By: Melanie | August 16, 2013 | (14) Comments

discussing through midnight

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Hype is one of the nastiest and best things out there in the blogging world. It can presure authors and disappoint readers. Nothing great for both sides of the scale. However, if the hype lives up, then benefit goes to both the author and readers. Today, I’m going to be sharing some badly hyped, greatly hyped and under hyped novels.

Bad Hype:

Bad hype

What can I say? These hyped up books really let me down when I read them. Twilight was absolutely disastrous. Incarnate was little bit better but still didn’t go too well. City of Fallen Angels was a disappointment as it became way too romance based.

Good Hype:

Good hypeGood hype is when books get hyped up so much that they’re pratically everywhere you go. These ones were and when I finished them, I fell in love. Percy Jackson has been my all time favourite series since I began reading.

Under Hyped:

Under hypedI don’t think these books will ever leave my head until more people read these! Shadows and Wildlife are Aussie YA’s and they are just perfection. Dangerous Girls… well… I hated it which is why I loved it. (I never make any sense, I know *wails*)

  So what about you guys, do you like hype or not?

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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14 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (4): Book Hype

  1. Celine says:

    I completely agree with you 🙂 I love hypes when they make me read a book I loved, loved, loved! But the other ones… Not so much. I think it’s also a bit sad that some amazing books out there are not very known because other books have been hyped and no-one pays attention to the ‘smaller’, not-hyped books. There are absolute gems to be found there!

    I must admit that I actually haven’t read any of the books you listed ‘underhyped’. *shame* But I was planning on buying Dangerous Girls anyway, so I can feel a bit better about myself, lol.
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  2. Kezia D says:

    Hypes usually make me wanna read the book even more! I would have never read TFIOS or Shadow and Bone if they hadn’t been hyped. But I felt a bit underwhelmed with TFIOS… It was a really good book but I expected it to be a total tearjerker I even prepared a box of tissue right next to me when I started it. Apparently I didn’t cry — just got a bit teary-eyed in the end. See, hype makes us have these unbelievably high expectations :/

    I totally agree with PJO! It’s the series that got me into reading in the first place. And I don’t intend to read Twilight no matter how many times my bestfriend recommends it — I think I would dislike it anyways lol.
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  3. Stephanie B says:

    I haven’t actually had any bad experience with hype so for the time being I remain relatively trusting and not-yet-jaded.
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  4. I hate it when hyped books are a disappointment. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo was like that for me. I read All Our Yesterdays the other day and it definitely did live up to the hype.

    Great post, Melanie!
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  5. I definitely agree that hype affects how soon I’ll read a book. I recently bought a copy of Dangerous Girls, so I’m so glad it’s good. The Percy Jackson series is also one of my all time favorites 🙂 Great post!
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  6. Jasprit says:

    I agree with you Melanie, All Our Yesterdays definitely lived up to the hype, another book that fitted into this category for me was The 5th Wave. And everyone needs to read Shadows, this book is utterly brilliant and everyone needs to pick it up. I’m glad that it’s finally been picked up by publishers in the US and UK. Brilliant post Melanie! 🙂
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  7. Usually, hype makes me NOT want to read a book because of all the pressure I feel to like it. It happened so many times. With Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I happen to be the odd one out. IT was only a 3 star read for me. But All Our Yesterdays totally deserves the hype it seems to be getting, it’s such a fabulous, imaginative book.

    I need to read Shadows asap. I even have a gorgeous copy right here.
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  8. Diamond Dee says:

    I totally agree that hype can be a dangerous thing! When a book is super hyped up, if I decide I have to see what all the fuss is about (most recently, with the iron fey series) I make sure to take a step back and be like, this is just another book I’m going to read. If I play up the hype in my head, I’m sure to be disappointed, even just a little.
    Too bad Incarnate sucked, that was on my maybe list, mostly due to the cover. Too many other amazing books though I’ll be crossing that one out!
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  9. Ariel says:

    I love the Percy Jackson series as well! And I can’t wait to read All Our Yesterdays! But I agree, hype can definitely be dangerous/deceiving. I’m usually not too disappointed if I ever read a popular book, but I didn’t quite like Incarnate. I rather enjoyed City of Fallen Angels though.
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  10. Candace says:

    Hype often keeps me from reading a book/series. I don’t fully understand why though. Like these days I almost don’t want to read any Cassandra Clare book cause they all are so hyped. But I do usually end up enjoying them.
    I love Aussie books so I’m going to look up that one!

  11. I think hype can definitely hurt a book if you have super high expectations and you don’t love it–and therefore what might have been a “oh, it’s fine, I liked but didn’t love it” can sometimes turn into WHY ALL THE FUSS? I try not to let hype affect me, but sometimes some of it definitely trickles through.

    I actually had the opposite experience with some of the books you mentioned, hah, so it just goes to show you can never tell what someone considers overhyped or deserving of hype. But I agree with you on WILDLIFE! I am posting my review + extra thingy soon. 🙂

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden
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  12. I agree that hype can be a dangerous thing — I understand the need to get the word out, but when it crosses over into hype it can be annoying and get readers’ expectations too high. I also get disappointed when a book is pitched as just like X when it’s nothing like X.

  13. Lyn Kaye says:

    Incarnate must be bad. I bought it because of the cover. That’s what I get.
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  14. Hypes are strange.. Sometimes, I completely understand it. Sometimes, I feel like a loner/freak. Sometimes, I wonder ‘why the hell is this book not hyped??’
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