Created By: CrypticMirror on April 5, 2011

The Blurb

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Do we have this? Those quotes on the back of books (or on movie posters, "best comedy of the year by far" for a film released in january) saying how great the subject is (and sometimes just copy-pasted by the publisher) from other authors or reviewers. Usually a complete lie, or so utterly generic that it gives no clue as to what the book is about (although Terry Pratchett once used a critic's denigration of a book as the blurb for it), and occasionally giving away the entire plot. An integral part of the publishing industry these days.
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • April 6, 2011
    Covers Always Lie includes misleading blurbs on books and other media.
  • April 6, 2011
    I suppose the question is, should we have an article on just what the blurb is and what it is supposed to achieve?
  • April 6, 2011
    Yes. Books have blurbs, they count as tropes, so include them.

    Just leave out the The from the title. It's redundant. The page should just be called Blurb.
  • October 20, 2012
    Having a blurb isn't a trope, just like having cover art isn't a trope. Covers Always Lie is where the trope's at. Discarding, since we don't need a Useful Notes page on this.