How Book Hype Affects My Read
This is a great thing to discuss because I think it has an impact on everyone, good and bad. Personally I try not to read books while they are the extreme IT thing. If I'm interested in the book I'll come back to it later or avoid any reviews/discussions about the book while I'm reading. Otherwise I'm probably setting myself up for disappointment.
I don't always dislike books that are over hyped; in fact I've been introduced to some great series' just because of the hype surrounding them. I just don't like for this to be the main driving force behind me reading a book. I always hear things like "everyone was reading this book so it was time for me to give it a try" or "this book has gotten so much attention that I couldn't not love it". To me I have to have a genuine interest in the book. I love books being recommended to me, but I'm not going to read every book that is. Some just aren't things that I'm interested in. So no matter how many people have read and loved it, I'm not going to pick it up if I don't think I'll like it. I've been far too guilty of this in the past, I don't want to make the same mistake.
Book hype is a good thing. I want to share my love with others when I read a great series. I just don't like it being over sold because of the chances of disappointment. I've read many really popular and super hyped books and loved them, I just don't want it to rule what I'm reading.
What do you think about hyped books? Does it affect your reading? If so, how?