Books rarely live up to their hype.
Word gets around fast these days. With the Internet, a book isn’t even published yet and it receives so much praise. Bloggers and vloggers get ARCs and the HYPE commences. Pretty soon, you see that one book EVERYWHERE. And you hear so many good things. People are going crazy. So you can’t wait to pick it up. The more you wait, the stronger your excitement becomes. And then you read the book. And… it’s not that great.
We were all in that situation at least once. I think hype is detrimental to my reading experience. So much so, that I started avoiding hyped up books like the plague itself. I think the anticipation and the build up in your head can never really, truly be matched. We hear the premise, see the excitement, and instantly we think this book is a gift from the gods. And how can a book match that?
I for one had been mostly disappointed by overhyped books. Even though those are the books I want to love most. I root for them so hard. Despite that, they never seem to match my expectations. Why?
It’s hard to say. Even when I go into an overhyped book with low expectation and a tad of apprehension, it still seems that I come out a bit disappointed if I don’t like it. Maybe it’s the fact that you feel like an outcast. Maybe it’s the utter disbelief over the fact that I don’t like a book that everyone likes. The fact remains – hype can ruin a book for you. So let’s talk about some examples, shall we?
Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins
This one was such a huge hit back in the day. Everyone was saying how these were so much more than romance novels and how beautiful and stunning and wonderful they were. Imagine my surprise when they turned out to be exactly like any other contemporary YA romance I read. Which isn’t a bad thing. I love contemporary YA romances. But I expected MORE. And I didn’t get it. So I was kinda disappointed by that.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I hated this book. A lot. But maybe I would have hated it a lot less if I wasn’t promised the best thing to ever grace YA Fantasy since the dawn of time. And look, I get it, but it isn’t. It really isn’t. Try Six of Crows instead. Sorry.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Again, a lot of promises where made for this book, and none where met. If I wasn’t so hyped about it, maybe I would have liked it more. And maybe I would have finished the series. Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. But still.
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Again, promised a YA Game of Thrones which EVERYONE loves, and got a poorly written and badly plotted mess. Sorry. Again, one of those books that suffered a lot (for my personal experience) because of the mass amount of hype surrounding it.
I could go on and on about this, and my guess is, you can too! So let me know your thoughts on the overhyped books, and tell me some of the books that hype killed for you! Oh and the giveaway is still happening, so enter!
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