Hype or Like Friday: When do you consider a Book to Have Reached Hype Status

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.

3. Fandom

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!

Hype or Like Friday #1

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.

For this week it is Top 10 hyped up books. For this it doesn’t necessarily mean bad, I just felt they were over hyped. If you like any of these books or series that’s fine.

Top 10 Hyped Up books: not in any order

The Darkest Minds Trilogy

This is a book series that had a great premise but the story and execution was poorly done. I mean, kids with powers should be a great premise alone, but the problem was the powers were not clearly defined.

The Mortal Instruments Series

Talk about an over hyped series. Everyone kept saying its Harry Potter meets Buffy, and of course not a bad combination but I really hated the love story, and I actually like the supporting characters better than the two leads. I only read the first two, so tell me that it gets better.

The Winners Curse 

If you read my T5W DNF, this was on the list. I felt the characters were boring and flat and the plot was messy, and when the story finally picked up I didn’t feel anything for the characters.

John Green books

Ok, the only book I actually liked was the Fault in our Stars. But than when I read his other books I felt the tropes were very repetitive. It was Paper Towns that kinda had me lose interest in his books.

Nicholas Sparks books

A Walk to Remember was a book I really likes, I also enjoyed the Notebook. But like with John Green books the book tropes become so repetitive that every book is the same story.

Shadow and Bone trilogy

I read the first book, but it was such a chore to get through and I could see the plot twist coming a mile away. I though the book was okay but no where near the level of hype.

Alice in Zombieland

The title alone should have made this awesome. But what ruined it was the dumb insta-love and the poorly written plot.

Fifty Shades of Grey

In the end the book is just Twilight fan fiction, that is really poorly written and with poorly developed characters.

Thirteen Reasons Why

Okay you probably think I am a heartless bastard but hear me out. I thought the book was good, but I think because when I read Shooter by Walter Dean Myers, that book didn’t hold back. I also felt that Hannah was a thinly developed character.

Throne of Glass

I actually really like this series so far, only in the middle of Heir of Fire. I think the character of Celaena is not the bad ass female character that everyone says she is. I also sometimes feel the romance is taking too much time from the action that everyone wants to see.

Those are my choices for the Top 10 over hyped books. Hope you enjoyed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Book Tag

All right here is another book tag that looked interesting because I love Disney and why not combine it with books

It was saw it in Angie’s Blog so I decided to give it a try.

The Little Mermaid-a character who is out of their element or a “fish out of water.

My answer would be Cress from the Lunar Chronicles. After spending most of her life in a satellite, the way she looks at the world is amazing and is literally experiencing everything for the first time and that is what I love about the character.

Cinderella-a character that goes through a major transformation

Neville Longbotton from Harry Potter. A character that started off as dweeb that everyone picks on to basically the hero of the entire series, lead Dumbledore’s Army while Harry was away and stood up to Voldemort himself.

Snow white-a book with an eclectic cast of characters

The Lunar Chronicles. Each of the characters all play role in defeating Levena and work together. They are basically the Fairy Tale Avengers. They all have different personalities and skill sets that make them different from one another but also relate to each other.

 

Sleeping Beauty: a book that put you to sleep.

The Winner’s Curse: I know this book has a fan base but I really found the book to be very boring and uninteresting. The characters were very flat and the plot was weak.

The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Eden from the Legend Trilogy: He had most of family killed aside from Day. Then gets experimented on by the Republic which blinded him temporarily.

Beauty and the Beast – a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

A Song of Ice and Fire-mainly A Dance with Dragons. When I first saw the book and how huge it was. But the book was so good it only took me two days.

Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

Queen Levana from Lunar Chronicles: She always wanted to be loved and the crown. But at the cost of her sister, and the man she loved.

Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire: She spends a majority of The Clash of Kings pretending to be a boy in order to protect herself.

Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Harry Potter. I know most people have this as an answer but come on who wouldn’t wish the Harry Potter characters were real.

Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

Tywin Lannister from a Song of Ice and Fire. While Joffrey and Cersei are more crazy and evil. Tywin is a planner, a strategist and knows how to get things done and make alliances in order to become more powerful.

That’s it. I know most of my choices were from Harry Potter, Lunar Chronicles and A Song of Ice Fire but those are my favorite book series.

If you want to take part and if you are reading this than you are tagged.

Top 5 Wednesday: DNF-Did not finish

This is something that I wanted to do but never had the time, so this is my top 5 Wednesday which was started by Lainey and theirs a group on Goodreads.

This week is Top 5 DNF or Did not Finish, which is the top 5 books you didn’t finish. This was tricky because  I usually try to finish a book no matter how boring it is, so I am going to included series I didn’t finish as well.

Disclaimer: I know some of these books has fans, but this my opinion. If you like any of these books fine, they just weren’t for me.

  1. The Winner’s Curse:

I just couldn’t get into this book. I heard great things so I decided to read it, and it was such a chore to get through, and I also felt that the characters were very bland and uninteresting.

2. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

This is a case of when I though I was getting one story, but I wound up getting a different story. I thought it would be a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with zombies, but what I got was a story that is basically Gossip Girl. The beginning I thought was really good, but the book as it went on failed to live up to expectations and I got bored.

3. The Quarantine series by Lex Thomas

 

When I read the first book, I thought it was all right. The premise excited me, but when I read the first book the story was cliched, and the characters were uninteresting and dull.

4. The Girl Who Would be King: by Kelly Thompson

This is another example of excited by the premise, but disappointed in the story. I like that it dealt with powers that the two leading girls had, the execution of the story was disappointing and boring that I couldn’t finish it.

5. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

This was a series I felt was over hyped. I was a little underwhelmed by the first book and the world building which I felt was confusing and it had a twist that anyone could see coming. I may pick it up again because I heard the book series gets better, so I may finish it.