page-turner

page-turner

Meaning

  • a thrilling book
  • to have an interesting plot
  • refers to something that one cannot ignore
  • to create an instant interest

Example Sentences

  1. The book is a page-turner and now I cannot take a break until I complete reading it.
  2. You know I cannot resist a page-turner. Why did you have to recommend such a good book when you know I have to go away on a holiday soon?
  3. She has written a book recently and it is a complete page-turner.
  4. I am trying to write a page-turner but it is not so good so far.
  5. You cannot just create a page-turner of a book within a few weeks. It takes a lot of time and effort.
  6. The most I got from all the effort was that my book was considered a page-turner by the people that read it.

Origin

The phrase originated within the world of books and reading and is still used in the same context. A page-turner is an interesting book with plots that keep the reader motivated. One with many such plots of a sexual nature are called a “bodice ripper”. A bodice ripper has a scene with sexual connotation at a regular intervals so that it becomes a page-turner.

The expression can be traced since 1970-75.

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