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Front Five Friday: Killed By the Buzz

Front Five Friday is a feature in which I rebel against Top Ten Tuesday—'cause really how HARD is it to pick ten—and pick five things of whatever theme I choose. Because I'm the one rocking the Bossypants, yo. 

There are just certain things that get you off your high. It's like these things are holding invisible pins and your balloon of awesome and excitement gets deflated once this happens. At least mine does.

1) When recommending a book...
That awkward moment when someone comments or tweets and says that they don't like the book you just Special Shelfed. I know, OUCH. You've just publicly declared that you will love this book FOREVAH, and somebody goes, "Meh. This book is too cool for me." They don't just have the invisible pin; they have a sledgehammer.

And there's the nagging worry when someone comments and says, "WOW. I LOVE THIS A MILLION BLOATED HEARTZ. I'm gonna go throw down my guap for this book ASAP." YOU loved it, but how do you know they will? How do you know they won't diss the book, or, WORSE, think your credibility is shot. It's the BIGGEST MIND GAME when people leave those comments, let me tell you.

2) When a book you've been pining is choking on all the tomatoes and banana peels...
The Selection by Kiera Cass, anyone? Everybody and Fred was going up and down saying that this book was so not worth the time. Poor little ol' me was so excited for this book. Stalking it on goodreads. Secretly reading through the author's site. I even posted a cover review! I wanted wine, candlelight, the works with this book and peeps just shot down my confidence to below sea levels. I was destroyed.

3) When you think the series is over...
And then, 7.6 years later, they're like, NOPE. Sorry. We've got another 13.5 book deal in the works and nothing you say is going to stop us.


Well you're not Ryan Gosling SO I WANT IT OVER.

4) When there's a misplaced romance...
I LOATHE romances that are just there for the sake of being there. Because teens don't give a hoot so long as it's there somewhere in the book. WRONG. And adults aren't so easily susceptible either. So, FAIL.

I totally feel like the author is patronizing me. Like I can't tell that you scribbled something in really quickly with your trusty felt pen. Ayo, I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

5) When the covers, especially covers you love, in a series get switched...
Best example? The Nightshade series. And look how well that worked out for those books. I haven't even TOUCHED the second one. It looks worse than fried balogna. The cover, I mean. And it ticks me off how they abruptly change it and then WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO IF YOU HAVE OCD ABOUT THAT KIND OF THING? Oh, yeah, AND YOU'RE BROKE. These kinds of things can drive a person mad.
And, sadly, THAT concludes this week's Front Five Friday. I know I said I'd be doing Front Five Favorites in which I posted five favorite upcoming releases, reviews, and such, but I think I'm actually going to break it up some into separate posts. If you have any ideas, let me KNOW IT!

So. What did you think? What things kill your buzz? Let me know down in the comments section. Don't be shy!

10 comments:

@BookwormAsheley said...

This is fabulous! Yes #1 and yes #2 especially. 
I love getting recommendations and I love handing them out. But then I feel the OMG! Fear of giving them out because sometimes people will actually READ what I recommend. UGH, I get butterflies. I really do. 

And people can really kill my own personal buzz with other books. For example, The Selection, like you say. I read it the week that all the "stuff" went down with the agent and goodreads...but I didn't know anything about all of that until literally the second I closed the book. I had been tweeting UP A STORM with keysmashing and OMG!!! and loving that book so hard and talking it up like it was the best thing ever, because I really liked it a lot. Then I tweeted that I finished it and WOWSERS or something like that and got a response that so-and-so wouldn't be reading it if the author was such a nasty person. I was like Wha-wha-what??? and then I felt DEFLATED, just like the popped balloon you talk about. I still gave it a raving review, I just felt stupid. And so it goes...

AnimeJune said...

Aw MAN, I HATE it when a YA book has romance for no reason - and I'm someone who reads and enjoys romance! I mean, if it makes sense in the story to have a romance, I'm all for it - but when the plot is about something completely different (and maybe even a little inappropriate to go looking for romance in it) and they just HAVE to tack on this poorly-written male teen heartthrob character with a sad past so that the heroine can get some - it's insulting.

First off - NOT EVERYONE WILL FIND THEIR SOULMATE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Secondly - BOYS ARE NOT THE BE ALL AND END ALL IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Even my FAVOURITE favourite favourite YA novel (Lauren Myracle's SHINE), which was perfect in ALL OTHER WAYS - well, it had a romance that felt kind of tacked on. It was still good, and the male character was a pretty sweet guy and I'm happy for the heroine, but it was the kind of story where you didn't NEED a romance.

Sarah (saz101) said...

OMG YOUR POINT 5 YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES. I'm TOTALLY OCD about matching covers, and I'm not even talking about cover IMAGE, but format? Fallen and Tormet were punlished over here in whichever format, but then Passion was published a s a trade paperback size. So it's sitting next to my other two copies, and it's 2cm taller than the other two and it makes me SAAAAAAD. And it's NOT because I bought the first two a long time after pub date. I bought them on releas
-___-And for Across The Universe? We got a paperback version of the pretty star cover, then a completelt different one for book 2. And the same thing for Divergent/Insurgent. IT MAKES ME SO CRANKY.

And the change in the Nightshade books? IT JUST MAKES NO SENSE. WHY OH WHY OH WHY O____O

Caroline Taylor078 said...

Do not get me started on the matching covers thing, it is sooooo annoying when series get new designs, my Divergent and Insurgent books look completely different, I have the first 5 Vampire Academy books with the original covers and then the final 1 with a bright red cover, my Pretty Little Liars series covers are all over the place, I try to tell myself its not important, its whats inside that counts so why do I shudder when I look at them!

Heidi said...

Oh, I have so much anger for series that don't end.  Like, for example, the Mortal Instruments series. It was meant to be a trilogy, but then 'oh hey this is really popular so let's just keep it going even though we totally don't need to and milk our fans for all their worth' is kind of how I felt when it kept going past that trilogy. Made me so angry, I doubt I'll ever read past the original trilogy.

Asher Knight said...

Thanks! <33

My eyes get all wide and my breathing shallow. I just get so nervous at the thought that they won't like it and they spent ALL THIS MONEY on a book I LOVED and they hated it. So. Much. Pressure.

Exactly!! Peeps interrupt the buzz with all the drama and shizz. I just wanted to love this book for what it is. And I thought it was so fab. Not perfect, but definitely fun and likable. :DD

Asher Knight said...

 I KNOW. I'm in love with romances in books. Most of the time, I need them. But instead of doing this full-fledged whirlwind romance, why not just add a subtle hint of one? But not something that makes no sense at all. That brings the book to a low that may not be fitting of the rest of the story.

Asher Knight said...

 I HATE WHEN THEY'RE DIFFERENT SIZES. It draws my eye EVERY. TIME. I'm such a stickler for that kind of thing. If I had the money I'd buy both versions of each book in the series so they could all be matching. AND I CAN'T STAND when I have a paperback of one in the series and a hardback of the second. Grrr :K

NIGHTSHADE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. Then they got so plain, boring, and typical.

Asher Knight said...

I HATE THAT. Why did they publish the covers that way in the first place? Don't they know how angry people get? I feel like it's ploy to get us to buy another version of the first books again. WHY DO WE SHUDDER?

Asher Knight said...

CoFA is actually very good, and after reading through Cassandra's reasons, I get why she decided to continue. It doesn't bother me so much because the third one was left open. BUT WHEN IT GOES ON AND ON for no reason? I can't take it!