Booking Through Thursday -- Flapper? Or not a flapper?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Booking Through Thursday

This meme is hosted at Booking Through Thursday.

Suggested by Prairie Progressive:
Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

Wow! First, I should say, I enjoyed the use of the word "flapper" here. I am not aware if it is frequently used in the book community to mean someone who reads the flap before or while reading the book. But it does seem a good definition here. I like its original meaning too! :)

I am a flapper! I read the book blurbs always before starting the book. I add a book to my TBR only if it sounds like something I would read. Honestly writing, most books (maybe all) have interesting blurbs, so most of them do get added to my TBR list. The only kind of books that usually don't are books of genre I don't read, like Harlequin romance, some romantic suspense, and a lot of non-fiction (barring topics I am interested in and memoirs or biographies).

Sometimes, I even read the flaps while reading, to ensure that the blurb is consistent with the story so far. I always did find them consistent, till recently, when I came across a book whose flap wasn't entirely consistent. i don't want to name the book, since I don't want that book to be a discussion topic. But believe me, it infuriated me. Considering that the blurbs should be interesting and suspenseful so as to interest the readers, I guess a small amount of liberty can be taken while writing the blurb. But inventing a total un-happening? That is, something that doesn't happen at all in the book? Now that's annoying! it especially annoys me since that is one of the criteria I use to decide if I want to read a book.

What about you? Are you a flapper or not? If you are, do you always cross-check whether it is in tune with the plot?


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6 comments:

Diane said...

I am a flapper as well. I don't like reading prologues for some reason though..LOL

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I try not to -- they often give too much away.

Jennifer said...

I find too much is given away. My answer: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/booking-through-thursday-14-january.html

Jeane said...

Sometimes I read the flaps after I'm done, just to see if they match up with what's really inside the book or not. It can be an interesting comparison!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

That's how I decide if I'm going to buy it. I like the flaps.

Aleksandra said...

I'm a flapper, too! That's how I choose the books, too!