Let’s talk about the hype!
We’ve all heard of and experienced some hype surrounding books. You know, when a book (or series) manages to claw its way out of oblivion and into the consciousness of the majority of the reading community. The number of people who are aware of the book increases, the ratings skyrocket, and the author makes mad money!
Take The Fault in Our Stars, for example. Once upon a time, it was just a book written by just an author. Then, KA-BAM: the book was mentioned on every social media site; people were weeping; children were screaming; a movie was made; and Ansel Elgort is a cutie-pie (ahem). John Green went from being a YA writer to the YA writer.
But why? Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the power of hyped books.
Let’s face it; we’ve all felt the need to do things just because everyone else is doing them. And when it comes to hyped books, it makes total sense. If a multitude of people are reading one particular book and loving it, then the book must be brilliant.
Unfortunately, what a reader experiences after reading a hyped book may vary. Sometimes the book, which is so excruciatingly popular for unknown reasons, is found by reader to be excruciatingly bad. Other times the reader thinks of the book as decent but does not enjoy it as much because the hype set impossible expectations that the book could not deliver. Then there are times when the book is amazing and the reader feels that it completely deserved the hype and praise it received.
We are all different. We possess different skills, preferences, and opinions. Therefore, I personally believe that book hypes are not reliable to my own preferences. Just because thousands of other people loved a book does not necessarily mean I will too. Whenever I read a hyped book, I make sure to begin reading with absolutely no expectations. That way, I either won’t be disappointed or will be pleasantly surprised.
Now it’s time for me to stop talking (or writing?) and for you to start.
Do you find the hype to be reliable? What books do you think have lived up to the hype? What books deserve hype?
I’m Sara, a Colombian teenager with a never-ending enjoyment for reading. I’m a Netflix and Disney enthusiast and my monumental obsession is coffee, so I can do nothing with more energy.