Random Musing

I haven’t done one of these in, like, FOREVER! I was thinking about books, trends, and remakes. So I was checking out a post from belleofthelibrary, who noted some books written outside the U.S. You can check out her post here. Actually the cover of Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed made me think of another book and I also noticed The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh in there as well.

The Written in the Stars cover made me think of A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston which is a retelling of 1001 Nights. Of course, Saeed’s story has nothing to do with the classic while Ahdieh’s book does but it still reminded me of a book which reminded me of something else.

a_thousand_nights

1001 Nights is getting it’s turn in the retelling business. Aladdin is also getting a turn in ABC’s Once Upon a Time series which I am excited about!

At the book store, a couple of book covers caught my eye and on reading the summaries I noticed a few that were retellings of the beautiful storyteller who’s spared from the mad king’s wrath.

Before that, The Wizard of Oz was going through and Alice in Wonderland was getting a spin from dozens of wonderful authors. Fairytales like Snow White, Cinderella, and Beauty & the Beast still regularly get re-imaginings from creative minds as well.

It makes me wonder: What’s next?

Not that all these retellings are a bad thing. It’s always nice finding a new spin on an old favorite. Shoot, I’m reading the Dorothy Must Die series, Danielle Paige’s dark take on L. Frank Baum’s Oz books.

But it certainly is interesting to see what picks up and what doesn’t.

 

 

 

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A random musing…. Republishing and Research

I noticed something when browsing books, mainly in the romance section online. I haven’t noticed it in other areas yet but if someone wants to give me a heads-up.

Well, I’m a fan of paranormal-romance author, Christine Feehan. I love her Carpathian series and some of her other ones and as I was just browsing her books, reading reviews and I come across a re-print of hers called Sea Storm.

Cover for Sea Storm

Cover for Sea Storm

This is a re-print of two of her Drake series novels, Magic in the Wind which is a little short story and the first in the series, and Oceans of Fire the 3rd book in the seven book series.

Magic in the Wind

Magic in the Wind

Oceans of Fire

Oceans of Fire

Amazon states at the top it’s a two-in-one of two previously published books. Now, I know there’s a wonderful thing called “pre-order” but I think in this case it didn’t work out so well for some people. Browsing the reviews there were some 1 or 2 star reviews a few days after the publishing date. These people were pissed off, saying how they got ripped off, “I already have these books,” “they shouldn’t re-publish under a new release.”

The worst of this was when these reviewers say, “I will never buy from this author again!”

This was the same with a few of Maya Banks’s Harlequin books. But I also noticed the publisher for her Anetakis trilogy is re-releasing the three books again. (Minor rant: you just release The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress under The Mistress with a new cover for $3.99 on ebook and now you want to release it again under a new cover for more?? Stop, publishers. Just…stop. -__-)

Anyway.

I was just wondering what people think about when they purchase books online. For me, if I see a book by an author I like I try and see what it’s about. If the blurb or a cover or even the release date aren’t on the retail website, I go to the author’s website. Author’s are usually delighted to share impending releases with us, so there’s usually some type of news on their website or social media outlets.

If I can’t find anything, I just wait. Not patiently, mind you, but I eagerly wait for information while wondering what this new book is going to be about. Is it a new series? The latest addition of one of the author’s current series? The anticipation ’bout kills me.

However, I do not make a decision to buy until I know what I’m getting. Otherwise I’ll be left saying, “Huh. I already have this book. Nice cover though.”

What do you do you do when you see an upcoming release or new-looking book from your favorite author? Is it right at to the buy button? Do you look for the summary first? What do you do when scouting for new books in general?

A random musing….

Book covers

One thing I noticed when browsing books at stores or on websites is covers. Book covers are designed to catch our eye and pull us in. “Look at me. Open me. Buy me,” they say. I’ve read a lot of YA fiction and one thing I noticed were the trilogies. Well, you know, it doesn’t have to be YA but book covers in general.

Anyway. To my point, I noticed trilogy books tend to have a color scheme of RGB; red, green, and blue. Or red, blue, and yellow. The Matched trilogy by Allie Condie uses green (Matched), blue (Crossed), and red (Reached). Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy used this same color scheme. Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games uses yellow, red, and blue. Primary colors are really a thing I noticed. Sometimes I wonder why primary colors. Is it because these colors are easier on the printers? Do books with these colors tend to sell better? Is it because they match??

Obviously there are other trilogy books out there that use this same scheme and others that don’t.

Have you ever run by a series that just jumped out at you? Know of any other trilogy I didn’t mention here? Or maybe one that doesn’t follow the RGB type color scheme?

This has been a random musing, maybe not the best musing, but a random one.