Genre Analysis of Blurbs
It is interesting to note the nature and range of adjectives, complex-nominal and verbs. This is because these parts of speech factor heavily in genre analysis. One notable part of speech that this paper will focus on is the blurb.
The blurb represents an interesting and thought-provoking series of events.. It is important to analyze the text for its structure and would be done by identifying the move structure of the blurb.
The data used here presents a three-move structure that includes:
1. Evaluation: A word written by the same author of the books or novels. It may also be written by another writer or by newspapers that loved the book and wished to evaluate it and tell the readers how good it is. For example: “This remarkable novel gives a moving, credible view of the outsiders from the inside….”, by (The Horn Book).
2. Description: description usually refers to a summary of the book's contents, the character and the main subject of the book. For example "We meet powerful characters in a book with a powerful message." by (the Horn Book).
3. Signature: a simple description about the author or the person who wrote this blurb. For example "The Horn Book". (The Horn Book magazine).
The three-move structure usually begins with a description, followed by the signature and the evaluation. The evaluation may or may not be present—it is usually found on books that have been in circulation for some time and have garnered a good following.
It is necessary to define a number of terms at this point. First, the word "fizzle" refers to a failure of some sort (E.g. "The program, though initiated with great effort, soon fizzled."). A demonstration refers to the act of proving something by displaying evidence (E.g. "The demonstration of higher success rates in exams by reading thoroughly convinced students."). Finally, a victim is a person who suffers harm due to the action of some impersonal agency (E.g. "Many innocent people become victims of car accidents due to reckless driving.").
In another example, the author of the book [insert book title here] uses the word fizzle in the chapter entitled "Terrorism Nine Eleven", as he wanted to convey to readers that the reasonable assumption that the anthrax attack was just intended to spread panic is not true and the attack failed in its aim as it was directed to do mass killing and not to kill five people only. This word arouses the interest of the reader by denying the accepted notion about the anthrax attack. The use of fizzle in the sentence adds drama to the paragraph and provokes reader to continue reading as the sentence ends at word fizzle, giving no more information. This word imparts feeling of being stunned on the reader.
In another chapter of the book, the word "demonstration" is used in the text with a subtle ironic tone. The author rejects the opinion that anthrax attack was to scare US people; it was meant to commit mass murder instead. The word gives the reader the message that the pre-agreed notion of anthrax attack was not correct and the actual meaning is described by the author.
Finally, the author also uses the word "victim" to define the state of the people whom the terrorists targeted. The word in the text is associated with high profile people to emphasize the fact that the attacks were intended to harm influential people and terrorize the rest.
In the genre, the verb is used in imperative mood and the subjunctive mood. The imperative mood is used to give commands. The subjunctive mood is used to express something has not yet taken place, whether it's a wish, action, possibility or opinion. (E.g. The verb in the sentence "Heaven forbid" is in such a mood).
The paragraph which stated that anthrax attack was intended to cause more damage; the imperative mood is reflected in the sentence “it is just as reasonable to conclude, however, that it was fizzled’. In this sentence, the author gives a strong suggestion that the attack didn’t kill the number of people it was expected to.
After the imperative mood of the verb, the text then moves to subjunctive verbs in which author discusses the possible motives of the terrorist and the cause of second attack. The sentence “…terrorists may have panicked” expresses the suggestion that terrorists panicked due to unexpected results and, therefore, mailed out all the anthrax they had. All throughout the genre, the verb takes either the imperative or subjunctive mood. The genre also includes causative verbs, which defines the cause of the action.
The moods of the genre vary as the author explains the events of the biological attack. They also vary due to the revelation that that the anthrax attack was supposed to have killed millions of people, yet it turned out to be a failed mission for terrorists. The author starts with giving strong suggestions and continues with discussing the assumptions that would have been driven the anthrax attacks. The tone of the text is convincing as the author is breaking a profound notion and suggesting a new one about the attacks. The change of verbal moods enables the reader to relate with the text. The actual blurb on the jacket of the novel hints at these twists and verbal mood shifts, yet it is only in the text that the reader experiences the full range of emotions behind them.
Blurb 1: “Terrorism Nine-Eleven revealed!” by Abdullh Alghanem.
If you ever wanted to delve into the nitty-gritty details behind Nine-Eleven, then this is the book for you. Author Richard Muller does an outstanding job of discussing the unanticipated and unique approach that the terrorists adopted for the attack. The book delves into the details of the events behind, before and during the terrorist attack and the real reason behind the fall of twin towers in physical terms.
Muller doesn't stop there, however. He also provides a detailed physics-based framework to reveal the exact extent of the destruction it caused. He explains the attack's events in a practical, applicable and engaging manner that everyone from class dunces to future presidents can understand.
Blurb 2: “Presenting the Complete Idiot's Guide to Terrorist Nukes” by Abdullh Alghanem.
Have you ever wondered about the nature of the Nine Eleven terrorists' anticipated nuclear weapon approach? Wonder no more. In this book, Richard Muller formulates hypotheses about a nuclear attack and puts them to the test. Using his trademark wit, the author frames and tests the hypotheses in relation the damage that such an attack can cause. He also explains the types of nuclear attacks and bombs and the physics behind them in great detail without resorting to boring, highfaluting scientific explanations. If you ever wanted to understand the true nature of a nuclear explosion without going through the tedium of a local science class, then read this book!
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