5 ReasonsWhy I Avoid Hyped Books

Hyped books. Something I love to avoid. Which is so sad! I want to read a book that looks and sounds awesome, too. I can´t, though. My inner weirdo won´t let me. When I see a hyped book I immediately roll my eyes. I can´t help myself. It just happens.

Maybe it´s because I´m truly weird. Or perhaps it´s because I´m not a pushy person and hate when others are pushy. Oh, speaking of being pushy…. Ever thought of the definition of a hyped book?

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Hyped books are like flu season. It hits hard. Everyone eventually gets it. Everyone´s talking about it. And with time it doesn´t really leave. It lingers and makes our lives a living hell before it let´s us move on, Then, we wait for the next virus to attack us.

That´s how I see hyped books. Because they´re everywhere. They come from out of nowhere, stay a while then disappear ( reluctantly ). Ha! That´s just wishful thinking on my part. The reality of hyped books looks more like this:

Book magically appears. Book stays on social media for an eternity.

But why is that? What turns a simple published book into a hyped read? Who´s responsible for the hype? HOW CAN WE STOP THIS MADNESS?!

 

 

If I start to over analyze the subject my blood pressure might rise high enough to shoot a hole through my roof. We don´t want that to happen. Instead, let me tell you the 5 Reasons Why I Avoid Hyped Books.

 


 

5 reasons

 

 

  1. Overkill Book Promotion. 

You see a brand new published book. Fab cover. Interesting book description. The stars are aligned. But then you have a few minutes to spare and check out Instagram or any other popular social media platform and before you know it… that brand new book you saw is being shoved down your throat by 3/4 of the world´s book loving population. Everywhere you look that book is THERE. Yeah, no. I´ll pass.

 

2. 8 Million 5 Star Reviews

Hahaha. Nice try, fans of a hyped book / obsessive fans of trendy author. You can´t be trusted. Ever. Because a book is never completely flawless. I understand that while a book may be a 5 star read I also understand that all books, even the best from the best, have parts or scenes that weren´t to someone´s liking, or maybe the writing was slow… I mean- this is just my overall opinion but… no book, not even the 5 star reviews I publish for certain books are without flaws. I just don´t consider some flaws significant enough to mention.

Give me some flaws between the love gushing to work with and I might consider reading a hyped book.

 

3.  Die – Hard Fans

This is actually tied with #1 but it´s still not bad to give these folks a closer inspection. Die – hard fans…Super not trust-worthy. Why? Because all die – hard fans do is promote one and the same book to death. It´s what they do. They can´t move on. And if they do then it´s another round of long-term, annoying book promo. Also, these people don´t allow room for opinions that might differ from theirs.

 

4. When Your Friend Sends A Text

You know a hyped book has reached it´s peek when your book loving friend calls or texts to ask if you already read the latest hit. I live in a village… far far away from any form of city life. People roll the sidewalks away after 6 p.m. I have one bestie in this God forgotten place and when she calls to tell me I HAVE to read `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green then I can´t. Seeing the book on the internet is one thing. I can avoid the internet. I can´t avoid my friend. An eye roll worthy moment for me whenever this happens ( and it only happens with hyped reads ).

 

5. The Ever Growing Pressure Of Not Having Read A Popular Book

Reading pressure. I don´t like that feeling at all. It´s the same with classic literature. Back in the day I felt awful for being a bookworm and not having read the true literary classics. I felt left out. I felt like I wasn´t worthy enough. Guess what? Screw that and the pressure bestowed upon us readers for not having read a hyped book. “What?! You haven´t read book XYZ yet?!” Yeah. I haven´t. And I probably never will. Thanks to all the wonderful people who´ve secured the book´s life long spotlight. Once I feel pressured I immediately lock down. Then it´s a “Too bad” type of situation.

 

The driving force behind hyped books are the fans. Of course, not all fans from hyped books are scary nutcases obsessive fans. Some book blogs I follow love certain hyped books and that´s totally fine. I understand the need to read a book that looks and sounds good. To  each is their own. Normal fans aren´t the ones shoving hyped books in my face. It´s the ones who can´t seem to let go.

Sadly, these obsessive readers ruin it for others.

Then there´s that overkill marketing from publishers. Sheesh. We get it. The book is good. How about marketing every other book the exact same way? Make it fair for everyone? Balance, maybe?

With that being said- I´m not completely immune. I´ve caved and read hyped books and I sometimes still do. It´s takes years of avoidance and a million discussions with befriended book people to convince me, though. I have to be 100% on board with a hyped book.


What are your thoughts on hyped books? Do you read them or avoid them? Let´s chat.

 

That´s it for today. Stay tuned to find out which hyped books I´ve been successfully avoiding and which I´ve avoided but eventually caved and read. Thank you so much for reading. ❤ Share the book love.


 

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Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

Someone! Please! ANYONE! Give me a medal because I have read and survived `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green.

