Reasons to not read that book … or maybe you should!
Reverse psychology involves advocating ideas or behaviors that are in opposition to one’s desired goals according to Wikipedia. Above is a reverse mention of my book, Pratima’s Forbidden Book.
Some authors have taken the humorous approach of producing meme posters about why you, a potential reader, should not pick up and read their books. The reasons can include potential shortcomings in their books, or critiques of reading generally, or the particular genre, or perhaps larger criticisms of the world in general. Usually, the desired outcome derives from the hope of the author that you will be so intrigued that you will rush out and buy the book.
In K. M. Herkes’ example above for her book, Controlled Descent, we see negatives and tongue in cheek comments.
The hoped for psychological outcome seems similar to me to that in Goodreads reviews where controversy around a book results in more sales…
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