Happy Friday everyone,
For this weeks Hype or Like Friday it is: When does a book reach hype status?
Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.
Hype is a term that could be both positive and negative. I will first give you a few examples of when a book reaches hype status.
1. Movie Adaptations
Ever since adaptations has been made for bestselling novels, it always hypes up the popularity. Examples have included; Twilight, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Fault in our Stars etc. I admit I actually did read Twilight and Harry Potter before the movies were even announced. But seeing the trailers to Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars made me want to go out and read the books.
With movie adaptations, it takes those who haven’t read the book or heard of teh story will pick up the book and become fans. While a lot of the YA adaptions have been fairly hit-or-miss, it does expand the fan base of the book series and draws up more interest.
2. Booktubers and bloggers
Over the past few years Booktube and blogging has always played a key role in whether or not a book reaches hype status. Usually if the booktuber has hundreds of thousands of subscribers it plays a role if the book reaches hype status if they love the book. I know since, many of the books I pick up are well loved by those in the booktube community. While I still follow my own opinion, I feel many readers see if any of the booktubers like a book and read it for themselves.
I also think it could affect how one sees a book. An example is this months Book of the Month which is The Winners Curse. The Winners Curse was very hyped up by members of the booktube community. Last year I decided to read it and I DNF. I think as I was reading the book, I was wondering where is this “great book” everyone was talking about. I am currently re-reading it so I could give my own view for next weeks review.
Fandom is a funny thing. I admit I am a fanboy of series like, The Lunar Chronicles, Harry Potter and a Song of Ice and Fire. If you seen some of my reviews for The Lunar Chronicles and especially Winter, where I admitted its my favorite final books of a series. The Lunar Chronicles is still one of my favorite series and I also admit there was some problems because no book is perfect.
Sometimes I think fandom can also lead a book series to be over hyped. An example is the works of Cassandra Clare. The fandom is very active and also over hyped a book. To be honest I only read the first two books of the Mortal Instruments and the first book of the Infernal Devices series. I just thought they were kinda “meh”. Not bad but also not mindbogglingly great. But sometimes the fandom can’t see the flaws in a book and keep saying how great a book is when really it is just okay.
Those are my examples of when a book reaches hype status. Do you have a book series that has reached hyped status that you haven’t read yet? When do you consider a book to have reached hype status? Let me know in the comments below!