Comparing Books Within Trends
There's something I want to discuss, and it's to do with YA trends.
I don't have a problem with YA trends. Most of the time, I can really get into them. I loved the dystopia trend, I loved the paranormal romance/urban fantasy trend. I love reading all these different books on a similar theme or topic, and discovering new authors this way.
But there is something I have a problem with. When a certain book within a trend is successful, and then every other book in that trend is then compared to that successful one - either by reviewers or by publishers themselves.
When it comes to reviews, I try to steer clear of comparing books to other books in their trend. Sometimes it happens - compareing The Culling by Steven dos Santos to The Hunger Games is an obvious one I've done, for example, but not because The Hunger Games is huge and successful, but because there are certain aspects of the two books that are similar. But on the whole, I try to avoid this and review a book on it's own merits.
It annoys me more, however, when publishers compare books in order to push their new release, or use quotes from reviewers - professional or otherwise - that compare. I am sick to death of reading these words, or similar, on the covers of books:
"Fans of The Fault in Our Stars will love this!" / "For fans of The Fault in Our Stars."
Come on! We had the same thing with Twilight. We still have the same thing with The Hunger Games. It's actually starting to put me off reading those books. Seriously.
I don't mind reading a book about a terminally ill teenager, I quite enjoy them most of the time, in fact. But I don't want to read another The Fault in Our Starts. I actually felt a little let down by The Fault in Our Stars. Comparing other books to that one is not a good thing for me.
Comparing books to the biggest seller within a trend is getting old and boring, and I'm over it. How about let a book shine on it's own?
What do you think of comparing books to big sellers? Do you find it helpful, or annoying?