Thursday, January 14, 2010

Flapper? Or Not a Flapper?

This week's Booking Through Thursday asks:




Suggested by Prairie Progressive:

Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?


Um, yes, always! I get so frustrated when books don't have a synopsis on them and only talk about previous books, or the author, or have quotes about how much people loved the book. I read the 'flap' so I know whether or not I want to read the whole book. Granted, depending on if the flap goes from the front of the book to the back of the book, I'll probably get distracted by something else, I am scanning within it for key words/phrases that usually tip me off to whether a book is my style or not.

Now, if I have decided to buy that book, when I read it I will again read the flap, this time in it's entirety and I will usually read it again at some point during some phase of reading the book to see if I can glean any clues about what's about to happen in the next phase of the story because I then suddenly become someone who wants the flap to quickly reveal all of the book to me! However, I get over it and get back to reading the book. So ya, I'm a flapper!

9 comments:

  1. I'm a sometime-flapper. If I don't know much about a book, I definitely read the dust jacket info. But I do a lot of online research about most books before I decide whether or not to read them. So sometimes I don't really need to look at those flaps.

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  2. We are vastly different in our flapping. :) My answer: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/booking-through-thursday-14-january.html

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  3. I'm the same as you, I get really annoyed when the back of the book is praise for the authors other works!
    Alayne - The Crowded Leaf.

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  4. I like the flap to tell me something about what the book is about, too. Except for when they say too much!

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  5. I'm a flapper, too. And when it's just quotes? Grrrrrrrrr.

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  6. I'm not a flapper, per se. I will read flaps to break up tension during an intense or scary book. Otherwise, I'm afraid that flaps typically state too much and will spoil the book for me; therefore, I avoid them.

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  7. I need to read flaps too, else I feel like something is missing :)

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  8. It seems like the publisher gives too much away these days, so I usually avoid the flaps.

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  9. I'm a flapper. It doesn't matter if there is a spoiler. If the book was something I really wanted to read then I want to know all of the nitty-gritty details that got me to that point.

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