Tuesday, December 03, 2013 23:09

Fairytale News | Hard life of a reader (5)


'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

I’m back with some more things that makes our life as readers a little more difficult. This is a OUAT edition.

You can’t read fast enough.

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Book after book after book are published. Every year is filled with these amazing lists of books you want to read. Whether they are stand-alones, sequels or the start of a new series: you want them all. The only problem is, what about all the older books? The ones from last year or even 3 years ago? What about the books you’ve bought and piled up in your room? The problem with us is that we always want more. We’re actually just greedy people who buy more than they can chew (not that there is something wrong with that of course. It’s also a fact that you never have enough books.) If there was only a way to read faster, to get more hours in a day or to stop time while reading.

Girl ends up with the wrong boy in the love-triangle.
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It’s no secret that love-triangle aren’t popular in books. One of the things I hate about them is that I always seem to pick the underdog. If you take the most basic love-triangle, we talk about: girl meets boy X and Y. X is a douche bag who is incredibly hot, but treats her like crap. Boy Y is a sweetheart and he treats her the best way possible. Guess who she ends up with? I hate when that happens!

Misleading blurbs.

tumblr_mv0zq1kAR31qeq2heo1_500Perhaps even worse than the misleading covers. If I buy a book based on the cover and I hate it, I know it’s because I’ve been shallow. But when I buy a book because of this amazing sounding blurb and I end up reading something entirely else.. I feel misled.

This happens a lot with dystopian books. There is a promise of a ruined world, so I expect a lot of despair and world-building. Instead, I get angst, romance and an unbelievable storyline. If I want romance, I BUY A ROMANCE BOOK.

I want a blurb that matches with the story, how difficult can it be?


What about you?
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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

51 comments:

  1. All three of these are so on point. I can't seem to keep up with ALL THE BOOKS! Btw, loving the OUAT gifs <3 Hook.

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  2. Too many books / not reading fast enough fills me with anxiety whenever I think about it, which is... almost every day >.< It really hurts that I'll NEVER get to read all the books on my list because I keep adding new ones and one day I will die and the list will still bein the hundreds.
    Also, I hear you about the misleading blurbs. Very annoying. And what's with all that focus on romance?! Especially if it has no chemistry and feels like it was just put in there for the sake of having a sappy lovestory.

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    1. Every time I add new or upcoming books to my wish list and I see how many titles there are already on it.. makes me sad too!

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  3. Honestly I can't read fast enough myself. I had to return a book today to the library because I didn't finish it in time!! ERRRRR

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  4. Yes. Yes. and Oh my God. Yes! Though I tend to stay away from love triangle books. I've given up on my TBR. So that's going to keep making babies until someone decides to put a rubber on.

    Great post, Mel!

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  5. Yeeesss. There are sooo many books, but soo little time. I sometimes wish time would stop so I can get reading done.

    Misleading blurbs are the worst! I think on the blurb for the paperback edition of If I Stay, it basically likened the book to Twilight and those two books are in no way similar to each other. Did the people who wrote the blurb read the book at all? (Probably not.)

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  6. Yes, so true! I hate the misleading book blurbs and you're so right about dystopian books being bad for that! A problem I'm currently facing and may even pop up in my blog discussion soon is the dreaded book slump! I just can't seem to get lucky and find a good book!

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  7. Haha you're so right about always wanting more and neglecting those older ones on the shelf *looks guilty*. Uggh Misleading blurbs are even worse than pretty covers. Makes you waste time!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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  8. Ditto with everything. Ugh, misleading blurbs, I'd been victim far too many times. Am I the only one who loves love triangle. I love them but I always end up rooting the underdog, like you Mel. It always breaks my heart when that happen. xD

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    1. I don't mind them too much most of the times :p but it's not like I'm going to search for books with a love-triangle.

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  9. "If I want romance, I BUY A ROMANCE BOOK. " OMG YES! This happened in Reboot. The first half was really good, the second part was a full-blown romance O.o then there's Shatter Me. I'm sorry, I'm not a big fan of that series. Plus, I'm in the wrong team clearly, because I'm not team Warner. Also, agreed on the first statement! SO very little time and too many books. That's the most unfair thing in life lol.

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    1. I kind of liked Reboot :p but I've heard mixed things about Shatter me!

