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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Thu, Mar. 10th, 2005 07:15 pm
An interesting tidbit on the HBP back cover blurb; HBP filter

Mugglenet has posted a small news item about the back cover blurb for HBP. Don't worry, it's not spoilery.

Looking for the synopsis on the back side of the HBP jackets?

US and UK publishers Scholastic and Bloomsbury have informed us that this time, they won't be releasing images of the back of the Half-Blood Prince jackets until July 16th because they reveal important plot details. In 2003, pictures of the back jackets were released, so this is a new strategy for them. Usually the summary on the back is printed to encourage people to read the book without giving away the story.

(Bold mine.)

I find it pretty odd that the publishers consider the back cover to be, well, too spoilery to share beforehand. After all, most readers will look at the back cover before reading the book, anyway. What is there to hide? Like the article said, cover blurbs are usually designed to give hints about the plot, without really giving anything away about the story. So...what's different this time? Why the change of policy?

A couple of ideas:

1. They know they have a captive audience of spoiler hos, and they like jerking our chains.
2. They like maintaining the mystique as long as possible, as with holding back on revealing the title of previous books.
3. Mugglenet is misinformed. Either we will be getting the blurb, but not as soon as we expect, or we will get the blurb, but not the back cover artwork, which is actually the spoilery part. (Although, if it were the latter, why Bloomsbury, too? Do the UK editions have back cover artwork? Even if they do, it surely won't show the same plot details as the US back cover, right?)
4.

There is something that the back cover gives away which might not be a big deal to casual readers, but will be to the kind of hard core fans who will seek out the blurb beforehand. I have a little theory about what such a thing could be, but I admit it's CRAXy. That is to say, I always hate it when shippers assume X non-shippy piece of info leads to Y shippy conculsion (like saying JKR's qoute about no one having guessed "one thing" means that Harry's going to fall in love with someone totally unexpected, just because she was talking about theories about "unusual pairings" right before that). But, I confess the first thought that leapt into my mind after reading this (okay, second, after "Hey! What?! NO FAIR, NO FAIR, NO FAIR!!11!!!!!!11! We wants it, yesss, precious! We NEEEEEDSS it.") was, "Hmm...the GoF blurb mentions Harry's crush on Cho. What if the HBP mentions, just in passing, something shippy? Wouldn't that be exactly the sort of thing that wouldn't mean much to the casual reader just browsing the book store shelves and glancing at the back cover, but WOULD mean quite a bit to obsessed fans?" And JKR knows this, so her publishers probably have some idea of it, too.

I know, it's probably a silly theory and I don't really have much basis for it, but...there it is.



Also, I guess I'd better make an HBP speculation filter. Comment here to let me know whether or not to put you on it. I will mention whatever spoilers I read (I'm somewhere between a no-gal and a go-gal when it comes to spoilers), but will still cut and warn even on the filter. I don't plan to make any more HBP-related posts between now and a few days after the release that aren't on the filter, so spoiler virgins (hee), if you're not on the filter, my journal should be safe for you. Spoiler hos, comment to be added. I won't make any assumptions. If you don't comment, you're not on the filter.

Joie

Current Mood: thoughtful intrigued
Current Music: Fleetwood Mac ~ "Gypsy"

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prongssr
prongssr
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)

What a disappointing piece of news! I can only hope that Mugglenet is in error, as this hasn't been reported by TLC, yet, but it does have a certain ring of truth to it, as they and JKR have not given us much to go on for the plot of book six.

I also agree that it could be a shippy spoiler, either in the summary or the artwork and JKR appears to be very worried about reactions towards ships, as she mentioned in her r/Hr and H/Hr being scary and vehement quote. Another idea is that it is a picture of the HBP.

If they are talking about the book summary, then it is very disappointing that they can't hire any staff who can effectively write a book summary that is exciting and mysterious, at the same time, without revealing too much info. I only hope this report isn't true.


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persephone_kore
persephone_kore
Persephone
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)

Put me on, please!

And why on earth would they put anything in the blurb that they don't want seen before you read the book?


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ashavah
ashavah
JK, Action Archivist Wannabe
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)

Yes, the British editions do have back cover art (e.g. the back cover of OotP showied the Fountain of Magical Brethren and the corridor int eh Department of Mysteries.

Yours,

JK


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)

I picked up a copy of one of the books in Canada a while back, and I remember thinking the artwork on the back cover was more sparse, and less plot-ish than the US version. (I think the version in Canada is the same as in the UK, right? I thought all the non-US English-speaking countries had basicially the same book as in the UK.)


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dome36
dome36
dome36
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)

Hi hymnia!

All this talk about covers starts to get on my nerves. And I think you are right about the back cover: probably it is related with something that the hard shippers automatically will understand. I wonder what it could be?

Hugs!

Dome


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piperx
piperx
The magpie's nemesis
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)

Interesting... I don't mind now as we still have quite a ways to go but I hope they reconsider when it gets closer to July.

