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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Discussion: The Feeling After Reading A Hyped Book

I've been on a bit of a reading kick lately, at least by my standards. That means I've finally been able to get around to some books I've been hearing a lot about or wanting to read for a while now. And I noticed a feeling I'd get whenever I'd finished a book that had been particularly hyped to me.

I don't know--I might be the only one who feels this way. And it's kind of hard to explain. It's more complicated than a sense of disappointment or pleasure. The feeling is kind of a combination of, "Huh, so that's what everyone has been talking about" and "I finally read it" and "these characters and this story are real to me now."

It's almost like meeting a celebrity that I've been fawning over. I had these preconceived notions of what the book would be like, and now that I've read it, it has become something beyond what I could imagine. Sometimes it's a little disappointing. Sometimes it totally surpasses all the hopes I had. Sometimes I really don't know what to think, but at the end of the novel, I have genuine feelings about the book.

That's not to say that I don't like hype. I think it can be overwhelming and I think it can be dangerous for book lovers' wallets, but I appreciate it for what it is: people shouting their love for a book. But every time I finish a hyped book, I just feel strange.

This discussion post is a bit short, but I guess the whole point is to figure out if anyone out there knows what I'm talking about or experiences the same thing? I know everyone has different feelings on hyped books, but what about the feeling after hyped books? Let's chat! Also, let me know which hyped books you've read recently and what you thought of them!! 

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