Now, this discussion idea has been on my list for a very long time, but I never wanted to post it because it’s talked about all the time.
But yesterday over on my bookstagram, I asked if there were any topics you guys wanted to see talked about here on my blog, and this answer came up…so here we are!
Hopefully this won’t seem dull considering how much this topic is mentioned. I’ll try to make it interesting 😀
Let’s talk about overhyped books!
What classes as an overhyped book?
Well, pretty much any book that’s talked about constantly on social media receiving amazing reviews, either during the run up to it’s release or after…and you don’t like it as much as everyone else.
It’s obvious that the main reason for overhyped books is social media. We bookworms love talking about the books we adore, and social media – whether it be Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, anything – gives us a place to rave about them.
But as we all know, this overhypeness (yep, I’m making up words now) can result in us being disappointed if we don’t think the book is as great as everyone makes out.
And then it all feels so very awkward when you post your review and it goes against everything you’ve ever been told about the book.
But are overhyped books a problem?
Honestly, I don’t think so.
I know it can be disappointing if you don’t like a book that’s been hyped up so so much…but that disappointment can happen with any book. Even if you pick up a book you’ve never heard anyone talk about before, you could still potentially be disappointed by it.
I think the biggest problem it can cause is if people don’t handle the difference in opinions well.
You know, when arguments happen because people don’t respect each other’s opinion. Because people seem to forget that not everybody will enjoy the book. I mean think about it, how extraordinary would it be if one author managed to please absolutely everyone with their words?
But from what I’ve seen, most of the reading community DO respect each others opinions. I’ve only ever seen arguments happen if the person who doesn’t have great opinions on the book starts being unreasonably rude towards the author. I know there are cases where it all gets a bit out of hand for no apparent reason, but like I said, most people just go along the lines of “Oh its a shame you didn’t enjoy this as much as everyone else! Oh well.”
Let’s be real, I’m one of those bookworms that ADDS to all the hype.
I never shut up about the books I love, and most of the time they’re books that already have an unbelievable amount of hype.
Because all those books and series that are hyped up? I usually love them!
All of Sarah J Maas’ books, The Raven Boys, The Lunar Chronicles, and Me Before You are all examples of books that have a ridiculous amount of hype, but I’m part of that hype.
Although I have to say, while there’s not many hyped up books that I don’t like, there’s quite a few that I used to love, but now…not so much. All these books I loved when I read them, but it’s been so long now that I’ve realized that they’re nowhere near as good as I thought they were originally.
And I’ll list them below, because I actually really enjoy reading about unpopular opinions, so maybe you guys will be intrigued too!
My unpopular opinions
Now, these are either books that I didn’t enjoy as much as I should, or books I’ve changed my mind about. I’ll explain each one as I go:
– All the John Green books I’ve read.
Now, I’ve read most of them. The Fault In Our Stars I rated 5/5 I think, Paper Towns 4/5, An Abundance of Katherines 4/5 I think, and Looking for Alaska 3.5/5. So none of them got bad ratings. I think Looking For Alaska shows just how much I’ve changed my mind about John Green’s books, as that’s the one I read most recently – though you can hardly call it “recently” since it was read last summer. I remember enjoying them all at the time, but now I’m just…“meh” about them all.
– The Divergent series
A series I was obsessed with while reading it. So much so that I HAD to buy the hardcover of the last book because I simply couldn’t wait for the paperback to be released, like I always do. How I regret that decision now because damn that random hardcover is annoying on my shelves. But anyway, now I realize that this series went downhill for me with each book, and think that maybe I’d still have a good opinion of Divergent if it was just that one book.
– The Maze Runner series
Another series I enjoyed when reading. But when I finally got round to reading the second book last year, it didn’t sit well with me. I found it less interesting, and won’t even be finishing this series. I mean, I enjoyed the 2nd film more than the book. Which says a lot when it comes to us bookworms, am I right?
– Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
I read this book last year after seeing loads of hype about it. It’s a book…about books. What’s not to love? Well, unfortunately for me, a lot. I really didn’t like this one, but I know that thousands of people adore it. And luckily for me, no one ripped me to shreds in the comments of my review 😀
– Solitaire by Alice Oseman
This is actually quite a recent one. So so so many people adore Alice Oseman’s books, but I just didn’t get it. I didn’t hate the book, I just found it very stereotypical and I’m not about that life. Again, no one attacked me in the comments of my review so I’m glad for that. And I have no negative feeling towards the author by the way – I actually applaud her for writing two books so young! Good on her!
So now it’s time for YOU to join the discussion and share your unpopular opinions!
Which form of social media do you see the most book hype on?
Is book hype a problem?
Do you usually enjoy the books most hyped up, like I do, or avoid them because you’re usually disappointed?
Are there any books you thought you wouldn’t like but tried it from the hype, and ended up loving?
Share your unpopular opinions! Which popular books didn’t you enjoy as much as everybody else? Don’t worry, I won’t hold a grudge if it’s one I love 🙂
Are there any books you’ve changed your mind about over the years, like I have?
Join the discussion in the comments!
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