Oh, and I definitely want to be on the filter.


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persephone_kore
persephone_kore
Persephone
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)

Also: I really am leaning toward "There has to be some mistake here" so far. If it's a shipper thing, or heck, something they think would make people not want to buy/preorder/whatever -- I have trouble believing that they realized this too late to rewrite it.


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connielane
connielane
Black Mamba
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)

I think we should probably differentiate between the back cover art and the summary blurb. The blurb is not actually on the back on the hardcovers. It's on the inside front of the dust jacket. As to whether they're going to withhold that info as well ... I can't help thinking if they're that tight-lipped about the cover art, they're bound to be more so over the blurb.

I hope I'm wrong, though. I WANT THAT SUMMARY!

Also, does this mean we won't see the Deluxe Edition art either?! *cries*


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)

Oh, that's true. I hadn't thought of that--I just went right along with Mugglenet's news writer in linking the back cover to the summary blurb.


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antbee
antbee
Your Friend Flicka
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)

Hi. My name is antbee, and I too am thinking CRAXy sort of thoughts right now.

I had two guesses of what the big thing could be if they're not just trying to yank our chains or maintain a mystique.

1. There's a picture of the Half-Blood Prince on both back covers.

Against: If the HBP is a new person, then it doesn't matter if he's on the back cover because we won't know who he is anyway unless there's a big spoiler underneath that says Blankety McNewcharacter, the Half Blood Prince. Somehow I doubt that the artwork would be that obvious.

Also, Dumbledore is on the front of two covers, and there's a lot of speculation that he is the HBP now. So whomever is on the back cover if it's a character that we already know would automatically be linked to the HBP, but it wouldn't really matter, because we don't even know if Dumbledore is or not. If say Snape is the HBP, just because he was on the back cover, wouldn't necessarily tell us that he was the HBP just like it doesn't tell anything except that Harry and Dumbledore have made up by having Dumbledore on the cover.

2. The back covers relate to something shippy.

Pro: At least with the UK version, I can see a connection there between the old wood desk and the Valentine Day teaser with the etching of Harry hearts ____ in wood of some kind. It could have been a tree, but the CRAXy thoughts in me think that, well, it could have been an etching on an old wood desk.

For the Scholastic version, I don't expect it would have the same Harry hearts etching on there, but maybe there's an illustration of Ginny, which would reveal too much since if there's a red-haired girl with Harry especially in a setting that is obviously romantic; then it would be difficult for people to not see that H/G was going to happen. (Of course, it wouldn't be impossible, but I won't go there now.)

I could also see JKR not wanting to release that information so soon because she's been very tight-lipped about H/G as opposed to R/Hr, and she may not want to deal with Misery-esque fans so soon.

Of course, all of these thoughts may turn out to be very wrong, but it's just very strange that there's so much secrecy about back covers.


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prettyveela
prettyveela
Jordan Catalano
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)

Great post antbee! Oh PLEASE let it be shippy. Moo ha ha ha!

Add me into the filter as well hymnia!


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lilac_bearry
lilac_bearry
Lilac
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)

I'm the same as you, I'm a medium spoiler person. So add me!

I think you might be right in the shipping info, because I don't think JKR wants hate mail just yet.

I'll be happy with whatever she writes, of course. :D


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major_dallas
major_dallas
Nate the Great
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)

ok I could go either way, I've tried to use non shippy scenes before to establish patterns of behavior, I admit it freely, that can be used in shippy scenes. Again I admit it freely. So if the back cover gave us a scene that might be shippy then cool. More than likely it is something to do with the HBP though. Of course until we see it, we don't know for sure, well just 4 more months to go, and yes, they will take forever. I'll say this, I would really like something definitely shippy though in either the blurb or the art, would make a nice change...


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gilyann
gilyann
GilyAnn
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)

I'm so surprised with this news yet I sort of expected it. I have no idea why but I'm guessing that we won't be getting either the summary or the art work. I mean if a simple artwork and summary has that much of the plot details can you all imagine what the actual book would be? I think this book is going to be a bomb.


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shipaholic
shipaholic
Crest of Empathy
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)

It does seem strange that they'd be so tight-lipped about spoilers when most people when they buy the book will read the back cover first anyway...

Oh, and I'd like to be added to the filter, please. :)


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sensefille
sensefille
Ironic Maiden
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)

I'd like to be included in your filter.


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firoza
firoza
Firoza
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)

I am a huge spoiler ho and love to read any and all spoilers, speculations and theories! I'd love to be added to your filter.

I just hope that Mugglenet is misinformed. I really, really want to see the back cover. So far, they've been great and did I mention I really, really want to see it?


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sannalim
sannalim
Chem TA Toni
Fri, Mar. 11th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)

I want in on that HBP Speculation filter.

This is rather odd, but other than that I'mn afraid I don't have much to add. I like antbee's theories.


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