I’ve recently been involved in a twitter chat with @valerievaldes regarding reader expectations and it got me thinking. What exactly makes you pick up a book, and what makes you put it back down again, half-read or unread?
Let’s discount, for a second, the possibility of you knowing the author and would pick up anything he/she wrote. We’ll get back to that option later. You just walk into a bookstore, looking for something new to feast your literary mind on. What attracts you to a book…
a) the cover
b) the blurb
c) review comments on the jacket
d) none of those you always research first by reading reviews
And conversely, what is it that makes you put the book down as not what you were looking for?
a) cover doesn’t match the blurb or vice versa
b) you’ve read a bit and it’s not what you expected from the blurb/cover/reviews
c) you don’t like the style
And what does this lead to for you?
a) give the author another chance, this may be a one-off mismatch
b) avoid the author because once burned and all that?
Pretty please let me know what you think, I’m really interested!