I´m serious. For years ( !! ) I´ve avoided this book like the plague. At first I avoided the book because of the hype. Dear sweet baby Jesus… I just dislike when someone ( or a million people ) try to shove books down my throat. The greater the hype, the less I´m interested.

Then I found out the book was a tool to make women sob uncontrollably. To put readers in a never-ending, bottomless pit of depression because the book is THAT sad.

Who wakes up in the morning and decides they want to have a good crying in the evening? Certainly not me.

But before I go ahead and tell you how I survived `The Fault In Our Stars` I think it would be wise to mention that I have seen the movie before I read the book. By accident. I swear on all that´s pink and fluffy…. It wasn´t my fault.

You see, I like to watch TV before I hit the sack. I flip through channels and end up watching whatever until the ass crack of dawn. Well, I somehow managed to land on a channel and noticed I was watching something that clearly started a few minutes earlier without me. Okay, all was good.

Then, for whatever reason, I heard some catch phrases I remembered reading online. Catch phrases that struck a chord…. Before I knew it I was a so angry and a sobbing mess. I remember my husband coming out of the bedroom at 4 a.m. asking if someone in the family died. I remember him standing in the livingroom wearing his medieval PJ´s ( they´re truly ugly ) with a helpless look on his face. He asked if there was anything he could do. He asked why I didn´t just change the channel.

To be honest? That was the last thing on my mind in that moment. All I could do was cry. It was awful. I felt awful. The next day the husbutt brought flowers and chocolate and told me I needed help.

Never in my life did I cry as much as I did while watching a movie. Bah. It wasn´t a beautiful sad type of story. It was just brutally sad. I don´t like sad. I don´t do sad. I´m a happy person. WHY was the universe such a bitch that night?

Okay, fast forward a few years….

A friend of mine came over and gushed her undivided love for a book she read. I listened, curiously ( of course ) and then it hit me. `The Fault In Our Stars`. So, the universe truly hated me.

“Did you read it?” She asked with excitement. The fault in our stars

“Nope. And I won´t read it. Not now, not ever.”

“But it´s a brilliant story.” She said.

“Brilliant? The fact that we have electricity… that´s brilliant. How water can turn to ice… That´s brilliant. That book…. It´s not entering this house.”

So…. to make a long story short…. We made a pact.  She promised to read `Thoughtless` a book I´ve been trying to get her to read for ages and in return I promised I´d read `The Fault In Our Stars`.  My friend had a point when she said the story couldn´t create more damage than it already had…. so….

For those who have no flipping clue about the book… Here´s the synopsis and after that I´ll willingly give my thoughts on the book.



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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

 


 

My Thoughts 2

Remember that this is a case of  I – saw – the – movie – before – I – read – the – book. And my final thoughts on the story?  I should have stuck to my guns. I should have kept avoiding this story at all costs.

I expected a little more. More of what, I have no idea. But when you read a book and then watch the movie it´s always a case of  the – book – is – better.

The books always have more depth and transfers emotions on a deeper level. For some odd reason, I didn´t feel the book was better ( or worse ) than the movie.

The book felt a little flat. A little too mushy for my taste.

Of course, the book was sad but I wasn´t the emotional mess I was after watching the movie. I wasn´t touched, as I should have been. Maybe it´s because I went against the natural book – then – movie order. Maybe maybe maybe….

All this doesn´t really matter because I´m still not convinced. The movie was sad and I´m not a fan of sad. The book wasn´t that sad.

Do you wanna know why I think the book wasn´t as sad?

The characters ruined the book. I struggled. Maybe it´s because I´ve long lost the mindset of a 16-year-old or maybe it was because the protagonist wasn´t my cup of tea. Whatever the reason, I just couldn´t. There was no character background for me to build a somewhat relationship with her. It´s true that I had no character background from the movie, either, but there hardly ever is a background story in movies.  What a reader gets is also a truck load of über witty one liners that are supposed to show how Hazel deals with her life with thyroid cancer.  Uuhm… I´ll pass. How do you connect with a character if you don´t know anything about her?

Enter Augustus. The boy Hazel falls for ( because one tragedy isn´t enough ). This character didn´t sit well with me, either.

As far as characters who suffer a great deal go, these were probably the worst, most pretentious beings that ever existed on paper. Very shallow, very unlikable.

This was a clear book problem. The characters in the movie were a lot more dramatic.

The writing, I must say, wasn´t for me, either. This was my first John Green read and I can´t say that I was blown out of my socks.

Overall, I wasn´t impressed with the book and the movie was awfully emotional.

 


 

Would I recommend this book? No. I´m sure there are people dying to have a proper cry evening at home, and I would recommend this read to those people. Everyone else? Nope.

Would I reread this book? No. It´s a miracle I even read it in the first place.



 

The Cover – 4 stars ( The cover is actually the type I prefer to see. Very eye catchy )

The Story – 2 stars ( The core of the story isn´t too bad. It might not be what I would ever pick for an evening read but it´s okay. Add the characters and it´s not okay anymore )

The Characters – 1 star ( Not going there. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Nope.

I´m giving `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green 2 out of 5 stars

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