Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About
— Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.
- Different Book Sizes
I have a very nice shelf space at the moment, so imagine my utter horror when I bought Crooked Kingdom and it was TALLER than Six of Crows! They’re paperback, why…. why? Why. You ruined my aesthetic and the books I lie flat on top look all wibbly.
2. UK vs US covers
A LOT of the time I prefer US covers over the UK versions. A lot. Sometimes it doesn’t make a difference, others I like the UK but in cases such as Daughter of the Burning City, where the UK cover could belong to any old book in any genre with no distinct personality, I love the US version because it gives you such a sense of MOOD.
UK / US
And while I’m on the subject, women in dresses as a cover. This does not tell me anything about the book! Other than it involves a woman in a dress. Nothing.
3. Reviews At The Beginning
There was a book to do with Angels and it had 14 pages of glowing reviews at the beginning. Yes, I counted, and yes it was front and back. 14 pages. It put me off, because I want to make my own mind up, and I wondered how sodding desperate people were to form the same opinion. It was so bad I can’t even remember the name of it, I just recall it had yellow and blue on the cover.
4. UK doesn’t do hardovers
When books are released in the UK it’s generally paperback first. This is why, originally, I was a bit confused as to the hoo-haa of paperbacks releasing separately in the USA and the big promotions people have for that.
Although they’re not as easy to read as paperbacks, I love hardcovers. There’s something about them, with their shiny glory, that I adore. And it makes me sad that the UK doesn’t do hardcovers unless they want to charge £20 for it.
5. Big, Convenient Proclamations Of Love
Story-centric now – there’s been tension. There’s been intrigue. People shoving their feelings away, even thought it was SO DAMN obvious as to how they felt for each other. And just as it all seems to end in a big, bloody battle, the hero stops the action to say-
I LOVE YOU.
Come on, man. Be like Hermione.