- The first is that people are dumb and they just follow the herd. Someone tells them that this book is really good, so they think that they must also like it...because if they didn't like it, they must be missing something because everyone else likes it. This is also my justification for the popularity of Dan Brown'd The DaVinci Code.
- My second hypothesis, involves people who don't read much. If you are a non-reader and are assigned this book in high school or college, I could see how this would be one of the first books that you liked. The characters speak and think closer to younger people than in most books and the story is not too complicated. I could see this being the first book that some people could relate to.
All in all, I just don't see the hype. I can't imagine this book influencing anyone to shoot someone else. It just was not that powerful to me. I was disappointed by the hype...it may be an OK book in all actuality, but I don't think it can ever be a great book in my mind. It is just not for me.