Today I will be doing a different sort of post that I haven’t yet done on this blog before and that is a discussion post. I don’t know why but I’ve been straying away from doing a post like this for some time. It’s not like I’ll think others will bash me and my opinions, but I guess I’ve just been sort of unsure if I should let my opinions fly around for others to read or if I should just keep them to myself.
Well, I’ve finally decided: why keep this to myself? This is called a discussion post for a reason, to discuss! I’ve had so many ideas for discussion post topics, but I’ve never written any of them down for future reference when I feel like actually writing the post, thus the reasoning behind no discussion posts ever being written.
But I’m the type of person who has a lot of thoughts on certain topics – good and bad – and I like expressing those thoughts with other people. Like-minded people, preferably (conflict isn’t my intention, after all), but I think we know each other pretty well. Y’all know that I don’t read romance books – nor do I even want to think about Divergent – so it pleases me to know that my followers out there followed me because they either have some of the same thoughts and opinions as I do on books, or they don’t make a big deal out of me not liking a book they consider their favorite (or vise-versa). We book readers are very opinionated and unique in our own ways. We all enjoy different authors and genres and we all have our own little book quirks that just make us who we are.
Although that’s a great thing, it can also cause conflict between people who aren’t ones to just ‘let it go’. I haven’t experiences said conflict yet (I have you amazing blogger friends to thank for that) but I am aware that it’s present in the blogging community (as well as BookTube, Goodreads, etc.) because although the book community is the best, most understanding community out there, there are always going to be a few bad apples. That’s just how it works on the internet.
I’ve already strayed away from my original topic, but I hope this introduction clears up a few things before I actually properly begin this discussion (it’s my first time, cut me some slack). So this title mentions hyped up books. We are all familiar with the term, it’s used all the time in the book community no matter who you are or where you’re from, books get hyped up. This can be a good thing because sometimes books that get a lot of hype are able to live up to said hype, but more times than not, those books end up being a complete let-down as result of the hype that surrounded the book.
There are many different reasons a book gets hyped up. Maybe a really popular author who has written a bestselling, beloved series before is releasing another book, thus everyone automatically thinks that since this author is a god/goddess all future books by this author are bound to be 5 stars. Other times, there is a debut author who’s book gets picked up by a large publishing company that everyone knows of and the cover is all beautiful and shiny and large book bloggers and BookTubers see it and start anticipating it themselves, for debut authors could be the next big thing! And finally, sometimes the book being hyped up just has wonderful marketers who do everything in their power to market the book on every social media platform us bookworms utilize throughout our day-to-day lives.
Whatever the reason, hyped up books can be both a good and a bad thing. Most of the time I see it as a bad thing, personally, for a lot of books that I’ve purchased and read that have been hyped up in the book community have been simply okay. The thing is, if this book hadn’t been all hyped up, and I hadn’t heard so many stellar things about it, I wouldn’t have gone into the book with such high hopes for it, and then I probably wouldn’t have ended up being let down as much as I had been. I hope some of you understand where I’m coming from here because this can be such a big problem in the book community at times because you’re not sure if a hyped up book is truly as wonderful as people say it is or if everyone’s heard of it because the marketing managers for that book are just that good at their job.
That’s why whenever a book is hyped up I tend to wait until the hype has died down a bit before deciding to pick up the book myself or not. This saves me loads of money and loads of time that could’ve been wasted if I had just jumped onto the hype train with everyone else. Also, if I’m reading a book that everyone has praised I try and lower my expectations of the book before leaping into it. This keeps me from being heartbroken once finishing a book because I had been expecting so much more from it because it had been so hyped up. Doing this has helped me out so much in the past and will hopefully help some of you as well if you’ve been dealing with bad heartbreak after finishing a hyped up book.
I hope you enjoyed this discussion post! This was a sort of spur-of-the-moment thing, as I wasn’t expecting to write an entire nearly-1000 word discussion post this morning (as I am still a bit groggy from sleep). Please let me know some of your thoughts on hyped up books so we can discuss our likes and dislikes on the topic! Also let me know if I should write some more discussion posts in the future!