Thinking Too Hard : Falling Victim to the Hype

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It’s about to get a bit rambly up in here. Don’t believe me? Read my previous Thinking Too Hard post, Review Books vs. What I Want to Read. It’s ramble-central. Because that’s what I do.


So for this Thinking Too Hard post, I’m going to talk about something I’ve recently had happen to me that made me so upset. There’s this book that you might have MAYBE heard of. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski? Anyone? Yeah, I thought so. Let me tell you how head over heels I was for this book BEFORE I HAD EVEN READ IT. I mean, everyone and their mother was saying how amazing it was. 5 star reviews were floating all over Twitter, my Feedly, Goodreads, all of it. And I was all “man! I need to read this!!!” So I joined an ARC tour and then….!!!


I read 91 pages. NINETY ONE. I didn’t even make it to 100.


Okay, let me clarify some things. I actually really liked the writing. I thought it was descriptive and beautiful. BUT I was expecting this book to be WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM from the get-go. I mean….all these people – people who I usually agree with – wrote such lovely things! It had to be perfect, it just had to be!!! But it wasn’t (at least for me).


I couldn’t exactly think of why this was. Was it the genre? I’m not a HUGE high-fantasy fan – I enjoy it, but it isn’t my absolute favorite. Was it the setting? What could it be? I finally narrowed it down to two things. The first being that it dragged a bit, and I’m a reader that needs to be sucked in from the very beginning. Dragging is not my friend.


The second thing, and I think ultimately, this is what it was….


The hype. I had heard such AMAZING things about this book! Seriously, amazing!!! I was expecting fireworks! A parade! A monkey on a flying trapeze!!! Just big, giant things. And I didn’t get it from the beginning, which is what I wanted.


To be fair to The Winner’s Curse, this is NOT the first (or I’m sure, the last) time this has happened. Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Didn’t even make it to fifty pages. AND THAT WAS A BOOK THAT WAS A SURE THING. Such a great idea! I can’t even explain how much I loved the whole drawing-the-monsters-in-her-sketchbook thing. From one creepy girl to another, you feel me? And for some reason, I just wanted more, more, more! And then, when I didn’t get any, I put it down.


Please tell me I’m not alone in this. Have there been any books that you thought you’d love, based on everyone else’s reactions, and then you DNF-ed them? Or maybe finished them, but were just kind of ‘meh’? Let me know in the comments below!!

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11 Responses to Thinking Too Hard : Falling Victim to the Hype

  1. Jaime says:

    I DNF’d this at pg 92 lol then I weren’t back to it a month later and ended up falling in love with it. But yeah I’ve hated some over hyped books so I feel ya!

  2. It’s SO EASY to fall victim to the hype. I know this, which is why I only downloaded the first five chapters of this book free! lol. I haven’t even started it. Sometimes when a book sounds too good to be true, it totally isn’t.

  3. I think sometimes the hype can work against a book. Things are built up to such a place where they will never be able to meet your expectations and then they fall flat. Its almost better when they aren’t hyped us as then they don’t disappoint.

  4. Kayla says:

    I liked the Divergent trilogy, but I didn’t love it. And you know I absolutely hated everything about Shatter Me. I like to stumble upon books knowing nothing about them so I have a fresh start and open mind.

  5. Yes. Happens to me often. That’s why I don’t do book tours/reviews. I’m always afraid I’ll hate it and then feel pressured. I hate pressure.

  6. Kelsey says:

    I’ve had that happen a few times, Matched by Ally Condie was one. Everyone was saying how good the series was but I was so disappointed. Read the first and it was ok, read the second and hated it, but I did finish them. I never bothered with the next book though, and I gave away my copy of Matched. I’m trying to ignore hype now, just to see if I like a new book or not. So far so good!

  7. Alexa says:

    I think there are some books that just take more effort to get into because the story does pick up in Daughter of Smoke and Bone but it takes time. That story is so beautiful but it doesn’t lay out the whole book in the first 50 pages. I do get what you are saying though because I tried to read Eleanor and Park which everyone raves about and only made it about 100ish pages in before I said it wasn’t for me and took it back to the library without a second thought.
    Sometimes hype gets to us but also sometimes the book just isn’t for us personally.

  8. Shawnah says:

    Great post. So glad I’m not alone on this one. I usually feel like something I’d wing with me especially when everyone is raving about it. My goal for myself is to stop forcing myself finish a book that I just can’t get into. I have way to many books that I’ve been hoarding to waste time on something I’m not enjoying.

  9. Oh man, YES! I can’t even pick up books that are THAT hyped until the hype dies down because I know the real book will just never live up. I’ve similarly not read Cress yet!

  10. jsnow09 says:

    Great post. Recently I audio listened to Angelfall and for the life of me I could NOT understand what all the hype was about. I did finish the book though, partly b/c I keep thinking there was something fantastic lurking around the corner. :-( Sucks.

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