In the bookish world, I am continually late to the party. I pick up releases weeks, months, (generally) years after everyone else has already been talking about them and loving them. But is that always a bad thing?
GOOD – you can binge read basically the entire series
THIS IS SO AWESOME! You don’t have to wait for all of the books to come out (or many of them, at least) so you can binge read to your heart’s content. How long do you have to wait to see what happens after that cliffhanger? As long as it takes you to get to your bookshelf, my friend!
BAD – spoilers
When you’re late to the bookish party, there is always a (big) potential that you will be spoiled. Horrendously. Like, “this main character dies in book 4” type of spoilers. Ugh. AND, adding on from this, some people will happily talk spoilers about books 1 or 2 for example if book 6 is coming out soon, so they can be hard to avoid.
GOOD – there’s already an established fan base
You have somewhere to join straight away, people who will immediately understand! AND if you’re in a fandom like Harry Potter, Throne of Glass or The Hunger Games, there is so much fan merch, fanfiction and fan everything out there already for you to enjoy.
BAD – people may have moved on
This SUCKS when you finally manage to get around to that awesome new series everyone has been talking about to find out that actually that was (apparently) last week’s series and haven’t you read this new series yet?! *sigh*
GOOD – you finally get why people are talking about this!
You’ve heard of this series, you’ve waited to read it and why didn’t you read this 10 years earlier?! (I totally get this point because it happens to me all the time.)
So, what do you think? Is it good or bad to be late to the party? Which do you prefer?
Personally, I like being in the party at the time of the party because the afterparty may never match up. ON THE OTHER HAND, the party a week later can also be awesome. To be honest, it depends if I’ve caught up with the bookish world in time!
If you’ll excuse me, I have about 20 releases I need to go and read. 🙂