This may come as a shock to you or as nothing out of the ordinary - depending on what you love to do when it comes to reading popular books.
Now, I don't discriminate against popular books because most of the time, they're well-deserving of their hype. I can say that I loved Divergent and that I really enjoyed Paper Towns!
But do I want to review them?
In my opinion, I feel like too many reviews for one book becomes redundant. When it comes to books that I consider popular, I don't feel the urge to review them at all.
I know for a fact that there isn't anything I can say about Divergent or Paper Towns that hasn't be said; every flaw, feelsy moment or quote. This has nothing to do with the actual rating of the book. Both Divergent and Paper Towns are positive ratings but even if they weren't...
I see it as pulling little bits from others' reviews. And this isn't like there are a thousand reviews or anything. Paper Towns has 22k reviews. Obviously, some of them are going to be ramblings that won't give me any info but if you consider the numbers... that's a lot.
I'm not saying that I feel my opinion doesn't matter or that if you want to review a popular book, your opinion won't matter either. However, I [personally] would rather spend my time reviewing a book that doesn't have many reviews so it can get exposure. Also, I'm more likely to read a review of a book like "The Witch Hunter" than "The Hunger Games" because even though I've read both books, I genuinely want to hear discussions on the first book because that's what interests me.
I'm certain it's different for everyone and I would love to know: do you like reviews of popular books?
But what makes a popular book, popular?
I've come to the conclusion that it's different for every book and every person. It isn't like there's a formula.
For me, it's more in terms of popular authors than popular book. Most of the time, a "popular book" to me is one that has a movie. For example, I wouldn't review any of Cassandra Clare's books because when they release, I always see a flood of reviews and I feel like they're doing fine without me. Same about John Green's books.
Then there's the series that have massive fandoms - I consider these series the "Reader Starters" because ALL my friends started reading through books like these: Hunger Games, Twilight, HP, PJO/HOO etc.
However, I wrote up a full review of The Duff even though that has a movie, I felt compelled to write that review. Why? I could say that it's because I received a copy - but I wanted to write that one.
I guess I just feel like no one wants to read a review for a popular book when they could read one for a book that could use a little more exposure. And I know personally, I feel that way because I've read so many reviews and heard so much about those "popular books."