Teaser Tuesdays: Another Teaser from Night Film


I finished this book over the long weekend, and this must be the creepiest, scariest book I read this year.

Here’s a fairly innocuous teaser:

Darkness. I know it’s hard to fathom today, but a true artist needs darkness in order to create. It gives him his power. His invisibility. The less the world knows about him, his whereabouts, his origins and secret methods, the more strength he has.

The more inanities about him the world eats, the smaller and drier his art until it shrinks and shrivels into a Lucky Charms marshmallow to be consumed in a little bowl with milk for breakfast.

Did you ever really think he’d ever let that happen?

Night Film ~ Marisha Pessl

I have to say I don’t quite understand the need for so many italics in this teaser (the italics are bolded in the above quote for emphasis). For some reason, Pessl peppers her prose with italics. It bothered me at times.

Are you bothered by unnecessary italics?

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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