that I absolutely hated. I thought it was utter shite – not just the story, but the writing as well. Just as I was abandoning it to the Lifeline pile (hey, one person’s trash could be another person’s treasure) I noticed that Peter Carey had written a big old juicy compliment about it, saying something about how much he loved the book. WTF? How could my literary hero have gotten it so wrong? Is he friends with the author and just wrote that as a favour? Did his publisher make him write it, because this book was published by the same mob? Or did he not have anything to do with it? Maybe, once you are published by a company, they own the rights to your public opinion. (I’m really hoping it’s the last one.)
Tell me, people in the know, how do these things work?
Categories: Book life