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?
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!