BTT for 9/4

I found this week's question kinda cool.

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 would say yes and no. With Twilight specifically, i did buy the book both to see what all the fuss was about and because my little sister (14) was ecstatic about it. as she hadn't really done much reading for pleasure before the last year or so i am curious about the book that got her going. I think, though, that if it hadn't looked at least vaguely interesting I wouldn't have picked it up.

I get a lot of non-fic recommendations from The Daily Show, as they frequently have science or progressive authors. Whether some of these are popular otherwise I am not sure. I see some of the same books on sites like Alternet or, either as reviews or ads. Some i read because i want to be up on the latest issues. so i guess that is kind of a peer pressure.

I definitely read The Road because of the ridiculous raving over it. I thought it was ok at best, so following the crowd was a bit of a bust for me. I picked up Colleen Gleason's series due to book blogger excitement; the first was fine and i haven't read the remaining. I am working on the 1001 List, which i guess is kind of an ultimate pressure to read situation. but i am working lazily at it and wander all over anyway.

I'm blanking on anything else right now. Harry Potter i got in on pretty early; I started reading Anne Rice and Stephen King in the 80's, basically as soon as my understanding got to their level. I knew they were bestsellers but not about the hype. I've actually avoided some of the raved about books i feel are just trash, like the Sparks/Albom works i ranted about on a yahoogroup. I did read The DaVinci Code because it was everywhere but i hated it. Does the fact i felt superior for not liking it count against me?

Currently: Drinking Yazoo Hefe and watching the only college football game i can find: Navy vs Ball St.


  1. I think the pressure to read or not to read things, especially with the advent of book blogs, is a very real thing we all experience. There are several books, including the Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter books that I haven't read as much because of the hype as for any other reason. It may be a ridiculous reason 'not' to read books but that kind of personal pressure is every bit as strong as pressure I've felt in the past to actually read certain books. In the end a lot of it comes down to what one's final experience is with the book. Certainly if one ends up loving the book then the pressure was good. More often than not though I think it is better when outside influences "excite" me about a book rather than make me feel pressured to be a part of the crowd.


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