So you read a popular book? And now you have to write a review? Really, best advice, don’t do it! Avoid writing reviews for hyped books at all costs.
Because no matter what you do, writing a review for a super hyped book is painful and scary! Truthfully, I’m never very confident about writing about popular books. Even for books I enjoyed. Writing them is so anxious? Why?
Perhaps it’s not always completely terrible. Sometimes I have lots of fun writing them, it can depend on how much I enjoyed the book. If I love the book, it can be fun to shout about my opinion.
Or if the book was problematic or I just didn’t like it, now I have to publish a different opinion.
That is scary.
Does that mean that I never write hyped book reviews? Um, no. Because there are pros and cons to writing about hyped books.
Pro – Alot of people have read it.
Sometimes, if you’re writing a book for a super obscure book, you know not too many people will read the review. After all, why should you read review my book for the Scarlet Pimpernel? It was published over a 100 years ago, and you probably aren’t making plans to read it. *tears*
Still, you should read my thoughts about the Scarlet Pimpernel. Because Sir Percy is ADORABLE.
On the other hand, if I’m writing a review for a super popular book, more people are likely to have read the book. People will know more about the book, because they’ve read the book, too! I won’t talking about a random book that no one else has read! Yeah!
Con – Sharing a very different opinion *publicly*
Hyped books have popular opinions. Everyone’s chatting about the book & you don’t want to be the only one with a different opinion
I hate how nervous this fear makes me! I don’t think bloggers & readers should be afraid of being different or controversial. I don’t mean offensive or rude. I do mean opinionated.
We can’t really except that all readers will have the same tastes and opinions. We’re humans. We’re different.
And that is good. It’s perfectly ok. Even amazing.
Knowing that being different is great doesn’t automatically make you feel great about being different.
It is hard to publicly say I don’t like what everyone else is loving.
What if people think I’m being whiny? Or snobbish? Or just weird?
I do have to stop myself from thinking through what everyone could be thinking about my thoughts because that kind of thinking is a bad idea.
And I think I just created a tongue twister by writing that entire last paragraph.
Pro – Lots of Chatter
More people read hyped books. That means we can all talk about it. I enjoy reading book reviews for my favorite books. That may be weird? But if I like a book, I enjoy reading reviews for it. Even negative reviews? Maybe I’m just super strange.
Ok, I may just be strange. But from my personal blogging experience, I know more people read my reviews for hyped books. Just looking at the stats, you know.
More comments, more discussions, more fun! If we love the book, we can fangirl together. Or if we’re mad, ranting together is also great.
Being loud is just fun, right?!?!?!
Con – All the Expectations. Ugh.
The hardest thing about reading and reviewing hyped books are the expectations! Even if a book lives up to your expectations, reading something expecting greatness is anxiety building. It’s more stressful than I think it’s really worth?
I’d rather NOT expect anything from a book? Maybe that sounds super weird. But it’s true! The build up to a book is horrible.
I don’t need to know the plot or that lots of people think it’s amazing. I just want to read books and enjoy stories and fall in love with different characters.
Now, I don’t mind hearing about books and adding tons of books to my TBR. However, It’s incredibly hard to balance simply hearing about a book and getting dumped with a hurricane full of hype.
Two examples that I hope clarify exactly what I mean. 🙂
I kept hearing about An Ember in the Ashes. Bloggers and friends casually mentioned it, popping it into my insta feed. I think I saw it on Goodreads? Anyway, I heard about it, so I added it to my TBR.
I was overloaded with HYPE for ACOTAR and all things Sarah J Maas. Every picture in my feed was crammed full of Mass merch. People kept asking me if I’d read her books. I saw so MANY posts MONTHS before her last book was published.
See the difference? Casual recommendation versus SCREAMING THOU SHALT READ THIS.
Just don’t scream about books? Please? Let’s be kind, offer recommendations, and respect each other.
(Ok, you can scream about books. Just don’t scream at people that they must read a book. Especially before it’s even published. I just think that’s anxiety building and not too nice)
Pro – We’re in this Bookish World Together
I’m not sure how exactly to describe this pro? It’s definitely a pro and I really want to chat about this point.
Hyped books aren’t perfect, I think we can all admit that.
Some hyped books can have some super problematic material. Seeing problematic books hyped is damaging. It can be isolating, especially if the problematic material is personal. It can hurt to see readers promoting books that can potentially cause harm.
But, it can also be incredibly supportive to bump into fellow bloggers/readers who also recognize the problematic materials. It doesn’t mean they’ve gone through the same situations that you have experienced – but they see the world in a similar way.
Maybe this all sounds strange? Sorry if it does! I’m trying to talk, though I sound rather bumbling. Finding people who are frustrated by bad stuff is encouraging. Good feelings.
You’re not alone. We can stand up for each other together.
Basically, seeing other readers point out the same problems you see in problematic books feels like this gif ^
Whether or not you hate, love, or even care about hyped books, writing any kind of book review is hard work. It’s hard work to create semi-coherent opinions that are readable?
At least, that’s what I feel like every time I sit down to write a review. How in the world am I supposed to put together all the thoughts I have on this book?
But book reviews are the backbone of book blogging & somehow we all manage to get them done?
^toast to all the bookworms^
Do you like reading hyped books? How does hype make you feel? Do you enjoy writing book reviews?
How do you deal with expectations about books? Do you read hyped books as soon as they’re released? Have you ever been really, really, really disappointed by a hyped book?