Musing About Things: Sneaky Synopsis

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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 (:
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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:

pride-prejudice-jane-austen“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.

or// 

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!

 

pride-prejudice-teen-jane-austen“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?

Author: Cyn

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  1. Oh I’ve encountered a few books with a sneaky synopsis, but most of the time I add the books to my TBR and before I have a chance to buy them a review pops up informing me if the sneakiness haha.

    I actually thought the synopsis for The Raven Boys was kind of silly, because it made it seem like a bog-standard YA romance when it’s really not. That was a good kind of sneaky though, because the book was beyond awesome.

    1. Thank goodness for advance reviews right!

      Ohh… that’s good to hear! I’ve been waiting to check out the Raven Boys but just haven’t had the time. Glad to hear it’s better than the synopsis!

    1. Totally changes things up doesn’t it?

  2. I’ve read a few books like that! I’ll only finish reading if I like it, if it’s good and maybe if I can change my own expectations.

    1. Yeah, it’s so disappointing when it’s not what you expected. But I’m glad there’s always a few that are better (:

  3. Lol – the different P&P synopsis is pretty funny. I guess you got to spin it to the audience you’re shooting for. I’m guessing they wanted to appeal to a new generation. I know I’ve read plenty that made the book seem one way when it was another. I also hate when they make the synopsis super long telling us everything in the book. It’s like, what’s the point of reading the book now?

    I loved The Night Circus, though! It’s one of my favorite books.

    1. Spinning classics for the modern society, I guess.
      Oh that annoys me too, why would I bother reading the book if the blurb’s going to tell me everyone already!

      I really enjoyed The Night Circus too, it was so beautiful written. I was just disappointed b/c I loved the concept the synopsis hinted at.

  4. That blurb is pretty hilarious. It makes it sound like other people are keeping them apart when it is their own pride and prejudice. 🙂

    I remember the blurb for Among Others by Jo Walton was completely different from what the book was actually like.

    1. I know right! It makes me laugh. The book is called Pride and Prejudice for reason.

  5. I can’t think of any off the top of my head, but I definitely remember when these new covers for classics came out. It’s so obviously trying to be a Twilight cover and the synopsis is completely misleading. I agree that the Night Circus’ synopsis was also a bit misleading, but I loved that one. Great post!

    1. Yeah, there’s a whole bunch of them! Obviously trying to appeal to the newer generation, I suppose.

      I ended up still liking The Night Circus too, it was so beautiful written. I was just disappointed b/c I loved the concept the synopsis hinted at.

  6. Nooo, why are they doing such a horrible thing to classics? I think dystopia’s have very sneaky synopsis. They always promise action, kick-ass heroins, great world-building and most of the time you end up with a sappy romance.

    1. Ooh dystopia definitely can be sneaky! I think that’s the thing that disappoints me the most…that it ends up being a sappy romance instead of badass-ness.

  7. Oh lord, so, Darcy is now ‘bewitched’ is he? That made me laugh… but maybe, just maybe, it’s not a bad thing and they want to make the classics appeal to the younger generation?

    1. It makes me to laugh too! I know that Darcy does say “You’ve bewitched me body and soul” but I think the synopsis is trying to use in a different manner haha.

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