When hype kills a book
|My tower of expectations|
Now one might make an argument for personal preference and say that both the book and the character just weren't for me but I honestly believe that if I had picked up this book knowing nothing about it, I would have been pleasantly surprised. Maybe I wouldn't have loved the book, but I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more because I wouldn't have been waiting impatiently for that great thing to happen that would knock my socks off.
Just so we're on the same page, this isn't something that's uncommon with me. I get this way about movies and TV shows, too. Back when The Dark Knight hit the theaters, everyone (EVERYONE) kept telling me that I would absolutely LOVE the movie and they couldn't wait to see my reaction. The movie was so built up in my head before I ever watched it that I was completely disappointed when I wasn't in orgasmic movie heaven withing the first minute or two. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I've never managed to watch that entire movie because of this. (although now that I'm talking about it I'm tempted to give it another try)
On the opposite side of the coin, I had some fears when I was getting ready to read Paris' book in the Lords of the Underworld series. His story was so tragic and the buildup had already spanned so many books that I worried that he wouldn't get the story I thought he deserved. I'm very, very pleased to say that my fears were unfounded in this case because Paris' book was everything I needed it to be and more. Gena Showalter took his story and wrote the shit out of it and I loved every minute of it. Don't you love it when authors do that?
So, tell me your dirty secrets - What book did you find lacking (that you might have otherwise enjoyed) because the hype around it left you expecting the moon and the stars? Alternately, what book did you end up loving because you had no expectations?
Not to set any expectations but if you spill your secrets, I'll spill mine.