Folly in Print, (London, 1667) Wing / 436:03
I had to laugh when I came across this tract by John Raymond, 17th century author of Folly in Print, or A Book of Rymes (1667).
Right away, on the first page, he lets the readers know it really isn't his fault if you don't like his book:
"Whoever buyes this Book will say,
Next, Raymond then explains to his readers that if they believe what the bookseller says (or sings, as was often the case), it's their own fault if they find they don't like the book after all.
"... in Books, where for money or exchange, we take our choice, and in our own Election please our selves;
Can you imagine if authors could still add this type of caveat emptor today? Madness!
But I'm sure there are many authors today--especially those stung by hurtful reviews--who might wish they could say something like this to their readers:
I doe not promise for my Book nor say 'tis good, but here's variety and each man (of his own pallat) is the certain judge:
You might like my book, you might not. To each her own!
But what do you think? Have you ever felt deceived about a book?
6/27/2013 12:40:14 pm
Fun one! Loved your book, by the way.
6/27/2013 03:49:34 pm
Crazy! You did have this in your preface, didn't you?
Carolina, sometimes I've been really surprised by books too, mostly when I think its one genre, and really its a cross-over genre or a different genre altogether. For example, I'm a bit puzzled when I think I'm reading a historical and all of a sudden there's time travel or something. Not to say I don't enjoy time travel stuff, but I'd prefer to know that upfront. That's when I've felt a little deceived. Thanks for stopping by!
7/3/2013 03:30:11 am
I have totally felt deceived by one or two authors, and I never read them again. Who wants to pick up a novel expecting a great mystery only to find out its a --gasp--romance where the heroine kinda sorta stumbles into "solving" a crime while swooning after the hero who actually does all the hard work and saves her life in the bargain. thanks for letting me vent--bad mystery memories!
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