Good morning, good afternoon, or good night already, friends! I hope you had a great week, filled with TONS of books, obviously, and a little bit of love, too. We get that from books, right? As always, since Sunday is the day to relax, let’s take a break from adulting -or trying to, for those who need to, close our books for just a bit and have a bookish discussion, shall we?
I hesitated for a long, long time before finally writing this, because I felt like the subject was talked about by many, many bloggers these days, and I wouldn’t add anything new to it. But I have decided to blog anyway, because I want to share my opinion on this, and so, I will. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Before I started book blogging, there’s something I was completely oblivious to: the HYPE. That word, I know, it just either gives you excitment chills, or an annoyed sigh getting out of your mouth. Or those two, at the same time. I chose my books because I found them at my library, online, liked the synopsis, the cover, or both, and wanted to read it. Now, thanks to book blogging, I find new books to add to my TBR every single day. I add them for the same reasons quoted above. And, sometimes, it happens. The HYPE happens. I see the book once. Twice. A HUNDRED times on different blogs. I read ALL CAPS AND EXCITEMENT, I see heart-emojis and happiness all over twitter because of that gorgeous book. Because I’m a curious bookworm, I’ll check out the book, wonder two seconds, and, if blogger friends talked about it tons, too, there are many, MANY chances I’ll add it to my TBR. Then, I pretty much ask myself: WHAT HAVE I DONE.
HYPE is a four-letter word, but it comes with a certain pressure, let me tell you. Because, once I’ve added that supposedly AMAZING book to my TBR, well, WHAT HAPPENS. I get scared, I plan on ordering it two, three, a thousand times, and sometimes I do. Sometimes I just keep on wondering until I go crazy. And let me tell you, why.
🎈 We can discover some pretty AMAZING books, thanks to this crazy thing called, hype. Really, really amazing. I discovered Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, because everyone talked about it and told me how good it is. And I loved it. I discovered Patrick Ness the same way, and now I’m getting obsessed about reading all of his books. HYPE CAN BE WONDERFUL.
🎈WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE IT? This is the worst feeling. Under pressure, because we’re too damn curious for our own good, or just, BECAUSE REASONS, I added the book to my TBR, and, everytime I need new books, I wonder. Because everyone talks about it. But what if I don’t like it, and I’m the black sheep of the bookish community? Will I get rejected? Won’t you like me anymore because I have different taste? Everyone’s different, and it can be good, not to fit in, at times. But despite everyone saying that, it’s still hard to feel like you’re alone in this.
🎈 BUT, as I said before, this wonderful thing called hype, can make us WANT to read MORE. And DIFFERENTLY. I mean, there are so many great fantasy books that everyone around me talks about. It makes me want to read those, even if they’re a little bit outside of my comfort zone. The hype makes me want to discover NEW THINGS. And new things can be good, awesome, eye-opening and FULL OF FEELINGS.
🎈 Getting outside of the comfort zone is good. It’s where you start to really live, according to a quote I don’t quite remember too well. BUT what if I’m great, inside of my comfort zone? What if I don’t want to follow what everyone else is doing, AND reading? Getting out is SCARY, and I’d rather sometimes stay under my pile of contemporary books, just because they feel comfy and reassuring. AND I don‘t want to be fed a book just because it’s hyped, and because everyone loves it. Feeling forced to read a book is the worst.
So, this is a tie. The real question here is: WHAT DO I DO?!
If you ask me, I believe that everyone should read what they want, because they CAN. And if they want to read a hyped book, and they didn’t like it, well, there’s no reason to feel ashamed to post a negative review about it. Just do not tag the author, because that’s a simple question of respect, and I’m sure that there are other people out there who didn’t like the book that much, either. Plus, it can be an eye opener for those who loved everything, but didn’t think about those little details that bothered you in the story. SO you are a mastermind. That’s good, right?
Trends are crazy, but don’t feel ashamed if you haven’t read some super hyped series, or don’t feel the need to do so. Reading should be a pleasure, a hobby, and it shouldn’t become something you’re feeling pressured to do, just because everyone else is doing so. If you ask me the question: The bookish hype, escape it, or drown in in, I would tell you: don’t run. Test the water first, know where you’re going to swim, and be confident: you can never drown in it. There’s always a way to come back to shore, unscattered. You can leave if you don’t like it, and go back to safety with all of the books you’re sure you LOVE.