I think everyone of us has picked up a book that totally didn’t turn out as expected. Sometimes the blurb is misleading. Sometimes the cover. Sometimes you just hear the title and think you have a good idea! But then your hopes are crushed and it’s something completely different!
Sometimes it doesn’t mater and it’s still a good read. But other times it’s super disappointing!
I show you some books I read that were totally different from what I expected
Die Katze unterm Christbaum / Julie Beard and others
This one I read or TRIED to read in German, if you translate it, it’s called ‘The Cat under The Christmas Tree’ and it was sold as a short story collection featuring cats. It even had a cat on the cover.
So what do I expect? Cute & fluffy cat stories!
What do I get? Freaking time travel and a cheesy highlander romance! Sexy times inclusive.
Yes, that is what’s in there! Those cheeky publishers.. It starts with a cat, I have to say that at least! But then the cat is missing and its owner somehow winds up in the 16th century where a muscly highlander (you probably only see his torso for the whole story) thinks she is supposed to become his wife. And well, you can expect what follows. I didn’t even finish, highlander romances scare me!
Watership Down / Richard Adams
This is cheating a bit, because I never read the book. But watched the movie when I was 5/6. I saw a commercial about a cartoon bunny movie and I was a huge bunny fan (still am)! I just got my own little rabbit and was excited to see it…My parents didn’t know the story and thought, ‘Cool, why not?’
What I was expecting? A cute, fluffy, happy bunny movie ❤
What I got? A trauma.
This movie freaked me out so bad. So much death and violence and sad scenes and blood and I got nightmares from the black rabbit of death! I have to say though, I sat through it and my parents didn’t switch it off… I can’t watch this movie, even now.
Kushiel’s Dart / Jacqueline Carey
This is a case where I was happy that I didn’t get what I was expecting. I read this as a buddy read with a couple of friends and my expectations were not very high.
What I expected: Lots of sex, S/M, Bondage, relationship drama etc. A bookish orgy.
What I got: A beautifully written story with intriguing characters where sex is not used for its own sake but to enhance the plot. Has a great love story too.
The Girl with All the Gifts / M. R. Carey
What I expected when I first heard about this book: A story about a super intelligent young girl who is used by scientists in a laboratory.
What I got: Zombies, kinda. So I was happy!
The Last Days of California / Mary Miller
What I expected: The Apocalypse!
What I got: A coming-of-age story
It’s a depressing Roadtrip. I should have read more of the blurb.. The main girl’s parents think the world is about to end, but it actually isn’t. Meh.