Bandwagon Fans

Hi readers! Today, I wanted to talk about one of my pet peeves, and that is bandwagon fans.

I’m not talking about book fans who are a bit late in getting around to reading a book…. I am talking about those people you know outside of the book community. The ones that hate reading, or maybe they do like reading, but they frown upon YA books (I have a few of these in my life). Each to their own.

What annoys me about it though, is that there are people in my life that I have talked to about books I’ve been REALLY excited about. You know when you finish a book, and you just want to share how great it is? The people I am referring to are the same ones that poo poo’ed anything I had to say about how amazing The Hunger Games series was (or really any book for that matter, but this is the best example I can think of!).

And then something happens to change that…. they are in the movie theatre and they see a preview for The Hunger Games, and then they ask me all about it and suddenly want in on the action because they can see how big this release is going to be. In some cases, I offered to loan my copy of the books to these people before the movie was out, and recommended they read it and got told “Oh no, it doesn’t sound like something I would read.” And then after seeing the preview of The Hunger Games, raced out to Dymocks and bought the whole frigging set of them!! $#@*&*(@!

Are you with me on this, or am I being really petty? Nothing frustrates me more than this! They read the books and then hype on about how amazing they are, and then go and see the movie and act like we’re on the same level. It kills me.

And 2013… I can tell, whilst it’s going to be an amazing year for books and film, is also going to take my frustrations to a whole new place… so many movies coming out based on books, and many of them based specifically on YA books. I make no secret to people I meet that I run a YA blog. Some people love that, and visit, and others clearly aren’t interested. It’s the people that clearly don’t care about the books that get to me. If you love reading, and you love books, then you’ll never hear me say a bad word about you jumping in on a fandom (at ANY point). But please don’t hate on books and then pick one up and start raving to everyone about how you’re so nerdy because you read a book. I will want to slap you.

Where I am going with this, is that in 2013 we’re going to see some amazing film based on books and I can’t contain my excitement! Released this year is:

Warm Bodies (Based on the book of the same title by Isaac Marion)
Beautiful Creatures ((Based on the book of the same title by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl)
Oz: The Great & Powerful (Based on the Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum)
The Host ((Based on the book of the same title by Stephanie Meyer)
World War Z (Based on the book of the same title by Max Brooks)
City Of Bones (Based on the book of the same title by Cassandra Clare)
Catching Fire (Based on the book of the same title by Suzanne Collins)

I am already fangirling now about many of these and have seen trailers for Warm Bodies, Beautiful Creatures, Oz: The Great & Powerful (This took my breathe away!) and City of Bones. They look AMAZING!!! If my bookish friends ask me, I’d be happy to talk movies and books, and loan them copies.

For the others… well, I will just try and bite my tongue and do my best to not say “I told you so.”

What do you think?

  • Jaz says:


    This happened with me and Twilight (I mean I hate it now but back in the day…)

    I’ll also own up to the fact that I put off The Hunger Games for ages but I DID read it before it was becoming a movie because it took me ages to find it haha. And my hesitation was due to me and dystopians not clicking.

    This actually happened to me with music. I’ve been listening to Korean pop since 2006 and people used to look down at me for listening to it. They wouldn’t even try it out and instantly said “I’ll never listen to that trash it’s not real music.” And then in 2012 they all started becoming obsessed with K-pop and started asking me for recommendations.

    Seriously these people…

    • Melissa says:

      Granted, I think there’s always lots of books that us readers put off because we have more pressing books to read. But I like to read the book before I watch the movie.

      Books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower I’ve still not read, but I will be reading soon, and I guess in my mind I feel this is okay, because it’s always been something I’ve been wanting to ‘get around to’ as opposed to people who just diss YA books in general and THEN come around to them after the movie is out you know?

      You’re totally right, it happens everywhere… music, film, books, just about anything in life. But I felt the need to get that off my chest!

  • Ella says:

    I’m with you 100%
    I read the Hunger Games way before the movie came out. I waited for Catching Fire and Mockingjay to come out. My friend and I heard a rumor that they were going to turn the book into a movie in 2011 and we freaked out.
    I moved to a new school and nobody there had ever HEARD of the Hunger Games. Then a month after the trailer came out what do you know, the entire art class is talking about the Hunger Games. All the girls are fawning over Peeta and Gale. They’re talking about how much they “love” the hunger games, but most of them haven’t even read the books! After seeing the movie one of them had the nerve to say that the movie was better than the book!

    I hate bandwagoners!

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