This is something I always think can round up a good discussion since hyped books are such a big part of the book blogging community, I mean after all it’s kind of our thing to talk about books and promote them! However, hype isn’t always a good thing and I’m here to discuss both the good and bad.
What is a “Hyped” Book?
Basically this is a book that EVERYONE and their mother is talking about! You’ve seen this book around the blogosphere hundreds of times and feel like you quite literally see it being discussed everywhere!
(Examples of Hyped Books: The Cruel Prince, Throne of Glass, or Six of Crows)
So What’s the Big Deal with “Hyped” Books?
Well, I suppose we can never really be too sure what exactly makes a book turn into a super-hyped book can we? It could be anything from a book with a beautiful cover, a great synopsis, or maybe it’s another book by an already popular author. Either way this book is being talked about a TON and that’s sort of what the “big deal” is in and of itself!
Is a Ton of Hype Surrounding a Book Good?
This is kind of where the real discussion on “hyped books” begins, in my opinion.
Tons of hype for a book can be a good thing! It just means it’s getting tons of promotion and your odds of hearing about it are, obviously, a lot higher and you might want to go give it a read. I do think the good side of the hype tends to affect the author and publisher a bit more since free promotion and the chances of selling a lot more copies are higher because it’s a more popular book.
If you read a hyped book and enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to that’s great! You now get to discuss it with TONS of other people and also not have to worry about spoilers anymore too! Also I believe bookish merch is more available for more popular books too, which is kind of a given.
(Hyped Books I Enjoyed: Six of Crows, The Hate U Give, An Ember in the Ashes, and Red Rising.)
Is a Ton of Hype Surrounding a Book Bad?
With every pro comes the cons…
I personally lean a little more on the “hype is bad” side of things. Why? Because I feel like too much hype builds a ridiculous amount of expectations and most of the time a book just can’t meet them. Therefore the likelihood for disappointment is increased. I have bought books a couple of times just because of how hyped they were and then was let down by them.
The more popular the book the more it’s discussed on social media….which also increases your chances of seeing spoilers! And no one likes spoilers! That’s a con for sure. Also it can get a little annoying to see the same book everywhere over and over again especially if it’s a book you have zero interest in reading.
Peer pressure or just regular pressure to read the book because of how popular it is. Once again I have given into this multiple times, reading a book just because everyone else is. You shouldn’t ever feel like you have to read a book if you don’t really want to.
(Hyped Books I Didn’t Enjoy: Truthwitch, Throne of Glass, One of Us Is Lying, There’s Someone Inside Your House, and The Crown’s Game)
What do you think of hyped books?
Do you tend to avoid hyped books? Why?
Do agree with any of my pros and cons?
Do you usually enjoy hyped books or are you disappointed by them?
Come join the discussion!