I have a confession to make.
Book hype tends to turn me off.
I struggle with this at times. I know I am most likely missing out on some great books. There generally is a reason for all of the hype.
Example: HARRY POTTER
It took me a few years to get over the hype and pick up a book already. I remember reading the book reviews and about the midnight book release parties in the paper. I remember thinking, I would probably like those books. I kind of wanted to be at those parties. . . But I just couldn’t bring myself to pick one up. Believe me, I tried. Whenever I was at the bookstore, sometimes I’d wander over to where Harry Potter was hiding out and just stare at them.
It took my annual Thanksgiving trip to New Mexico for me to finally grab one. The reason? I had forgotten to pack books for the plane. (How I did that, I have no clue). I browsed the little bookshop at the airport and nothing really looked appealing. Then I saw the Harry Potter books. I was still a little dubious, but I bought it anyway.
It was love at first sight.
I was so enthralled that as much as I wanted to keep reading once I’d hit my aunt’s house, I managed to wait until everyone went to bed. I finished it that night and felt like a crack addict because I didn’t have the second book ready and waiting. On the trip home I bought the second and third books.
I believed I gobbled those up during the rest of the weekend. Upon finishing, I immediately sought out book four, which took a couple of extra days to complete because of its heft. Then I went back to the store, naively thinking there was a fifth one ready and waiting. I didn’t know yet that they weren’t all published and people had been waiting longer than I had for the fifth installation. However, I learned quickly and joined the legions of uber-fans, awaiting the book release, and attended my first midnight party at Barnes and Noble a year and a half later.
So it takes me a while at times to get over the hype.
Currently, I am feeling this reluctance towards The Millennium and The Hunger Game series. So many people in my life are reading/have read them and continue to rave about how good the books are. At first I was resolutely not going to read them, but I feel myself wavering a smidge. I am growing curious. I think ultimately I’d most likely enjoy them. I doubt I’d become a super fan, but if I don’t read them, am I depriving myself of a delightful and engaging reading experience? Am I missing all the fun?
How do you feel about hype? Does it hinder you? Or does it get you excited about the books and inspire you to read them?
photo credits: first one-Bloomberg News Photo, the second one is mine.