To break up the monotony of book reviews, let’s try a 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?”
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that “everyone else” was reading… I’ve certainly taken recommendations from friends, but not from “everyone.” I started reading Harry Potter after my grandmother gave the first three books to my brother, but I’d never heard of the series before that.
And the Twilight series… I still don’t know much about it. No one I know reads them, and from what I hear they’re super over-hyped. Maybe someday I’ll read them, but not today.
There are also all those really big names out there, like The Lovely Bones or The Kite Runner or The Da Vinci Code, that I refuse to read until the hype dies down. I’m not the type that has to read all the popular books, and I don’t want to be mistaken for that type, either.