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  10. WE WANT AAALLL THE BOOKS! Haha. This is true!
    I wish I could speed read sometimes because then I could read a book a day. I don't have 3-5 hours a day to spare to finish one book :(
    Sometimes I sit and stare at my beautiful bookshelves wistfully because I feel like I'll never read all these books in my lifetime. *sighs*

    "If I want romance, I BUY A ROMANCE BOOK."
    YES, A MILLION TIMES YES. I hate that!! I looove dystopian, it's my favorite genre…because I love world building. That's my favorite part of literature and that's why I like high fantasy and science fiction more than anything else. I love to travel to another world! But I despise when I'm promised an awesome setting and all I get is a romance. I mean, I don't mind if there's a tiny bit of romance, but if the plot is dominated by it, I'm probably not going to like it. I'm not a big fan of romance, and on the rare occasion I actually want to read it, I'LL GET A ROMANCE BOOK. Labeled as a romance!

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    1. Sometimes I feel so guilty when I look at all the books I've yet to read.. until I stand in the store and buy some more pretty books, haha. Yes, world-building is important to me too!

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  11. Hiiiiiii Captain Hook. *stares*

    Yes, the blurb thing is super annoying, especially when the blurb is too generic sounding. I can't tell you how many blurbs I've read where the society is oppressed and so and so heroine is the only one brave enough to stand up to the government and also there's some body who is cute and distracting. YAWN.

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  12. I HATE MISLEADING BLURBS. They make some books such a waste of time! And I also hate when girls fall in love with the wrong guy...it makes them seem stupid and unappreciative.

    Great post!

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  13. So true! I definitely agree with not being able to read fast enough. It seems like as soon as I buy one book, I find 10 more books I've neglected to read! And don't even get me started about love triangles, they annoy me so much! (sorry Captain Swan hehe) I've actually never had a case of misleading blurbs but I think it's bound to happen one way or another. Great post! :)

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    1. Hahaha, you'll fall for Captain Swan once :D!

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  14. Ah, I love this post Mel. <3 Thank you for sharing :D And I agree with a lot of it. Gah, how I hate hate hate love triangles. No fair.

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  15. Yes ^^ Not being able to read fast enough for all the amazing book that keep coming out honestly fills me with anxiety sometimes - I want to read them ALL. NOW!! And your right, between the piles of books at home and the increasingly unmanageable TBR shelf...gah! And I'm with you on love-triangles too hehe, they're predictable and it's THE worst when the MC picks the wrong guy. Awesome post ^^

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    1. It's great how every bookworm gets stresses out over too many books, too little time :p

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  16. I really feel you on the first and last one. I used to read A LOT and it still wasn't fast enough, but now with school I feel like I am reading SO SLOW and I am so upset by it because I can't read all the books I want to read. I keep adding to the list faster than I can take books off of it. I know this is trivial and I shouldn't complain though. Misleading blurbs are the so disappointing.

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    1. For every book I read, I seem to add 100 new ones to the list :p

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  17. Oh my goodness I HATE misleading blurbs. I also don't like how romance takes over the plot, especially if it's a dystopian book. If the author wanted to have romance after romance page after page, then she/he should have just written a damn contemporary book! GRRR. It's so frustrating reading a book with the romance taking over the plot. I also agree with what you said about readers wanting tons of books, and forgetting about previous books. That's why I'm thinking about only buying 25 books in the year 2014 so I can read the rest of my books on my shelves.

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  18. OMG yes! This is exactly my problem with love triangles. I don't understand why characters always go for the guy that is an asshole!!! There is nothing wrong with female characters that realize that the good guy is.... a good guy to date! This would also make me less concerned for future generations....

    Also for blurbs: blurbs that give away the ENTIRE plot, including all the possible interesting twists *goes to murder something*

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    1. It sometimes scare me how easy they fall for the hot, unkind boy..

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  19. HAHAHA I love " If I want romance, I BUY A ROMANCE BOOK."

    Or really I just love this post because I 100% agree. With everything. Although love triangles for me are usually a bigger problem in TV (HOOK DAMN IT I WANT HOOK. Why on earth would you pick Neil? Don't do it Emma. Don't. Even. Think. About. It)

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  20. YES! NOT ENOUGH TIME! Ahhhhh. So those older books definitely deserve love too. I'm going to try to start to read one at least every other month. Yes I couldn't promise one a month cause i just have such a packed reviewing schedule and I want to fit in the other newbie books I buy as well. I just buy too many books. I can't help it. But you know someday when I'm old and gray and retired I'll have endless books to read. And that will be when we're all on tighter budgets cause who has money when they are retired. Too bad I have to wait 30 more years for that. LOL

    As for love triangles - I could agree that defintiely happens a bunch..

    And dystopians are normally YA books - and to me YA books almost ALWAYS have a heavy or substantial romance focus in them. That's just the nature of YA because they are targeted at teens and teens really are focused a lot on romance at that age I think. So I just expect that going in and it helps me to be less disappointed when I get more romance than I want.

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    1. Haha, that is also a way to look at it Pabkins! But.. I've read a couple of YA books without the heavy romance, so it's possible.

