Recently, I’ve started compiling a list of adjectives I’ve noticed are used effectively in book blurbs and reviews. I’ve been trying to improve my media (books and films) review writing abilities, and I’ve discovered that reading reviews that I like to model by is extremely helpful.
Furthermore, I’ve discovered that adjectives are especially evocative. Typically an adjective (such as “glorious”) is associated with and thus evokes a certain feeling and likely imagery that we connect with that emotion (for “glorious,” mine is a brilliant sunset filled with oranges and pinks and light blue skies, or something that instill awe).
So here’s the list that I’ve compiled so far.
Lovely. Awesome. Fantastic. Brilliant. Priceless. Wonderful. Beautiful. Amazing. Stunning. Gripping. Original. Perfect. Heartwarming. Genuine. Authentic. Real. Extraordinary. Masterpiece. Affectionate. Charming. Effective. Inspiring. Exquisite. Adorable. Sweet. Best. Simply ____. Enchanting. Impressive. Lush. Understated. Witty. Delightful. Enjoyable. Thrilling. Own It! Relatable. Fizzing. Dazzling. Confident. Meaningful. Deep. Purpose. Capture. Rapture. Wise. Delicious. Honest. Compelling. Dynamic. Agreeable. Amiable. Bittersweet. Warm. Thoughtful. Breathtaking. Flair. Captivating. Sweeping. Unputdownable. Magical. Brimming. Sad. Transportation. Happy. Delighted. Unrelenting. Intense. Peaceful. Attentive. Provocative. Evocative. Glorious. Smart. Dashing. Rereadable. Spicy. Mesmerizing. Simple. Delicious. Engaging. Vivid. Mysterious. Epic. Gritty. Swashbuckling. Realistic. Awe-Inspiring. Gorgeous. Perfectly Imperfect. Absolutely ____! Lyrical. Whimsical. Adventurous. Wild. Unexpected. Rich. Swashbuckling. Clever. Elegant. Visceral. Shattering. Heart-breaking. Mind-bending. Nostalgic. Brutal. Poetic. Creepy. Quirky.
And honestly, just start naming off how wonderfully the story twists or handles a favorite trope always gets to me.
This is pretty self-explanatory, methinks. 😉 ❤
Disclaimer: Both of these lists are non-exhaustive and ongoing.
If you have any additions you’d suggest that I add to my Adjectives list, please let me know in the comments below! 🙂 I’d love to know what you think!
Editor’s Note: Thanks to Sarah Seele for adding to my list the word “swashbuckling.” ❤
Thanks to The Story Sponge for adding “Clever. Elegant. Visceral. Shattering. Heart-breaking. Mind-bending. Nostalgic. Brutal. Poetic. Creepy. Quirky.” to my list. ❤