Blurbs for hot new writers' books unfailingly liken them to a handful of known quantities, Chris Rovzar observes in New York. Here are some of the most-abused blurb comparisons:
- F. Scott Fitzgerald or Edith Wharton. Writing about crumbling, decadent high society? "If you're a boy, you're Scott; if you're a girl, you're Edith."
- Candace Bushnell. If your "concept is so good and sexy that you don't have to worry about execution."
- Hunter S. Thompson. If "your publicist couldn't even get through the book but sensed it would be transgressive, you are a Hunter." If you’re somewhat readable, you’re Kerouac.
- David Sedaris. The giveaway: "Witticisms so sharp you don't have to worry about the truth."
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