I think it is hilarious when I read a synopsis and there are the lengthy warning labels. I’m not talking about the ones you see that says: Due to the sexual content, it is recommended for 18 and over. I’m talking about the warnings that go into great detail and sometimes that alone hooks me on a book. Is that weird? It really doesn’t matter to me if it is or not, they make me giggle! The more outrageous the warning, the better I like them. This also means, I’m in for a great book, I don’t mind outrageously explicit books. The warning is letting me know exactly what I’m in for.
“Dear Reader, Thank you for taking the time to pick up this book. There are a few things I would like you to know before you begin reading: First, if you are looking for a book where the heroine meets the hero, who happens to be the college football star, on the first day of college, this is not that book; Second, if you are looking for hot, raunchy sex (WOHOO! Good for you.), this is not that book; Third, if you have a problem with gay people or drag queens, this is not the book for you. Fourth, if cussing or vulgar language offends you, this is not the book for you. There’s no need to message me about how many times this happens. I’ve already counted for you; it’s much easier in a Word document. Fuck appears thirty-five times. Shit appears fourteen times. Damn appears thirty-one times. Bitch appears twelve times. Fifth, I’m not a medical professional. I’ve done my best to make the situations realistic, but they may not go by a medical textbook. If you want to read such, I hear Gray’s Anatomy— the textbook, not the TV show— is good for that. Finally, if you want to read about a mature woman rediscovering love, then I hope you take a chance on through infinity and enjoy it. Sincerely, Libby” (Though Infinity, Libby Austin)
“Ryan Millen. Notorious playboy. Forever a bachelor. Never one to settle. Loves his one-night-stands. Ryan has loved his single status without any desire to settle down into a permanent relationship. Why would he? To be in a relationship requires work and sacrifice. Why go through all that trouble to make himself miserable just to make a woman happy?”(Unexpected Love, Casey Clipper)
“WARNING: STRINGS is not suitable for slut shamers, uptight stone throwers, Holier-Than-Thou prudes, humorless virgins, persons with chronic neck or back pain, pearl-clutching bitties, those who disparage crude humor or vulgarity in their many forms, closed-minded people with sticks up their asses, or anyone under the age of 18. The vile, base language and shocking, unholy sexual acts contained herein are not condoned by anyone with a lick of sense and should certainly not be reproduced without proper training and protection. The potty-mouthed and perpetually horny "heroine" (the term is used loosely) of this book does not resemble a normal, well-adjusted, or remotely believable person in any way, shape, or form. The author acknowledges that the characters in this book are shallow and two-dimensional; the plot is both ridiculous and insipid. She makes no apologies for any of it.
* Readers are strongly advised to wear latex gloves whilst reading to minimize contamination risks” (Strings, by Kendall Grey)
I mean really, who can resist reading Strings, after reading that warning? I was getting my oil changed, when I read that, I could not hold in my laughter, people were looking at me like I was on drugs! They started moving their children away from me, when my car was ready, they had to call my name twice because I was still reading and laughing. I would have been embarrassed in my past but, since I started blogging and connecting with authors and other lovers of books, I have come out of my shell a little.
I say of all of this to make a few points. The industry has changed so much over the last several years with social media and Amazon, that everyone is either an author or a reviewer. When I was just reading for pleasure and buying all of my books, I read every single synopsis to see if it was going to be something I would enjoy since I was spending my money on them. Now when I read books for review, I often do not read the synopsis, but that is as a reviewer. I really love going into the book blind, that way I’m really surprised by what happens in the plot. When I see that they have these warning labels or letters, I do take a minute to read them, I’m a curious person. I read several different genres but, there are several genres I shy away from too. I shy away from those because I know I don’t enjoy those as much. If I don’t enjoy reading the book, I’m very likely to rate the book well ( i.e. I don’t care for horror). When I see other readers / reviewer rate books low that had “warning labels” or synopsis that are clearly labeled what they are about, rated low for the reason that is stated in the “warning” I think that is really unfair. This is like me going to rate all of Stephen King’s books one star because they are too gory and scary. I read outside of my normal genre and I rated low when the synopsis probably told me it was scary. That isn’t really fair to an author who wrote a great book.