What do you think of books that receive a lot of hype? (think of the “Twilight” saga, or “Harry Potter”, or “The Da Vinci Code”). Do you read them? Why, or why not?
For some books, hype is very much deserved, and for others I just don’t see it. Either way, hype or no, I’ll still read it if the story appeals to me.
The Twilight books for instance, I didn’t read them until they were out, and I didn’t know what they were even about. When I did read them though, I let it suck me in and I ended up reading all four books in a week. The Harry Potter books I’ve been reading since they started coming out. I’ve read all the books, seen all the movies. I will gladly admit to still loving Harry Potter, I’ve invested a lot of time into the series. Recently there has been a lot of hype surrounding the Stieg Larsson trilogy. Yet, I didn’t agree to read it until a fellow bookworm co-worker told me her thoughts on it. The Kite Runner also had quite a bit of hype about it, but I didn’t read it until at least a year after it came out. When I did read it though, I absolutely loved it, and I felt all the raving and the, “You need to read this book!” was well deserved.
When it comes down to it, I don’t really care whether people are hyping about how good a book is or adamantly someone protests against it. If it catches my eye, then so be it. I may buy a book when there is hype about it, but I won’t get around to reading it until months afterwards. Simply, hype is not what is important to me when it comes to reading a book.
Even if a book is wildly popular, I will only read it if something about it appeals to me.
Here’s my musing:
That is exactly how I felt with Twilight. All the books were out and I just was seeing them and didn’t know anything about them…so I was able to go into and have fun reading them with no expectations.
Yeah! I hate when I go into things with expectations and then come away thouroughly disappointed. Most recently it happened for me with Dear John. I loved the book, but the movie was ruined.