I’ve been reading the other TBR challenge posts today and noticing that other readers have also been very happy with their hyped book*, whereas often the reaction to a hyped book is disappointment. I’m thinking of a couple of potential reasons:
— These hyped books have passed the test of time. Readers have been loving on them for quite a while, not just when they first came out.
— The hype is further away. We don’t feel as much pressure to like the book which can result in a negative reaction.
— Since the hype is further away, it’s also easier to pick a book we know is likely to work for us, without pressure.
This isn’t universally true, of course. I often see people read The Windflower for the first time and go WTF. But then, lots of really popular books have serious WTF elements to them, so that’s not surprising. (My failed read, A Knight in Shining Armor being another case in point.)
Anyway, if you’re a person who tends to respond negatively to hyped books, perhaps the key is to wait a while and see what shakes out over time. If the book is truly good, there will still be plenty of people around to discuss it with later.
* I’m not counting Wendy’s mixed reaction to Duke of Shadows because that’s a known bug.