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  21. 1. You can't read fast enough- Yes. I hope my eyes and my brains are operating 1Mx faster so I can read a book in one or 2 hours. But no, I am just an ordinary human who need to sleep, eat and just rest. Sometimes I wish I am a vampire so I wouldn't have to sleep and just read until eternity. I think this gluttony for book is really making me mad.

    2. Love triangle- I have an aversion against love triangles but if they're done beautifully, I think I am willing to throw my rules out the window. And I am guilty about what you said being the crap boy ending up with our heroine. Most of the time, I root for the bad boys, Mel. I don't know. Maybe it's my mother's instinct kicking in. I just want to take care of them and take away their angst. Hahahaha.

    3. Misleading Blurbs- Gaaaaah. Oh how I hate it when when they give us a blurb that is so farfectched from the actual story. It's like they're just using the Dystopian term to sell the book. le sigh.

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    1. 1. That would be THE reason to turn into a vampire.
      2. Hahaha.

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  22. Misleading blurbs make me really mad. Seriously, they help no one... except possibly the publisher to make more money, which is of course what they're designed to do.

    And, yeah, the author gets more money too, but I'm willing to bet that most authors would rather take fewer sales but reaching the right readers over more money but unsatisfied and disgruntled readers. Not to mention all the readers who that book is PERFECT for but AREN'T picking it up because of the blurb.

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  23. "GIRL ENDS UP WITH THE WRONG BOY IN THE LOVE-TRIANGLE." Yes! That one! For some reason I almost always end up rooting for the "losing Team" :( Maybe because I have a soft spot for underdogs...
    MISLEADING BLURBS - yep, I HATE that one, too. These days, dystopian YA seem to mean romance at the palace (okay, I did enjoy The Selection, but it was NOT dystopian)

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  24. Hook!!! So crushing on him. Anyway, I totally choose the underdog most of the time too!! It's so sad. The guy who gets the girl is always the " hot" douche one. And I just had that misleading thing happen to me. Alice in Zombieland. I thought it was going to be like end of world zombies. But it was more like Buffy. Not that that's bad, but I just didn't expect the zombies to be super secret. And sometimes I don't like a surprise :(

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  25. While I was reading Throne of Glass (when The Fiery Heart and World After were released), I was like, "I'm not reading fast enough, but I want to take this slow and love it!". It's horrible, but excitimg. More horrible than exciting, imo.

    And I hate when the girl doesn't end up with the guy I want. her to be with. You're right that she always choses the douche. Really? Thank God girls are smart enough not to take love advices from books. It just pisses me off every time a girl melts over the hot-n-cold(-with-no-reason) guy. We're not that stupid and a lot of us have dignity. Tsk.

    The misleading summary is very annoying. And I hate the way almost every book is pitched as "X book/movie meets Y book/movie". They're doing more harm than good. I wish publishers would realize that.

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    1. Oh yes, those book are the 'worst' and best at the same time! I want to read them quick, but also devour them slowly and enjoy them as long as possible.

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  26. The only problem is, what about all the older books? The ones from last year or even 3 years ago? What about the books you’ve bought and piled up in your room? The problem with us is that we always want more. We’re actually just greedy people who buy more than they can chew -- I KNOW OMG I KNOW. I'm so greedy about the books in my room. I gave some away last summer, but I kept others and thought 'i'll get around to these.' Do you know how many of them I did get around to? MAYBE LIKE 5. AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGH. MEL you and I should do a read-along of some sort so that we can get through these books together!

    It’s no secret that love-triangle aren’t popular in books. One of the things I hate about them is that I always seem to pick the underdog. --- OH ME TOO. Which is why I end up hating love triangles. I particularly hate picking the underdog because then if the other guy is a douche, it makes me reevaluate the MC. Because whut girl/guy. How. Why. NOOOO.

    "But when I buy a book because of this amazing sounding blurb and I end up reading something entirely else.. I feel misled.

    This happens a lot with dystopian books. There is a promise of a ruined world, so I expect a lot of despair and world-building." -- HAHAHAH it's YA. It's too hard not to have some sort of romance among the "despair" and "ruins" of the world. ;) But I know exactly what you mean. I've started to look for key words. How prominently the other romantic interest figures in the synopsis. The adjectives used to used them. Anything 'mercurial' I no longer add. And I no longer buy books without skimming some reviews to see whether my impression of the synopsis matches others. Nothing worse than misleading blurbs because publishers also add in all those false comparisons to other bestsellers!

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    1. YES, let's do a read-along! Sounds like fun :D I'd love to read more of those books, it's one of the reasons I'm also doing the series & TBR-pile challenge.

      Haha, yes! I just can't understand why the MC would go for the asshole.

      I know, but there are some YA dystopian who get it right, so it disappoints me when others don't.

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