Sunday, January 6, 2013

seriously, another Complaint about Hype?

Geez, Audrey, what are you doing? Are you out of ideas? Why are you complaining?....AGAIN?

It's okay. *pats head* 

But really, the Just One Day hype is killing me. Stop :( It's Insurgent all over again, but a tamer version, thank god (that promo was painful). 

I'll be first to say that I absolutely adore Gayle Forman and her novels, but PenguinTeen, you're getting too good at your job. I know she has a book. I know. Okay? I know. Please stop telling me. No, I don't have time to do your book club thing. I'm sorry. Now stop reminding me. Please.

*sigh*

I get tired of things quickly, and it's usually the worst when I'm tired of something before I even have access to it. I was really really really excited when I first heard of Gayle's new novel, but the excitement has been crushed under the wave of promo. 

But hey, there's also instances where overexposure desensitizes me to books. For example, The Fault in Our Stars is adored way too fervently in the internet world. It's a great book. I loved it. IN JANUARY. 

Now, a year later, I'm completely desensitized to the overused quotations; they do absolutely nothing for me anymore. Do I think it deserves the praise it's gotten? Yes. But then again, maybe we should try and read some other books and praise them instead. I understand the fascination with John Green, but as a booklover speaking to his legions of fans: there are wondrous, beautiful, undiscovered books out there that will blow your mind if you stop obsessing about TFIOS. Go, my dears. Go discover them. 


Now that "present" and "past" has been covered, let's discuss the future. I'm focusing at you, Penguin (is it like, PenguinHouse yet?), so I'm going to mention Sarah Dessen's The Moon and More that's releasing in June. Please don't go overboard, I implore you. 

tl;dr: hype sucks and I enjoy complaining. 

14 comments:

  1. Totalllyyyy know what you mean!! Makes me not want to read certain books anymore when the publishing houses get too aggressive with the marketing efforts. All the hype and I just sick of hearing about it. Luckily I read just one day before some of the recent aggressive promo and I really did love it! Not because it was a Gayle book or a big title for penguin (house haha) but bc it really resonated with me. I hope you are able to ignore the hype and enjoy it...though I know from experience it's so so so hard. There are still some books I haven't read cough Divergent and matched cough for that reason! I'm sure as a Gayle fan you will be able to eventually!
    Completely understand and share your sentiments at times :)

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    1. Yes, I think aggressive is the perfect word to describe it! And I saw your best-of survey and saw all the mentions, I'm glad it lives up to the hype, despite how unappealing I find all the promo. And yeah, I hate the way hype ruins reading experiences sometime. Thanks for the comment Jamie!

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  2. Heh, just come here from writing a bit about "The Fault In Our Stars" on my blog - sorry. (It's only just started making it big over here in the UK with the paperback release though admittedly the internet has no nationality.) But yes, there are some books that have the same effect on me. If I didn't care to read them in the first place, the hype makes me determined not to get involved.

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    1. Ooh, I wonder when they'll release the PB version of it in North America. And really did love TFIOS, i think it might just be because I see quotes from it ALL THE TIME (damn you, Tumblr).

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  3. I'm glad someone else didn't love Insurgent and thought it was too over-hyped. Because of the hype, I was really disappointed when with that book. And that's not the only time that has happened to me, either. Many a book has been ruined due to all of the hype and my extremely high expectations. I probably would have enjoyed them more had they not been so hyped up.

    Don't feel bad about complaining about too much hype, because you're not the only one who has a problem with it.
    And sorry for my rant.

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    1. GAH I have very non-fond memories of Insurgent. And I know exactly what you mean by feeling like I would have liked a book much more had the hype not been insane. Haha no worries, this entire post is a rant! :p

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  4. Oh lord I just literally not a second ago pre-ordered Just One Day and then clicked the blogger tab and saw this post *opps* I was actually not going even buy a copy and just read it from my library because I read If I stay and Where She Went last year and my reaction was: this is it? I think on my own, I could have love, adored and given the two books a million stars but after EVERYONE IN THE UNIVERSE told me OMGGG THESE TWO BOOKS ARE THE BEST, the hype killed them and they turned out to "eh" books when I read them. So I'm REALLY scared to Just One Day because it hasn't even come out yet and everyone is already like OMG IT'S THE BEST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE. I went ahead and pre-ordered because Gayle Forman is coming here on the 15th and I'm going to go. And I might as well read it before everyone gets crazy and reads and talks about it nonstop.

