How Hype Ruins Books and Some Books Hype Ruined for Me

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

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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

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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 

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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

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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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12 thoughts on “How Hype Ruins Books and Some Books Hype Ruined for Me

  1. Hm, I feel like hype can go either way for me! I’ve had hyped books that I’ve hated, and hyped books that I’ve fallen in love with, so I guess it’s always really up to my tastes! I agree with Shatter Me and I’ve never read Anna because I don’t like contemporary, but I did like Throne of Glass and Falling Kingdoms – I saw more negative reviews for those than positive, and they weren’t hyped for me at all!

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    1. Yes, of course, hype can definitely go both ways! I have to say that for me, hype usually works when it comes to other genres outside YA, but when it comes to YA, it’s mostly ruined books for me! And that’s really interesting for ToG and Falling Kingdoms, I have only seen great things about them prior to reading, and like I said, I might have even liked them if I had lower expectations. I am even tempted to (one day) continue on with Falling Kingdoms

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  2. I understand what you mean, but it also can vary for me. In the case of John Green, hype ruined his books for me. Everyone was raving on and on about how amazing and breathtaking TFIOS or Looking for Alaska was, and I thought it was just meh. Not a bad book, but after all the hype about it I couldn’t love it. But also, hype recently has made me pick up a lot of books I normally wouldn’t have and I end up enjoying them, i think partially because I’m looking for what I like. For example, the Raven Cycle and The Six of Crows duology were both so hyped, and I’ve started reading those series and have immensely enjoyed it. So it’s a bit of a mix for me.

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    1. Oh, I totally get that, and of course it can go both ways! This post was about how it can go wrong, but it can definitely go right as well! And both the Raven Cycle and Six of Crows are my absolute favorites, so hype really doesn’t have to have an effect, but sometimes it does 😊

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  3. I recently read An Ember in the Ashes and was expected to love it because of all the hype surrounding it. Unfortunately, I ended up being really disappointed by it and was left wondering what everyone was so happy about.
    Great post!

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  4. I’ve read and LOVED Throne of Glass, but I can see why this series isn’t for everyone. You made a really good point about not liking hyped books. If you don’t like them you end up feeling like an outcast. You wonder what in the world you missed. If everyone else seems to love it then why don’t you? This has been happening to me a lot lately!

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    1. Oh I totally get the love ToG receives and it’s actually nice to see that people love it SO much, it just wasn’t good for me personally. And yeah, it’s been happening to me a lot lately as well, especially with YA, hence the post 😊

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