Good morning friends!! Welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
Today’s topic is: The Hype Train
This topic is super interesting because there are so many aspects related to the Hype Train, from hyped books to peer pressure, and all the feelings and issues that arise from it. I might write another post on this topic because there were some other questions that I didn’t get to answer.
Do I like hyped books?
Yes, sometimes I do. I mean Six of Crows has got to be the most hyped fantasy book of all time, and I did like it. But sometimes hyped books aren’t for me too. The Queen of Nothing, for example, is a book that was extremely hyped, and I even took part in hyping it because I was so excited for it’s release, and for me, it was the biggest let down of 2019.
So yeah, it really depends on the book.
Do I feel pressure to like hyped books?
Yes, I do. And I think that that’s inevitable, and it’s not the fault of anyone. The reason they are hyped is because several thousands of people liked it and are constantly recommending it. So if thousands love it, and these thousands are waiting for you to read it, so that you can love it and join them in praising the book, well there is inevitably going to be a lot of pressure.
Again, it’s not anyone’s fault because they can’t help it if a couple thousand people liked the book and are so excited for you to like it too.
At the very least, what happens is that I may be more lenient towards the book than I would be if there was no hype or feelings of guilt attached.
There I said it. I’m a hypocrite. Honestly, we’re all probably hypocrites, because there has to be at least ONE book that you were more lenient too for whatever reason than if you had read it without that reason influencing your opinion.
Reading is subjective, because it honestly depends on your mood and how you feel at the moment. You may read this really slow book and hate it because it makes you feel lethargic and you’re already in a bad mood when on a normal day, you would cry and cherish the book forever.
It’s just how it works. But being lenient to the book because of external factors such as peer pressure, I admit, I have done it, and yes, it’s wrong. But that’s what peer pressure is. Doing things that you wouldn’t normally do because there is a pressure to conform from someone else.
And I have actually gone and reduced my rating for some books because I realized I’d rather be the odd one out ranting about the book than trying to blend in with all the fans. Everyone likes unpopular opinions too.
How do I feel since I was a book hyper (TQoN)?
Technically, since I have a book blog, my Hobby Job is to be a book hyper. To love books and recommend them incessantly until you add them. And I don’t know if I’m doing any good, but I’m sure there is at least one of you who has added a book based on my recommendation, and trust me, it makes my little heart very happy! I hope you love it, but if you don’t, that’s okay!!
So back to the question. I guess I consider my hyping of TQoN to be different from me talking and recommending other books because a LOT of people were hyping TQoN too. Everywhere, everyone had it on their TBR, was talking about how excited they were, couldn’t wait to read it yadda yadda yadda, and I was a part of that.
So there was a hype wagon or train going on there. And now that I’ve read the book and being thoroughly disappointed by it, well, I kind of regret constantly mentioning it. HOWEVER, I still think fondly of my naive 1 year ago self who was excited about a book that hadn’t been released yet.
Because TQoN was honestly the first book that hadn’t been released that I was absolutely dying to read. So it will always be a bitter sweet memory.
A lot of people liked the book, and if my talking about it helped someone find it and they liked it, well I’m glad they did. If they didn’t, well we can bond over my salty review linked above.
And yeah. I think that’s enough for one post.
This Week’s Participants:
Do you follow the hype train? What’s your favorite hyped book? Do you think that hyped books are too good to be true, or is there some hope that they will be as good as everyone says? Chat with me in the comments below!