Yakkety Yak Let’s Chat: The Synopsis

Posted September 1, 2013 by Shari in Let's Chat / 3 Comments

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Yakkety Yak Let's Chat

This last week I had a problem with a review I read on a popular blog. The reviewer loved the book, but counted off the rating because it was a BDSM book. My first thought was, did you read the synopsis? It was clear this author writes a series of BDSM related stories and this was in the synopsis that the heroine works at a BDSM club. On top of that, it was a book I clearly loved and didn’t feel it was fair to just mark the rating down for something that was clearly in the description.

So as you know, we all get tired of certain genres from time to time and we switch it up. I am guilty of reading books at times without knowing what it is about, but I don’t hold it against them if it is a certain genre I don’t care about. It should have been me reading the synopsis and thinking, nope, not in the mood for that now.

I very rarely read books I don’t like because I pick books I will like. No one likes reading stuff that bores them. So reading the synopsis is key. If you didn’t and something comes up that is clearly already revealed, then shame on you for taking it out on the rating.

Reviews are supposed to be about the setting, characters, writing style, secondary characters and how well they write in the genre they choose. Can they weave a story that has you believing yourself in that world?

What if I picked up a paranormal book with vampires and rated the book low because I was tired of vampire stories? That just seems silly because it might be a fantastic book.

Reviews are subjective. We all have opinions and that is what makes this world a truly interesting place. But I want reviews to be fair. If you are don’t like a genre, read a book in it and then rate it low because of that genre, then I just don’t know why you bothered to read it to begin with.

Stepping of my ranty soap box and getting back to reading, but what do you think? Do you read the synopsis on the books you choose to read? Do you think they are misleading? Should authors be penalized on ratings just for the genre they chose to write in?

Yakkety Yak….Let’s Chat!

 

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
7 years ago

Hear, hear! Like you, I’ve seen people drop their rating because they got a hold of something that didn’t tickle their fancy when it was more than obvious that the book was going to go there. Now have I skipped a synop? Sure, but like you, I figure that’s on me. That being said, I will say that there have been a few rare occasions when the synop was misleading at best or didn’t contain enough warning of where the book is going to go. For example, I read a book with non-consent sex in it. This is not my… Read more »

sharonda
7 years ago

I do read the synopsis sometimes when I pick up a book. But I’m not going to hold it against the book because I didn’t pay attention. I really dislike when reviewers do that…I see so much and it just irritates me. It’s like you said why would you pick up a book & read it, clearly knowning you’re not going to like and then lower your review. Its not fair to the author and I think reviewers should be mindful of those things before they post.