So today marks the start of my new discussion posts!
I really hope you guys enjoy these posts – they’ll be uploaded every Wednesday, right here on my blog.
I thought I’d start of these posts with a light-hearted topic: The Bookish side of YouTube, otherwise known as Booktube.
So let’s talk about Booktube!
If you’re not familiar with Booktube, it’s basically one side of YouTube where bookworms post videos of anything book related. Think of it as a book blog, but in video form. They tend to post book reviews, wrap-ups, book hauls, book tags…like I said, a lot like a book blog.
I personally love Booktube. I love spending time watching people talk about books, and I genuinely get excited when one of my favourite booktubers upload a new video. I even made a blog post a while ago about my favourite booktubers.
Booktube is where I get most of my book recommendations from. A couple of booktubers – Reagan @ Peruse Project and Sasha @ Abookutopia – have very similar taste in books to me, so I always love hearing what they have to say.
But is there a bad side to Booktube?
Booktube is often blamed for causing so much hype surrounding a book. And of course it does help build up hype – when a whole side of YouTube raves about a book, you can hardly miss it. But I don’t think this is a bad thing. I often like the books that are most hype, and even if I don’t, I just view it as a matter of personal taste. I don’t get angry at Booktube for giving me high hopes. Plus book hype isn’t just built on Booktube, there’s Twitter, Instagram, and just general word of mouth too. So I do understand why people think Booktube could be bad, but I think it’s a wonderful thing.
Another thing I’ve seen mentioned is the fact that most booktubers buy books, rather than visit libraries or borrow them from friends/family. Huge book hauls are often featured, even when they have a huge amount of books already on their bookshelves that haven’t yet been read. Again, I do see why some people my think this is a problem, but personally I don’t. I collect books myself, and I adore having a huge selection of books to choose from. And most people who buys books do actually get round to reading them eventually. So no, I don’t see it as an issue. Plus what’s wrong with supporting authors and book shops by buying books? If you can indulge in a hobby you love, I say go for it!
Is Booktube repetitive?
It’s very common that booktubers make similar videos. Book hauls, reviews, tags, unboxings, all those kinds. Is this a bad thing? There are times where I go on YouTube and my subscription box can be full of very similar videos made by different people. BUT I love these kinds of videos…that’s why I subscribed! If I thought Booktube was repetitive, I just wouldn’t subscribe to as many as I do. I do agree that all booktubers videos are very similar, but I think it depends on the person watching whether this matters or not. Every booktuber has their way of doing things, so even if the idea is similar, their different personalities still shine through.
So now here’s your part of the discussion post!
Leave a comment down below telling me, and everyone else viewing this, what your opinion of Booktube is.
Do you watch Booktubers? Who are your favourites?
Can Booktube be blamed for too much book hype?
Do you get bored by the repetitive videos?
Do you have anything else to add, anything else that comes to mind when reading this discussion?
I look forward to reading your comments!
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