Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Break-Up Letter to Ghost Books



Dear Surprise Ghost Books,








It's hard for me to say this, but I just don't think we're right for each other.  It's not that I don't like a good paranormal/haunting book, it's just that I like to KNOW what I'm getting myself into before reading and you like to surprise me.  I know you think that is sweet, but I don't want to be surprised by your ghosts.

You see, I need to be in the mood to read most books-- and when I get a surprise ghost??  It makes me have to get in a completely different mood, and most times I consider not even wanting to finish reading you.

THEN, sometimes when you surprise me with the ghosts, you make them romantic interests.  And then living humans are making out with ghosts-- and I just......




The first major one I can think of is How to Hang a Witch, and it's true that book had other issues as well, but the main thing was: SURPRISE GHOST LOVE INTEREST.

Next, there was The Name of the Star (Shades of London) by Maureen Johnson.  Maybe I'm dense, but I really didn't know there was a GHOST killer until it happened.  And I did not like.

Finally, A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma, which was one where I'm not even sure who was dead-- but some people definitely were.  Not a fun twist considering it was obvious that some people were dead/ghosts.




So, rather than to keep torturing each other, I propose that we just end things.  You let me know up front that you are a ghost book, and I'll decide if that's something I'm interested in reading-- and if you are a ghost romance book, I'll probably be passing.




Love,

10 comments:

  1. Haha! I'm not sure I've ever had a surprise ghost book. Sorry they have been not good fornyou but I get it.

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    1. I hadn't read any before HOW TO HANG A WITCH-- and then Boom!!! They just keep coming. I like paranormal, but I want to know what I'm getting into. I don't think I would like a surprise magical realism either. Magic is either supposed to be there or it's not-- I need rules and not convenience.

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  2. Hahaha this is a great post! Sometimes a twist really works, other times... not so much. Sorry to see these ones didn't work for you!

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    1. Yeah-- I don't like surprise genre changes.... or surprise ghost romance :(

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  3. I'm with Grace, I'm not sure I've ever had a surprise ghost book, so that's pretty wild that you've come upon so many lately (although I had a year where I managed to read three or four books that involved teen girls getting romantically involved with their male cousins, and not in a Jane-Austen-marry-your-cousin-the-Earl-of-Moneybags kind of way, either, ICK, so I get how this happens!). Hopefully you'll be free of these kinds of books from now on!

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    1. OMG!!! I would totally write a break-up letter to those incest cousin-love books!! That is gross!!!

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  4. Haha, what a great post! Surprise ghosts, especially in romantic situations, is not really something I can get behind.

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  5. I laughed as I read this, but I actually don't mind the ghost thing. It doesn't tend to come up a lot in the books I read, since I read mostly contemporaries, though. The romantic ghost is a bit odd, but I have seen it so many times in other books and movies, I guess I am desensitized to it.

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  6. Ha! I don't think I'd be all that happy with a surprise ghost either but I must admit it hasn't really been a problem so far. :)

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