Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
So today’s topic is: Sneaky Synopsis!
So, what do I mean by sneaky synopsis? It when the synopsis/blurb makes you think the book is going be one way but ends up in a whole different ball field. I feel like there’s nothing worse than getting lied to by the blurb! Sometimes I feel like it’s okay, when the books end up being better or different (but still good) but sometimes it’s just …nope.
For example: I remember reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and being pretty disappointed by the story, even though the book was gorgeously written (and I actually did like it), it just wasn’t the story I was expecting. (My review, in case anyone’s curious).
Actually this post is mainly because of this synopsis I read for Pride and Prejudice that had me laughing. So give or take, everyone knows that P&P is a classic love story. So normally, this is P&P:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.
Vanity, not love, has been my folly
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited, while he struggles to remain indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.
But then! I discovereddddd this!
“Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her.”
With all the forces of the world conspiring to keep Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet apart, how will fate manage to bring them together? It certainly won’t be easy if they’re fighting it every step of the way. But theirs is a love that was meant to be, despite all the odds against them.
One of the most captivating love stories of all time, Jane Austen’s enduring masterpiece is beloved by generation after generation. Beautifully presented for a modern teen audience, this is the must-have edition of a timeless classic.
….so I feel like suddenly, it’s not P&P, but a teen angst romance. I think it’s suppose to appeal to lovers of Twilight?? (hence the cover?!?). It just makes me laugh a bit, because I’m pretty sure forces of the world are not conspiring to keep them apart…it’s pride and prejudice that kept them apart (hence the title!).
Anyway, your guys thoughts on sneaky synopsis? How important is the synopsis to you when picking a book, or how important is it the book gives you what the blurb says it is? Have you encountered any sneaky synopsis?
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