Today’s Booking Through Thursday question:
I was looking through books yesterday at the shops and saw all the Twilight books, which I know basically nothing about. What I do know is that I’m beginning to feel like I’m the *only* person who knows nothing about them.
Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought the expensive book (Australian book prices are often completely nutty) just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was reading.
Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, etc, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?
It depends. If I’m interested in the book, popularity may cause it to loom larger in my book radar and I’ll read it faster than a different, less popular book. Sometimes I do read books to see what all the fuss is about – namely The Da Vinci Code, which I have to say, I didn’t like very much and I still don’t really get why it became so popular. I’ve read all the Harry Potter books and I’m not ashamed to say that I love them, but I was extremely resistant to hop on that bandwagon in the beginning. I only read the first one because I needed to read a new book for a school assignment and I’d read all my books, so I had to resort to my mom’s collection, and there it was.
I haven’t read the Twilight series. I don’t plan to unless I can find them for extremely cheap. I don’t mind vampires and paranormal stuff, but I do mind irritating heroines and completely unrealistic love, which I’ve heard this book has. The varying reports on the final book didn’t really persuade me that the series was a must read, either.
As a reviewer, I do like to read the books that everyone else is talking about and newer books, so that my reviews are more relevant. That doesn’t stop me from reviewing the books that I’ve had for a while, though, or that no one seems to have read but me. They are just as interesting and if I’m reading them, I might as well tell other people how they are while I’m at it.