Often, I find a lot of my 5 star reads to be books that most people haven't heard of before or ones that people don't pay attention to often.
Do overhyped books live up to their hype?
Some books live up to the hype but then there are some that don't. I hate the feeling of having high expectations for a book. I think because a book is promoted so much and everyone gives it 5 stars, I feel guilty if I don't like the book. Sometimes I don't connect with the characters or I don't enjoy the writing style. And that's okay. I don't like to be the black sheep when it comes to not liking a hyped up book but I am not going to pretend I like something I don't like. Sure there are some overhyped books that I adore like the Divergent series. However, when I first read Divergent, I was genuinely interested in reading it because I enjoy reading dystopian fiction and I read it when it first came out.
I never bought into the Twilight hype and thank goodness. I once tried to read the first book and stopped pretty soon after because it was definitely not a book for me. I still wonder to this day why so many people rave about it.
Are overhyped books the best written books?
Usually overhyped books are not the best written novels. Many of them are actually mediocre. Lately I have been borrowing hyped up titles from friends or from the library before purchasing a copy. I cannot afford to buy all these books and then find out that the books are disappointing or not living up to the hype. If the hyped up book is by a favorite author, that's a different story.
What overhyped book is my favorite?
For me the Harry Potter series has meaning in my life. I connected with the characters and I pretty much live and breathe Harry Potter ever day. I have been actively following the fandom for over 14 years. The Harry Potter series has a continuously growing fandom and the books are becoming classics. For some, it may be an over-yped series but for me the series has shaped who I am today.
What books do you think are overhyped? Are there any overhyped books that you enjoy reading?