A pleasant surprise…it’s not the same! You read the synopsis and think Again? How many times can they use the outline before it gets old? Granted, there are a flood of books on the market, regularly churned out using a formula with a proven sales record. Some authors and publishers do like to take the easy road.
It’s not uncommon for us, as readers, to make assumptions based on unfortunate experiences. We’ve all lived that a time or two – where the book we pick up sounds like a book we’ve just read. More than once I’ve gone to check (it’s a good thing I keep a list) and the author is different so it can’t be the same book. Sure sounds like it though.
I’m most aware of the same-old, same-old, thought running through my head when I’m looking at a synopsis as a reader, or when I’m trying to write one as a reviewer.
As a reader, I’m learning more and more writers and publishers are taking a chance on creating something outside the formula. The difference is in the details and that’s a reflection of life. Honesty and authenticity is appealing in any story. I’m convinced, curiosity about the lives of others will provide someone with an inexhaustible supply of unique story ideas. It shows in recently published books. There’s one in today’s list reinforcing this idea in my head. The first one – A Promise Forged. A refreshing and interesting read. I had no idea young girls had such opportunities back in the day.
I’ve noticed there are several story lines trending in Romance novels right now. There are others as well but these ones keep showing up in my news feed lately:
- Inheritance, Bed and Breakfast, scarred by failed romantic experiences.
- Running from abusive relationship, small town refuge, hero saves the day.
I’m learning to take a chance on books sounding like something I’ve just read; because stories can be like finger prints – no two are alike.
There truly is a difference. It’s in the details. So don’t be fooled by the synopsis. Live dangerously – take a chance. You may discover a treasure.
I like to liven things up a bit by switching genres. Now, that will get rid of the same-old, same-old feeling.
Here’s my latest offering of interesting books
Buckeye Promises – A Promise Forged book 1 – Cara Putman
Who is Harrison Sawyer? – Aaron D. Gansky
Gift of the Magpie – Zoe M. McCarthy
Prince Edward Island Dreams – The Red Door Inn book 1 – Liz Johnson
Secrets in Savannah – Seeking Mr Perfect book 3 – Yvonne Lehman
Dangerous Love, Secrets of Rios Azules – Color of Danger, Taste of Danger, Touch of Danger – Alexa Verde
May your summer be fine and your days filled with plenty of time to read.