Hi everyone! How are you all?
For today’s Thursday Talks, I want to use the topic I talked about on a website where I’m a contributor and which I’ve posted way back 2016. I decided to write about it again because I think I need to fix some points I discussed in that post.
Now, what is this discussion all about? It is about hyped books and if reading them is worth your time.
Reading reviews about a book on every social media accounts you have, and hearing about it from your bookish friends will make that book grab your attention. Most of the time, I’m tempted to read them too and see why they like it that much. I will also add it to my TBR as soon as I saw that it must be great because everyone is talking about it! But, as usual, most of it ends up on the other side of my expectation – not liking it and loving it like the others.
We all have these bookish friends in real life or online who always tell us and encourage us to buy a copy of this or that book because they keep on obsessing how good it was! They sometimes exaggerate the way they talk about it just to make us interested in reading it. But, the question is, are you really interested in reading it?
I tried reading before the hyped books that I always see everywhere on my social media accounts. I already read a number of it, and most of it ends up on my DNF piles. It is not because they are awful to read, but it just didn’t click with my taste in books. Those books are great in their own way, and it just happened that many people loved it, and which, unfortunately, didn’t make me love it too.
Some of the reasons why I didn’t like hyped books are because of the way the author narrates the story, the tone is monotonous, the characters have poor development, and inconsistency of some elements like plot and settings. For the series where I read all of the books in it, I noticed that I only liked the first book and the rest is okay or not to my liking. Well, some of it seemed rushed, or the author didn’t know how to continue the story anymore. And also, sometimes, I liked the author’s way of writing the story, but, the story is not that interesting and enjoyable.
With my experiences with hyped books, it makes me see that not because everyone likes it, I will also like it. It won’t guarantee you a good read even if they are popular. Some of it even became popular not because they are really that great, but because the marketing of the said books is good.
Moreover, I am not saying that hyped books are bad either. Some really deserved to be hyped. There are hyped books that will always be on top even if many years already passed by. An example is the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, where it still makes a buzz around the world.
So, what do I do if I see a book being hyped up? I mostly put them on another shelf that I have on my mind – “read-when-hyped-is-gone.”
Anyway, it doesn’t mean that I don’t read hyped books because it really depends on how those books piqued my interest. If it really sounds appealing, then I will read it asap. Though, I’m trying my best to read a book that is not that hyped up because finding an undiscovered gem is really satisfying and it’ll make you special that you are one of the people who read it first. And, it makes you want to talk about it and share it to everyone so they’ll enjoy it too.
Going back, are hyped books worth reading?
Well, I don’t have an exact answer to that question because it depends on us whether we will deem it worthy or not. Don’t forget that we are also one of the people who make books hyped or not. You can’t blame other people if you disliked some hyped books, and they can’t criticize you too if the books you recommended didn’t meet their expectations. Everyone has their own taste, preferences, and of course, reading experience. A piece of simple advice. Just keep on exploring the book world and find new books that you will enjoy reading. Don’t let the others affect your decision on whether to read the book you picked or not. Just like what I always say in my reviews, I might not like the story, but others might love it, so I still recommend it.
Have you tried reading a book because everyone has been talking about it? Have you read a book because your friends highly recommend it? What about your experience of reading it? Did it meet your expectations or it just let you down? Do you think hyped books are worth reading?