    I haven't read The Fault in Our Stars because, my god, I want to read it and give not 1 star, but negative one million stars. I want to hate the book and that's not normal! Seeing everyone love it just makes me run the other way. Seeing people love a book is nice but just ah, I want to develop my own opinion!

    Also, Divergent I read that after everyone and I got a lot of "you'll love it!" but I gave it 4 stars when I could have given it 5 stars. They hype just built ridiculous expectations.

    To me, this is not the publishers fault, heck, they BETTER market their books and I wouldn't except anything otherwise. Publishers don't know how well received a book will turn out. It's really people's fault for going overboard but I certainly can't tell people to stop raving about books they love because it's their right *sigh* it's my fault for making hype ruin books for me.

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    1. I read Where She Went pre-hype (thank god) so I loved it, but then I can completely understand where you're coming from and after all the extravaganza being disappointed after reading. And dude I'm so jealous you'll get to see Gayle in person!!! I think I'll be avoiding Just One Day reviews because I don't want the thought of everyone's crazy positivity ruining my reading experience.

      Hahah I know what you mean by tfios!! After hearing about a book for SO LONG I feel like I want to read it and hate it just because I was so annoyed with the fanfare LOL

      I think the publishers are trying to get the word out but they're alienating people (but of course, also getting the attention of others) in the process. It might just be a balance of me following a lot of bloggers/authors on twitter so my newsfeed would be crammed with book news, as opposed to maybe just a casual reader who follows a single twitter account and will just see one tweet about the event. Just as a member of the book blogging community, I'm finding the hype to be ridiculous becuase it's SO in your face.

      And yup, I hate it when I feel like the book didn't get the chance it deserved, because I personally went into it with the hype in my head.

      Thanks for the comment Racquel :) And sorry for this super long reply!

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  5. Oh I agree with you on this. I hate complaining about the 'hype train,' but it's real and it's out there! I really liked TFIOS and it's one of my favorites in 2012 but I wonder, if it was written by someone else - say a less known author - would it still get the same praise?

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    1. I know what you mean, because every day we see amazing books by less popular authors being buried, but then again, that might just be the way the publishing industry works with a few "gems" per year (but of course, those are bigger stories when the 'gems' come out of nowhere and John Green isn't exactly a nobody). I definitely don't think it'd be on the NYT Bestselling list for year.

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  6. Soo true! But it's not just the publishers, I think. As an example, I got really tired of having The Fault In Our Stars at the top of every 2012 ranking this year. I haven't read the book yet, I'm sure it's amazing, but I think it gets boring hearing about the same books over and over and over and over again :D

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    1. I know, right? I feel like the books I see over and over again on those best-of lists are books that are really popular/hyped, which is why I like seeing lesser-known or totally underrecognized books on these types of lists. I do think that the universal praise isn't something to be ignored (I DID really like TFIOS) so do give it a chance if you can :p

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  7. BLESS THIS POST. That is all. Well not really, I saw the title of your post and thought you were going to complain about complaining and I was like NO, I STILL HAVE SO MANY COMPLAINTS but then I read it and all I can do is agree so very wholeheartedly. Insurgent's hype craze was overblown to the point of ridiculousness. It bothers me that you can sell a book so well with that kind of in-your-face-advertising instead of praise /after/ it's released and, yknow, people have actually read it and had time to critique it.

    The worst thing is... if hype works so well, more publishers are going to start doing it. I've been a bit of a recluse in the internet world lately and missed everything about Just One Day, but just the idea of all the shameless promos shouting over each other is very offputting. >:| (Agreed with the TFIOS gushing, I wish some lesser-known books got that kind of love and exposure once in a while... it is a social injustice that masterpieces like the Lumatere Chronicles are still under the radar T_T)

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    1. Hahhaa I LOVE to complain!! I would never stop xD

      I feel bad being the one who searches those one-star reviews on goodreads because I'm so sick of the hype. And I know, I'm afraid that more pubs are going to go crazy for just a few books each year, but we'll see... :/

      GAR the Lumatere Chronicles are sooooo good. EVERYONE MUST READ.

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