Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up.
-- Four from the Divergent series
Of course I had to start a post about fear with a quote from one of the fearless, Four, or as most of you know him as Tobias Eaton. I came up with the idea of this post when I was trying to start a new book. We all know what happens the moment just before you want to start a new book; you are apprehensive and scared that you won't like the series. I'm here to tell you the reason why you're most likely being scared and how to not fear. Let's all be fearless like Four (and Tris of course)!
- If you're someone that follows the hype, of course you're going to be nervous about starting a book that is surrounded by it.
A hyped up book refers to it being widely talked and fangirled about before its release. There is so much hype around it that even your parents know about it (okay, maybe not that far but you get the point). When books are hyped up, you automatically get so excited for it and your expectations bar for that certain book greatly increases. Then once you read the book, it might not be as good as it was talked about and then you get disappointed. We all get really scared when we're starting a hyped up book because we're afraid we're not going to like it and that's not going to bode well with the people who did, which is EVERYONE!
To solve this problem is a simple solution, my friends. GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE GUTTER AND OUT OF SOCIAL MEDIA. If it means isolating yourself in the basement with a book and a cup of joe, so be it. So be it!! Take yourself away from the hype and don't read the ARC reviews of the books when they come out. That way none of your judgement is clouded.
- When you're starting a new book that was written by your favorite author, you fear that you're not going to like it and it's going to make you feel differently about the author.
I'll give you guys a good example. Jennifer L Armentrout is my favorite author and I've loved all the books I've read by her.... yes, every single one. Every time I start a new one, however, I'm bothered by this irrational fear that this book will be the first one to drag the title away of 'favorite author'.
I don't have a specific solution to this phobia but you should be confident that you're going to be reading a good book if it's by your favorite author. Honestly, I don't even know why you would doubt it.
- The next book in a series you love has just been released! But, of course, this can't come without stipulations.. You fear that this next installation will not live up to where you want the story to go and worse... THERE MIGHT BE A LOVE TRIANGLE! AHHHHH!!
Oh god, I wish this didn't happen to me on a daily basis but every time I start a new installation for a book series. If it's a series that you love, you can't help but think to yourself and kind of have a vision of where the series is going and you don't want it to go any other way. It's your way or the highway, as they all say!
What I would suggest is seeing some early reviews of the sequel to get a view of what's inside the book. Some people don't prefer this because it might affect their views on the book but I personally don't think it does.
- You're trying to get into a new a genre and you pick up a book from that genre. You fear that you're not going to like it because you've read so little of that genre.
Classic me. I've been trying to get into some genres that I don't read. For example, contemporary and historical fiction (two genres I despise JKJK). When I pick up books from these genres, I get psyched and start freaking out because I'm scared I'm not going to like the book.
Well you won't know if you never try! Trying genres and not enjoying the books you read is half the fun of doing it. That sounded kind of contradictory but what I'm trying to say is that it's okay not to like a book from a certain genre you don't like! People have different preferences.