I've been looking around for good books, and lately all I've heard is, "Have you read the Hunger Games? What about the Twilight or Harry Potter series?" And, while these books are good and have familiar plots we love, are they actually as good as we think they are?
For instance, before Hunger Games was popular, I refused to read it. My friend recommended it to me, saying it was an amazing book with a unique and fascinating plot. However, I was repulsed by the idea that fancy people with accents were killing children in a game that was televised, and that there was a very, very good chance that the main characters would all die. However, after it became "the next Twilight", I decided I had to read it. And I found out it was amazing and absolutely thrilling. But if that book had never become popular, I would have never read it. In fact, many people read the book probably for the very reason that every single one of their friends was pressuring them into looking at the first paragraph.
And then, there was of course the fact that the Hunger Games is now a movie, making it insanely popular. All you have to do is sit down for two hours and then you can say, "Oh yeah, I know all about the Hunger Games!".
Now, I'm not saying I don't like Suzanne Collins, because I am totally obsessed with the Hunger Games and have read all the books and I'm counting down the days until the second movie comes out (410 days, by the way). But, it's really popularity that makes you want to read a book in most cases. And even if it's an amazing book, if the author hasn't told a couple thousand people, you probably won't hear about it.
I suggest that, to read more varied books, ask for recommendations from friends, teachers, family, and anyone who loves to read. I ask my librarian often, because librarians can always find you an amazing book in a few minutes that you will enjoy!
So, I hope you'll be telling me what books you have read that should be popular but aren't. Trust me, if you think about it, there are a lot of them! :)
What's your choice? Tell me below in your comment!