One of the biggest...afflictions I see in this community is the hype, oh my God, the hype. It's omnipresent, whichever way you turn. Whether it's a new book coming out or a new cover for an older book. Whether it's an unnecessary addition to a series or a much-awaited sequel. A prequel, a novella, a spin-off. Diverse, ownvoices, neither of these. Hardcover, paperback, painted fore edges, stained edges. Collector's editions, anniversary editions, special editions. Books, books, and yet more books, and being part of the bookish community means you're attacked by the hype from all around you.
While I agree that a healthy hype is no doubt necessary for a book to see the success it deserves, there are instances when the hype can prove to be a problem. For instance, there have been many times where I'd been super-excited about a book thanks to everyone raving about it that I have extremely high expectations for it- only to be disappointed with it when I actually do get around to it. Other times I get so excited for a book that I read it and love it- just like I expected to...or so I say while ignoring the nagging doubts I have about it.
It may seem like a weird confession to make but there have definitely been times when I got so carried away by the hype that I didn't think about the fact that I was blindly following the crowd. This has happened at least thrice so far and I've come to realize, in retrospect, that hype can be extremely harmful if you don't check yourself.
It has now come to the point where I'm actually quite averse to books that are hyped too much. How much is too much, you may ask? I don't really have an answer for that, but it's books that you see all day everyday- everywhere, practically. The books where you see a solitary tweet calling out on problematic aspects, but you see hundreds others praising it for- wait for it- being diverse. Do we not realize no rep is better than harmful rep?
I've now begun to check negative reviews of whatever books everyone, their mother and their cats are raving about, or I try to dig up everything negative about a book that seemingly everyone loves before I let myself get carried away by the hype and it actually works most times. I may be missing out on great books, but at least I don't inadvertently support problematic ones, right? But the truth is, I miss letting myself get hyped for books. I miss going into a book knowing everyone loved it and I'd no doubt love it too. I miss falling in love with hyped books, because I don't freaking read them all that much anymore! And that, right there, is a problem.
Has the hype affected you too? Are you wary of books that practically everyone's raving about? How do you resist the hype?
...Or do you?