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Hype or Like Friday : May 20th 2016

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When Do You Consider a Book to Have Reached Hype Status?

Hyped-up books. Some love them. Some hate them. Some avoid them. Some relish in the hype. But when does a book reach the hype status? At what point does a story turns into the saint Graal and finds itself navigating the blogosphere on a cruiser while most books only get fishing boats?

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Here are the signs to look for to determine if the book has reached the hype status (according to the Goddess of this blog, aka me)

  • Your twitter feed is cluttered by tweets praising the amaaaaazing writing.
  • Your bookstagram feed shows you how beautiful, gorgeous, magnificent the cover is.
  • Your facebook friends scream at you to read it.
  • Your blog feed struggles to load the thousand reviews explaining in detail why and how it will A) surprise you B) move you to tears C) rethink your life D) whatever we bloggers say about books.

Of course, you will also find mixed reviews, or even bad ones, here and there, but they also contribute to the hype phenomenon. No matter what you do, where you are, there is gonna be someone talking about it.

If it meets those terms, congratulations! The book has joined the ranks of the few chosen to be all-time references and make other books fight harder to find their readers.

Personally, I am always a bit leery of hyped-up books. I don’t say I don’t like them. Each book is different and all should be given the opportunity to prove they are worth it. When a story gets a lot of attention, I get curious. What makes all those bloggers talk about it? What is the fuss about? But if the hustle and bustle gets too intense, I run away as far as possible. Why? Because even though I haven’t read many hyped-up books yet (still working on devouring as much as possible!), the ones I have read did not actually deserve all the attention they got. Moreover, the bigger the hype, the higher the expectations. We all know where that leads us.


Do you agree? When do you consider a book to be hyped-up? Do you let the hype influence you to pick books or do you stay away until it lets up? Do tell me everything in a comment!

23 thoughts on “Hype or Like Friday : May 20th 2016”

  1. Oooh, I love this. Honestly, I try to avoid hyped books until I know for a fact I’ll enjoy it (and it’s obviously hard to know if you will), so I purposely look for bad reviews to confirm my suspicion. Not that I don’t trust all the good reviews, but yeah, I actually don’t trust them 😛 haha. You saw how I disliked TWaTD even though it has raving reviews.


  2. Those are great descriptions of hyped book.

    Current ones that come to mind are:
    Me Before You
    The Wrath and the Dawn series
    Lady Midnight
    Glass Sword
    A Court of Mist and Fury

    I can’t go a day without seeing a new review for these books.

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    1. Me Before You was a major letdown for me. I had heard so much about it that I expected an explosion of emotions, but it did not work for me. All the books you listed probably won’t make it to my TBR, except for A Court of Mist and Fury. Thankfully, many bloggers have a diverse and interesting reading list and we get to find books that don’t make it to the hype list.

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  3. I agree with you 100%. Social media is mostly to blame for the overhyped nature of certain books. I’d love to know what sex deprived weirdo thought 50 Shades was a good idea. It’s probably the most hated book in the last 100 years, yet it has this crazy hype around it. At this point, I wonder if it’s such a comedic staple for smut that people feel like they have to read it. The fact the books made as much money as they did astounds me. I’m saying no to hype books anymore unless someone I trust recommends it. I’d rather be behind the curve than fatten the wallets of the publisher and author when the books are not worthy of my hard earned money. Can you tell how annoyed I am about the hyped books? They’re such a letdown. I’m so sick of wasting my money. And Amazon won’t let me remove them from my cloud. I’m like go away. I don’t want to see you anymore crappy hyped book. 😝

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      1. Haha! That book makes me cranky. I can’t stand hyped books. After I’m done the books I bought, I think I’ll go back to indies for a while. They make me happy. 😍 I wish the people who review the books would stop pretending that hype books are good. Have you ever noticed the reviews are always so good when we all know they’re not? It’s almost as if the publishers gave out a ton of free copies and now no one wants to give their real opinion.

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        1. “Go indie, be happy” should be your tagline. Yep, I find it hard to believe it when there are only good reviews and the whole world seems to be praising the book.

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  4. I definitely agree with your description of hyped books! I have a weird relationship with hyped books. I am an extremely curious person so I can’t resist them because I need to know how I’ll feel, but then at the same time they intimidate me because I’m worried I won’t like them and everyone will hate me :/ haha!

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    1. I totally get it! I tend to be on the unpopular side of the general opinion so hyped-up books are risky. But hey, I like living dangerously, haha! If it’s a book I think I’d enjoy, I let the hype let up. If it’s a book I barely know a thing about and I feel like jumping on the bandwagon, I might give it a try.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I know the feeling. I do my best to resist, but sometimes the book does sound very good and something attracts me to it and bam, here I am with a copy of it.

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    1. Thank you! I’ve done that too. I find it suspicious when there’s too much praise, and sometimes it’s just because I prefer to read something different from everyone.


    1. I understand. Some authors do get excellent publicists who manage to flood the internet with the book. It is harder to trust this rather than when it comes from bloggers you know or follow.

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  5. I always fear overhyped books especially the ones that everyone loves.I get curious enough to read them but always go in with the fear of getting dissapointed.My favourite books were picked on a whim and not really hypes but still I just can’t help it but try and see what the fuss was all about 🙂

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    1. Yeah; the hype creates a tricky situation. Everyone talks about something so you become curious, but there’s a risk of not liking or not as much as everyone. My favorites books are never hyped-up ones!

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    1. I haven’t read it, I am still waiting to read Crown Of Midnight before getting a new Sarah J Maas, but it IS everywhere!
      Yep, I know that if a book I’ve been waiting for gets all the hype, it makes me want to read it even more. Then I’m jealous of people with advance copies, haha!

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