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?