Having read many books due to the hype this summer, I have started to question whether the hype surrounding some novels is such a good thing. A prime example of this is The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. I read it this summer and although it was good, I genuinely don’t understand why so many people have liked this novel as much as they said so. I know we as bloggers have a huge difference in opinion at times but for mine to be so different to that of a huge crowd kind of bugged me a bit. Is it me, is it them? Then, I realized it was me.
While reading and listening to the fabulous reviews people had given this book, I didn’t realize that I, myself had put the book on a huge pedestal. Being told so many times what the book is about and how people liked it meant that I already had formed a preconceived idea about the book and loved it without reading a single page. This proved dangerous as when it came to reading it, I loved the idea of it that I had formed far more than how good the book itself could ever be. Then when I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, in a very warped way I began to resent it. I was supposed to like it, I was told I would like it and I didn’t. A very warped sense of injustice indeed. This is probably why why TBR is so huge. I love the ideas I have formed on those books and IF I didn’t like them when I read them those very Ideas would be tainted. Meaning that I would end up disliking something I have liked for so long.
If this summer has taught me anything it is to take all reviews/hype with a pinch of salt. Even though with many of you I have over 50% of books read in common,this doesn’t mean that I will like you next favourite. On a last note, hype has worked well for me sometimes. I have read amazing books such as Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I will probably never disregard hype completely, I will just proceed with caution. Also, I would like to start finding my own gems. No need to follow the crowd all the time, right?
I would love to know what you all think about the hyped up books. I think sometimes I should form my own opinion after I have read a book, not before.