Pros and Cons that come with reading a Hyped Book

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I was inspired by my last post “15 hyped books I’ve never read” to write about this topic again. Reading a hyped book definitely has pros and cons…

I’m usually late to the hype but I’m not gonna lie… I definitely love being a part of it. 

For those of you who don’t know, a hyped book is the one that “everyone” is reading at the same time (usually around the time it is published) or the one that “everyone” has apparently read. 

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Pros 

1. You can talk about this hyped book pretty much with everyone

Just by going to your twitter and searching for the book title, you will already have thousands of people to talk/rant about that book. 

Also, if you read a hyped book long after it is published, you will still have so many people to talk/rant about it. Basically, the world is your book club.

BUT I recommend that you log into twitter AFTER you finish reading that book because you can find SO MANY spoilers.  

2. This hyped book will have a lot of promotion

The anticipation goes hand in hand with author interviews, cover reveals, spoiler-free book reviews by bloggers who received an advanced reader’s copy, and basically with very high expectations. Basically there is a lot of content to search for when a hyped book is published. 

(The expectation is also a ‘con’ tho)

3. Iconic Characters

You finally understand why so many people are obsessed with a specific character(s). This happened to me after reading the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and finally understanding why on twitter, Rhysand was talked about a lot. 

I personally love it when books have memorable characters and most of my 5-star reads (if not all of them) have at least one ‘iconic character’. What I mean by this is that without an iconic character, the book would not be the same. 

4. Understanding why it’s a hyped book

It’s the “now I know why everyone has read this” and the “now I know what everyone was talking about” type of thoughts after finishing reading a hyped book that are the best. 

It’s also the “how have I never read this?!” and “where has this book been all my life?!” type of thoughts. Having these thoughts/feelings is a good sign for me because it means that it was a very good book. 

This happened to me after reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. I hesitated SO MUCH when I bought this it but when I finally did (and finished it in 1 day) I just couldn’t wait for more. So yeah… I went back to the bookstore the next day and bought the remaining books all at once. 

Cons

1. Spoilers

If you’re going to read a hyped book, I’ll say it again; don’t search for the title on Twitter (or any social media). 

Sometimes, there are people who think that “everyone” has read this book and use their social media like a blog to rant or talk about what they just read. Maybe that person is not doing it intentionally, but it is still a spoiler. 

Also, we all have that one friend who NEEDS to talk about a book once they finish reading it. This is literally the reason why I haven’t read The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I just know EVERYTHING that happens in the book. 

Plus…

One time I went over to another friend’s house and we watched the film. Then, my friend (who had read the book btw) just started ranting about how the film was different from the book. I actually did like the movie…

So yeah…

I feel like there is no point in reading it now hahaha. 

The thing about spoilers is that it gives you something to anticipate and you kind of know the whole concept or detail that you originally weren’t supposed to know. 

2. What was “popular” back then (when the book was first published) might not be “popular” now

There are some books that incorporate popular or common trends within a character’s dialogue or they are essentially part of the plot. The problem with this is that maybe when you are reading it, these trends may not be as significant as they were before. And it might not have the same “effect” as it did back then. 

For example, a few years ago vampires and werewolves were a massive trend. (Btw, I’m not throwing shade at the Twilight books because I have never read them AND I actually like the some of the movies) Also, I have to say that I’ve never read a book with vampires or werewolves before. 

Anyways…

Today, I haven’t heard of a single hyped book with vampires or werewolves. Also, there are no current tv-series with these characters either (that I know of). It would definitely be a different experience reading a hyped book like Twilight today. 

3. A hyped book comes with high expectations

Either you end up disappointed or end up being happy/glad about your decision to pick it that hyped book in the first place. There’s no in-between. 

Constantly hearing about how great of a book it is and hearing that it will be (or was) adapted to a film, are some of the reasons why a hyped book comes with high expectations.

There has to be a good reason why “everyone” has read and loves this book right??

Also, if you watched the film first and you absolutely loved it, the expectation is waaaay higher than the original one because it’s always said that “the book is better than the movie”. AND most of the time this saying is true. 

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I tend to read more backlist books than new releases and I’m kind of always late to the hype if I’m being honest. A backlist is “a publisher’s list of older books that are still in print, but have been on sale for more than a year”. 

Your thoughts:

I can’t think about more Pros and Cons how about you? 

Do you agree with this list? 

Have you read a hyped book that did not meet your expectations or that exceeded them?

  1. Madeline
    29/06/2020

    This is a great post! I always want to read hyped books just so I can understand what people are talking about and feel included! 😂

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    • val @behindthatstory
      30/06/2020

      hahahah ikr! This is also why I have very high expectations when picking up a hyped book 🙈

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