I don’t think I’ve ever read a modern book purely because of the hype. I’ve avoided some almost exclusively because of the hype (Twilight, 50 shades etc) only to hear people talking about it in hindsight and saying that once they’ve got passed the hype and hysteria, the writing is average at best – let’s face it, we’re a bit snobby about out books!
However, I have brought books like Wolf Hall, which has had a certain level of hype after winning so many awards. However, I have yet to read any book in the series – I’ not in a rush to read it, but I brought it because I have read quite a few books in the same vein and would like to see if it stands up to the awards.
I know people who rave about the classic Wuthering Heights. Me? I dont see what all the fuss is about. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have read it – even more times starting and failing to complete – and still think it is a much overrated book, and certainly doesn’t stand up to all the hype (or is it reverence?) that the book still garners today.
What are your thoughts/reactions to a hyped-up book?