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?
The poster of this question is not alone. I know very little about the Twilight series other than they are very popular and have a following of foam-at-the-mouth rabid fans. So many of my book friends have read and reviewed them. Now the movie trailer is everywhere. I do feel a bit of pressure to read them. Not from anyone else, mind you, but from myself. What am I missing here? Anything? Maybe if I was younger I might be more susceptible to it. I remember reading Austen for the first time because there was the whole Austen craze in the 1990s when I was a young'un. Remember Gwyneth as Emma? That was a great example of peer pressure though. I fell in love with Austen.
I have not read one single Harry Potter book. Not a one. Put down the torches please. Some how I've managed to not read the books that are almost as popular as the Bible. I'm just not that into teenaged wizards. I've seen the movies and I still don't feel compelled to read them. Maybe someday. And that's how I feel about the Twilight series. It's not really on my radar at the moment. Maybe someday.
That's not to say I don't sometimes fall for it. Since blogging I've read Gaiman and Colleen Gleason entirely because of other bloggers who've read them. I'd never heard of either before. I'm not disappointed that I did either. I've had a good time reading their books. I also had no idea what a Poppet was before blogging either. Now I have two.
I guess marketing is hit or miss with me. Maybe it's the huge hype that turns me off.