This might seem like a pretty random topic – well, it is. But it’s something I thought of while typing up my review for Everything, Everything, and I think it might actually make an interesting discussion point.
In my review, I mention the reason I haven’t read Everything, Everything sooner. Because I simply thought it would be an overhyped cliche contemporary/romance. After reading The Fault in Our Stars – which I found severely overhyped – I fell into a bitter stage of not wanting to read anything with too much hype.
But why? Because we are, simply, creatures of habit. We love dystopians like The Hunger Games and Divergent. We love paranormals like Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. We love romances like The Fault in Our Stars and Me Before You.
So why do/did I generally steer away from these? Mainly because there are just too many similarities. I want something that people don’t read because it’s too different, and because it’s something they’re not used to.
I didn’t read Everything, Everything, because I thought it was a sad, cliche, emotional romance. I might be slightly right in that thought, but there is so much more in the story to make it unique. To make it such an incredible book to me.
I can hear you saying, what is the point of this post? Well, my point is that hype also means we make the wrong assumptions about things. Hype means we might not read an amazing book because it looks or sounds similar to one we didn’t like, or found overhyped. Hype isn’t always great – especially for people who are looking for something a little different.
What do you think? Do you prefer overhyped or underhyped books?
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