Wednesday, December 11, 2013

You like THE HOBBIT? My book is exactly like that!

There's this fun game we play at Comic Con when pitching our books to potential readers. Find out what they like, and explain how our book is exactly like their favorite book. And what better book to compare against than THE HOBBIT?

So below I give you a holiday shopping guide from the Inkies. For all those fans of THE HOBBIT who can't wait for the movie to come out, here are the many ways our books are exactly like this classic.


P. J. Hoover
How is SOLSTICE like THE HOBBIT? Let's see...the weather gets bad in THE HOBBIT and the weather gets really bad in SOLSTICE.

Erin Cashman
THE EXCEPTIONALS is like THE HOBBIT because Claire Walker finds herself trapped in a cavern deep beneath a mountain, like Bilbo Baggins, and like Bilbo she has to use her wits to escape.

Mike Jung
GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES is like THE HOBBIT because there's a scene where a couple of characters travel underwater inside a giant robot head, which isn't exactly like traveling down a river inside a barrel but I got nothing else and I like the Hobbit game, I WANNA PLAY THE HOBBIT GAME...

Lisa Green
THE BINDING STONE is like THE HOBBIT because Jered finds a magic ring that causes all sorts of problems.

Hilari Bell
THE KNIGHT & ROGUE books are like THE HOBBIT, because this is what Fisk thinks when Michael proposes that they go on an adventure:  A glorious adventure.  In other words, a disaster in the making. 

Lena Coakley
WITCHLANDERS is like THE HOBBIT because Ryder must go under a mountain to find the dark secrets hidden there.

Anne Nesbet
A BOX OF GARGOYLES is like THE HOBBIT (and, for that matter, a little like certain episodes of DR. WHO) because it contains scary stone statues that look like they might recently have been doing some moving around....

Ellen Booraem
TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD is like THE HOBBIT because the main character is a fearful homebody who ends up traveling way, way out of his comfort zone. And he finds his courage there!

Dawn Metcalf
INVISIBLE is like THE HOBBIT because Joy, like Bilbo, must face down a seemingly unstoppable foe in order to get back to a peaceful life.

William Alexander
My book GOBLIN SECRETS is like THE HOBBIT because goblins.

Miriam Forster
CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS is like THE HOBBIT because it has talking animals. :)

Katie Carroll
ELIXIR BOUND is like THE HOBBIT because it is a there and back again tale of Katora and her companions going into a dangerous forest on a mission and having to find their way back home.

Keely Parrack
SNOWPOCALYPSE is like THE HOBBIT because a small ragtag group has to face harsh weather and multiple foes as they battle their way through the mountains.

So there you go! All the many ways our books are exactly like THE HOBBIT! Enjoy reading and enjoy the movie!


P. J. Hoover is the author of the dystopia/mythology YA book, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 2013), the upcoming Egyptian mythology MG book, TUT (Tor Children's, Winter 2014), and the middle-grade SFF series, THE FORGOTTEN WORLDS BOOKS (CBAY, 2008-2010). You can read more about her and her books on P. J.'s website or blog.



  1. Great post! Now I'll be adding a few more books to my TBR list... :-)

    And Mike's description for 'Geeks, Girls, And Secret Identities' cracked me up!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! I love all the different ways everyone came up with. And it was so much fun to pull together :)

  2. Fun list, PJ! Thanks for putting together all the Hobbitses books.

  3. "GOBLIN SECRETS is like THE HOBBIT because goblins." XD Fun list!

  4. Love it PJ and what an easy way to get a holiday gift list together!


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