Happy Sunday!! I got called out this past week by the Sunday Salon Police for not having posted a Sunday Salon post in a while, so here we are! I’ve actually been good and writing down ideas when they come to me (at least some of the time). It’s just a matter of getting words on screen.
A couple of months ago when I posted about The Night Circus there was a little bit of a discussion in the comments about reading a book before, during, and after the publicity and hype it might be receiving. Thanks to Joy (from Thoughts of Joy) for the post idea.
As book bloggers we choose whether we take part in the bookish buzz or not. Personally I never paid attention to newly published books before I started blogging. And if I’m really honest I’d say I’m still not entirely interested in what’s coming out this fall or this winter or even what’s coming out next week. Whether we choose not to take part in the buzz, it is more difficult to ignore the buzz. Especially on twitter.
I am of several minds when it comes to bookish buzz. They’re very contradictory. Just warning.
1. I like to avoid hearing too much about a book before I read it. I’ve discussed this several times and I’ll reiterate again that the less I know about a book going into it, the more enjoyable I find the experience. For me it is all about the unfolding and peeling back of the layers to get to the juicy unknown inside.
2. I’m sometimes grateful to have read a book before it has gotten too hyped up. Hunger Games is one of those. I was able to read it without knowing what a Hunger Games was and was able to form my absolute own opinion.
3. But then when all of the Hunger Games hysteria was going on, I kind of wished that I was a part of it. Instead I felt like the old lady in the room.
4. I get really annoyed when I accidentally learn too much about a new book. Accidentally = reading too much crap on twitter. Twitter is tough to ignore–it’s easy to see things accidentally (another reason I shouldn’t use twitter as my personal sounding board), but blogs are easier to ignore. I’ll skip your 5 paragraph book summary every single time.
5. When there is so much buzz buzzing about a book, I want to jump on that bandwagon so quickly my shoes might come off in the leap. Since I read at a snail’s pace this rarely happens. And by the time I do get onboard I typically already know too much and the opinions are coming out and they casually sway the way that I feel. And usually not in a good way (ie let down).
6. Thus I try to let a bit of time pass before I read a book that is incredibly hyped. So that the extreme reactions can die down and I can read the book “on my own.”
7. But then you’re on your own and everyone else has read it except you. Everyone.
8. So the solution is to read the books before the hype? And risk feeling like the old lady in the room? Or wait 10 years until no one cares about the book anymore.
I don’t know…but my book club is reading Gone Girl in September and I just don’t think I can wait that long. The buzz is extraordinary. Superduperextraordinary. I fear that someone will let something slip (right now all I know is it’s a book about marriage and it’s all I want to know). Or I fear that it’ll be just “meh” after the superduperextraordinary buzz.
Does any of that make sense? It doesn’t really make sense to me either.
How do you feel about bookish buzz? Ramble away…