Sunday, January 18, 2015

Let's Talk: Scared By Hype?

I admit sometimes if I see a book getting a lot of hype it makes me not want to read it as much...



So, I think it's safe to say that hype is a two sided dagger(I really hope this metaphor makes sense). Yes, it can make more people aware of the book and make you oh so excited to get your grubby paws on it but also....well it can make things disappointing and also scare you away from something. Maybe it's just me, but when I see tons and tons of people loving something it makes me think 'well maybe I won't love it, maybe I'll be the blacksheep, maybe it's great but not my thing,' and no one wants to be disappointed! Right?


I will admit, I might be a little hipster too in that I want to love something before other people, and like I want to be the minority(yes, I'm quoting Green Day). Now, this? This is something I just have to get over 'cause it's kind of stupid. But, there are other reasons I'm not as willing to jump into something that I see getting all the attention.


First of all, I don't trust a book that's getting all good reviews, it just shouldn't be possible! There's always going to be one person who just doesn't like the same things, or that this super super great character highly annoys. I am way more likely to read a book that has mixed reviews, that's just the way I am!

Why Is Hype Bad?


Because you can always be disappointed! I kind of love going into a book having heard next to nothing about it, maybe a few of my closest blogging friends have loved it and recommended it to me, but the whole world isn't blowing up over how it's the best thing ever! Then I go in thinking "okay, this could be a pretty awesome book". But, when the whole world is blowing up about it I spend more time trying to see what it is everyone loves about it then enjoying it. Or I go in thinking, "Okay this book is going to wow me, it's going to break me, and I'll never be the same again". Not to mention with some books you think you're just obligated to like it, think Fault In Our Stars, now I really do love that book but I think I would have enjoyed it more the first time I read it had I been oblivious to the fact that the whole world loves it.

If you're like me then you get to second guessing yourself; do I really love this book or do I only think I'm supposed to love it and therefore convince myself that I really do?

After experiences with Fault In Our Stars and If I Stay to name a couple, I've gotten really weary of hype. Obviously, there's nothing inherently wrong with hype, there are books that lots and lots of people love and that shouldn't effect whether I read it or not, but it does. I find myself reluctant to read a book I was super excited about when I see my Twitter blowing up with how this is the best book ever! Granted I shouldn't let that get to me, but it does! It's too much pressure! Not for me to love it but for the book to live up to it.


Okay, I'm going to end this post before I start repeating myself over and over again and descend into madness, but please do let know if hype ever scares you? And/or your overall opinion on overhyped books, does it make you more likely to read something, less, or does it make absolutely no difference to you?

11 comments:

  1. Great questiont! Last year I read a lot of buzz books and maybe half of them actually lived up to the hype. I'm trying not to fall for too much for marketing this year, but who knows. Right now I'm seeing way to much hype for Girl on A Train. It's off-putting and I probably won't read it. Are there any books that you think are over-hyped right now?

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    1. Yeah, I'm trying really hard not to dig into hype too much, like it's impossible not to see when a book is getting all of the reviews and everyone is lined up waiting for it, but I'm trying to stay away from the actual reviews and everything.

      Red Queen is the one I see getting a ton of hype and it makes me nervous. Also, All The Bright Places, it definitely deserves the hype, I read it and it was an amazing book but when I started seeing it pop up everywhere it made me really apprehensive about actually reading it.

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  2. YES! Oh my goodness, YES to all of this. Especially the part about second guessing yourself! I think that ALL the time- was the book actually good, or was I just programmed to think it was?

    I am currently scared of the hype for An Ember in the Ashes. Very scared. And I was scared for All the Bright Places. I have had "the hype" happen to me twice where I was left thinking "did I for real just read the same book as these people?", and those were We Were Liars and The Walled City. I have read a FEW not great reviews of We Were Liars, but The Walled City? I think I am the ONLY person who did not like that book!

    As for whether I am more likely to read it... yes and no. I will probably read it. But maybe I will wait until the hype dies down and I can find out what people ACTUALLY think of the book (because I agree- I do NOT trust a bunch of early 5 stars- it is probably the author's friends, family, street team, etc, which is fine, but not wholly accurate). Unless it is a book that I am hypeing to others. Then, I am in. Of course ;)

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    1. Yes, I was the same way with All The Bright Places! I was really considering putting off reading it because all of the hype it got! I'm the same way with We Were Liars too, at first when I was reading it I loved it and then I got to thinking, like eh, was it really THAT good? And while I have a review copy of Walled City I haven't read it yet because like you said the only not so great review I've seen for it is yours!

      Yeah, I have no concrete answer to my question, because yes sometimes it makes me want the book right away and doesn't bother me at all, but sometimes I feel like I just can't trust it!

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  3. I TOTALLY AGREE. I try to keep my hype in check, like reading less reviews on the hyped book. This happened for These Broken Stars, everyone else was loving it and I just didn't feel the same way. And then this also happened for Anna and the French Kiss as well. But oh well. I mean, bleh. it sucks but ah well :(

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    1. I was the same way with These Broken Stars, it just did not live up for me. Yeah, I try to avoid reviews because there's nothing to do about it, I just don't like getting my hopes up for a book before I read it!

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  4. Oh my gosh, YES! Thank you! I thought I was the only one who stayed away from overly hyped about books! But for me it isn't that I get scared away, i get TIRED of seeing the same book over and over and over and over..... But also, now that you mentioned it, I totally agree with what you said about a book getting ALL positive reviews. It's not normal... unnatural!! you could say it's... Supernatural ;) (Okay, you used a Sammy gif and my inner SPN fangirl couldn't resist, hehe)

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    1. Haha, yeah I thought I was the only one too! I was even a little nervous about posting this!

      Exactly I just can't trust something that EVERYBODY loves. Haha, awesome pun, I totally understand who can resist a perfect moment like that? =)

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  5. I usually like books that get a lot of hype actually - usually. But there is definitely some danger there, and I agree that there is the little thought at the back of my head that says, "Did I really love this or did I just go in prepared to love it because I'd heard so many amazing things?" So, it can be a double-edged sword. Great discussion!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  6. I feel like I'm more critical of books that get hyped up and sometimes I end up not really liking them. I usually try to shy away for a while from books that are too hyped. There are a lot of books that I've been just like, "You know what, I don't think I want to read this, even if everyone's raving about it."

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  7. Oh hype. Hype can be the worst for sure. Sometimes I like hype, like regarding of All The Bright Places because it definitely fits, but I can still understand people not liking it (though I love it).

    Overhyped books can scare me though, like with An Ember in The Ashes and Red Queen, but then there are other books I'm really excited for because of the hype (Mosquitoland and I'll Meet You There). I'm definitely more likely to read a hyped up books just because I want to be on the "hype train".

    Sometimes I like being the black sheep though and not like a hyped up book (Anna and The French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins both come to mind).

    And then there's always the risk of the hype influencing my opinion of the book, like "Did I really love it as much as I think I do or am I just super happy about it because other people love it as well and I should love it just as much (more). Great discussion, there needs to be more talked about with hype.

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