Friday Rants is Mostly YA Lit’s discussion series that starts with a question or idea that’s been brewing in my mind for awhile, and I can’t get rid of. Thus, the rant! Come discuss with me and let’s get some of these issues out in the open!
Next week on the blog, I’m doing a binge read of the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver….
…and I’m scared.
Why am I scared? Mainly because when you start a series that’s been as big and talked about and loved as this one, it’s really hard not to buy into the hype or want to join the many, many bloggers and readers and yes, sometimes, authors, who are gushing. As much as I want to be a completely objective blogger (or as objective as you can be about something that is inherently about personal preference), I can admit right here that it’s very hard for me not to want to love a series that everyone else loves.
I wouldn’t even be reading Delirium if it wasn’t for the hype.
I’m admitting, right here, that I really hate having an unpopular or opposing opinion about a book that’s been hyped. In my non-blogger life, I’m pretty fearless about stating my opinions in constructive ways. But I have to admit that in book blogger, I sometimes feel drawn to that Bookish In-Crowd.
I want to be with the people who are gushing excitedly about this one series, or that one character. I want feel like I have that very special emotional connection that exists with someone else who feels exactly the same way as I do about a book.
Books are art, and art is subjective, and when I love a book, my subjective feelings for it can be overpowering.
|This is how I sometimes feel about books.|
For me, joining the community of book bloggers was, among other things, a way to connect with others who have those feelings about that one book in that one moment. But sometimes, I want that connection so much that it overpowers my objective view of the book.
This is what I call wanting to be in the Bookish In-Crowd, and it happens to me sometimes when books are super-hyped. I’ve been holding off on reading Delirium for a long time because of this – because I wanted to feel like I’m secure in my bookish opinions, and that if I don’t end up in the Bookish In-Crowd, it will be okay.
In the end, this isn’t a fear or admission that’s going to stop me from reading the series. And I like the fact that I’ve been exposed to so many books that I never would have heard of or thought about reading if it hadn’t been for the Bookish In-Crowd. So I will totally commit to doing my best to be objective, especially about Delirium. I know there are bloggers out there who have stood out from the crowd, and who are more fearless than I am about putting their unabashed opinions out there. It’s time for me to join them, and be fearless in not only my positive, but also my negative opinions about books.
Are you drawn in by the Bookish In-Crowd? Do you sometimes have doubts or fears about reading a hyped series? Let me know in the comments!
Delirium Week runs from March 25-29 here on Mostly YA Lit. Come by and watch me binge read/review the entire Lauren Oliver series in one week!