Paperback's Pondering's is a weekly discussion when I take a topic and well, ponder about it! This week's topic is all about hyped books, and how they impact your reading.
We all know that feeling: when everyone and anyone in the blogosphere has raved over a book, and you are debating whether to pick it up or not. I have read many hyped books, most of which I loved, but I can't help but wonder if I would have had the same feelings towards the book if it wasn't hyped at all.
I feel as if hyped books change the way you read them. You go in with mindset that everything is going to be spectacular and that you will be intrigued. I think that this works in your favour because it allows you to be fully engrossed in the book. However, I always wonder if my love for a book is because I'm feeding off of everyone else's feeling's.
I do follow hype. I love being able to see a book everywhere across social media, and being able to say that I am a fan. But I do take sort of a pride when I've read a book before the hype. I just feel like it seems as if I'm more of a "true" fan that way. Selfish, I know, because who's to say that someone reading during the hype isn't obsessed with it at all?
One thing that scares me about reading hyped books is if I don't like it. This happened with me and The Hunger Games. Suddenly, you're stuck wondering why you couldn't see the book like everyone else did, and if people will come after you for it. The answer is no, you are entitled to your own opinion and no one can take that away from you, but you might be wondering why you couldn't be brought to like this book! It is a struggle.
Of course, there are many positive outcomes of reading hyped books and loving them! There are so many people that you can talk to about it, not to mention the fan art, merch and endless Tumblr posts about your faves. Fangirling, is brought to a maximum!
I want to know what you think! Do you follow hype, or do you wait until it all dies down to like a book? What are some of your favourite hyped books?
Emily @ Paperback Princess