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This Week’s Topic:
I’ve been the victim of over-hyped books more than I care to admit, and I’ve found them to be misleading the majority of the time. I’m not sure if it’s that the hype causes my expectations to be set too high, but I almost always seem to be disappointed. Over-hyped books gain such a massive audience, one much grander than that of the books I consider most precious, and it seems daunting to me that we can allow these books such undeserving esteem.
Now, I’m not including ALL over-hyped books. (I did very much enjoy The Hunger Games– though that may be attributed to the fact that I read this series before it became so popular.) I’m talking about the Twilights and the Fifty Shades of Greys that have thrown shadows over novels with actual literary merit.
Yes, I understand that a lot of people actually enjoyed these books, and that’s okay. But I want you to realize there are so many more books out there, and just because a book is an easier read, doesn’t mean that it’s a better one.
What are your thoughts on over-hyped books? Does the hype make you enjoy the book more? Less? Leave a comment below.