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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Musing Monday (June 28)

What do you think of books that receive a lot of hype? (think of the “Twilight” saga, or “Harry Potter”, or “The Da Vinci Code”). Do you read them? Why, or why not?
I would really like to say no but the best, and most honest, answer I can give is sometimes. I think it depends on the book, the writing and why there is so much hype to begin with.
I like Twilight. I mean, the writing is borderline terrible but Stephenie Meyer created one heck of a gem when she created Edward (and Jasper). I do think that most of the fan fiction is much better both in the characterization and the writing.
I also liked Harry Potter. It was my first foray into YA and I could not put the books down…until the 7th book where she killed Snape.
HATE is not even strong enough of a word for how I feel about The Da Vinci Code. I read a few pages then had to pick up Pride and Prejudice to clean my brain. It was terrible. That book is the perfect example on people picking up on the hype and controversy and running with it.

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  1. This is a great question and I agree the answer for me is sometimes. But the more times I do go with the hype, such as The Da Vinci Code, (which turned out to be very very ordinary indeed)and I am disappointed I think no more. So if one more person says to me I have GOT to read Eat Pray Love, I might scream.

    I did really enjoy The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini however and this was well hyped up too. So I guess it is a case of buyer beware, or at least beware of hype.

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  2. I'm sorry to say that I'm not going to bother myself reading the Twilight series. I'm really not much into vampire stories and the first movie made me cringe at the thought of reading the books.

    But I like Harry Potter. It was the hype I gladly took and enjoyed.

    Here is my take on this: http://cometellmewhatyouread.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/musing-mondays-june-28/

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  3. I agree with The DaVinci Code. Harry Potter opened my world of YA fiction, and I'm still in love with the books. I also read the Twilight Saga, but I read them before the movies, and all the hype. As for the movies, I don't really want to watch them. I guess, I normally do read books with a lot of hype.

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  4. I love that image of having to clean your brain from Da Vinci...true and funny.

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  5. I agree with what you said, Grace...I think many "hyped" writers are really not that good, but they've somehow stumbled upon something that appeals to the masses. Okay, that sounds bad, I know, but lately the vampire thing is big, so Meyer found a place for herself.

    If I might eventually read any of these books, it would probably be the Harry Potter ones. I've heard they're actually better than the movies (which I thought were just okay).

    Here's my musing:

    http://meditationsbylaurelrain.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/monday-musings/

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  7. I usually read them when resistance becomes impossible, people keep talking about those books and then movies are made so I give in.
    I only read the first Twilight and I deeply disliked it, I fell in love with Harry Potter, recently I bought and read the whole millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson (masterpiece).

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  8. So many people have told me that I simply must read Eat Pray Love that it makes me want to avoid the book altogether. These are the same people who made me read The Da Vinci Code and read James Patterson books religiously. Not exactly the best people to listen to when it comes to reading material.

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  9. I didn't really mind Twilight at all. It's a good series for when your brain is in shutdown mode. But then again, if you are not into vampires, it's probably a good bet you will want to claw your eyes out but the middle of the first book. Although the problem with that series is not the vampires at all, it's Bella.

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  10. HATE is not a strong enough word for how I feel about The Shack. I didn't want to read it, but my sister asked me to b/c it changed her life. It changed mine as well. I haven't felt the need to tell people not to read something in a long time. I hated the premise of the book, and I hated its execution. Also, I was at the Masonic Temple in Phila. for a tour, and our director said that there were so many things wrong with the Da Vinci Code (the movie) that he laughed it off. What he couldn't get past was Tom Hanks' hair! LOL

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  11. It's a great visual, isn't it? But so true. I almost felt the muck clogging up my brain after I was finished reading that dreadful book.

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  12. The movies weren't that bad if you can get past the semi-bad acting. The music is great and the scenery is even better. But I gather that is not why you should really watch a movie lol.

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  13. A few others that were really great that I totally forgot about while I was writing this post was the Hunger Games trilogy, The Lovely Bones and The Time Traveler's Wife. They were all amazing.

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