If you are a member of any type of bookish community, you know what the hype train is. A reviewer reads an ARC and does not shut up about it. Then other bloggers get ahold of the book and don’t shut up about it. Suddenly there is a whole cluster of readers that WILL NOT SHUT UP about a certain book! It gets even worse once the book is released because everyone that was paying attention to these people who would not shut up, read the book and then they start talking to the initial people who wouldn’t shut up, leading to EVERYONE, their moms and their dogs talking about the same damn book.
My initial reaction is…
But sometimes they don’t stop.
And sometimes I get sucked in because I’m left feeling…
This isn’t always a bad thing, but we all know that when it comes to hype, it often leads to a major letdown. We get so excited about the book because EVERYONE, their moms, and don’t forget, even their dogs… told us WE WOULD BE OBSESSED with it. But for some reason, the book was just okay. THEN we kinda feel like losers because we are the ONLY ones that didn’t LOVE this holy grail of a book. Other times, the book is a total hit, so we take over the train and start another cycle of hype!
Lately, when I think about hype, two series come to mind:
I’ve been putting them off forever, but finally gave in and read Throne of Glass over the weekend. People weren’t talking about it ALL THE TIME anymore. I stopped yelling “SHUT UP!!” at the computer screen every time I saw it mentioned, so I figured it was time to give it a shot. In this case, it was a total hit! I have started a new train and have been talking about this book nonstop. I’m tweeting about it, instagramming about it, and texting any of my bookish friends that will listen! This book kicked so much butt that I jumped right into Crown of Midnight as soon as I finished. The series has it all– layered characters, top notch plot, slow burn romance, and all the elements fantasy lovers hope to find. I seriously can’t get enough of it. I was squealing when I realized it will be a SIX BOOK SERIES!!! I’m hoping that once I eventually decide to read Cinder, that it too, will be a win for me!
So tell me…
When it comes to hype, do you jump on board immediately to see what all the fuss is about?
Do you wait for the hype to simmer down before jumping in?
What books have you read lately that have turned out to be worthy of all that hype?
What books made you feel like a real loser for not LOVING?
This was the page I instagrammed from Crown of Midnight:
(I expect you to want to read the book after reading it)