Social Media in Books

Hello!

My blog has been very inactive and it is because of finals. Finals are the worst thing about the school year. Because I want to get decent grades on my exams, I needed to use all my time for studying. However I will be done on tuesday.

Anyway, I have been having a little conflict with many of the books I have been reading. A while ago, my aunt pointed out that many books she read in her teen years weren’t as good now because the outdated fads present in those books. I used to not notice how fads are present in books but now I feel as if they are everywhere. Personally, I am not a fan of using fads in books.

The main craze that I see authors use in their books is social media. In these past few months, most of the books I read incorporated social media into their stories. I am fine reading about a fake website that the author created but it feels a little weird when certain stories incorporate Twitter into the plot. See how I said “certain”? Not all stories are bad for using Instagram or Twitter. However, some books portray the media platforms oddly. Also, they use texting in awkward ways. For example, I once read a book where the author typed “smiley face emoji”. I would be okay if the emoji was actually present but when the author types “smiley face emoji”, it makes the idea of incorporating emojis completely pointless.

Another major thing is that fads are usually not permanent. In reality, Twitter won’t be people’s main source of media for long. Our society moves through crazes very quickly. When you use fads frequently in your novels, it makes your book feel outdated when the craze has ended. Also, it makes your book hard to relate to when you mention a fad that hasn’t been relevant for many years. For example, I read a story that heavily mentioned Myspace. Even considering this book was young adult and was targeted at the young adult audience, the book did not seem as relatable. I am 16 years old so reading about a social media platform that was only used when I was in middle school has no use for me. I could not relate to something that was not popular when I began social media. The book, no matter how amazing it is, won’t be as good because young adults today never used Myspace.

Overall, I do not enjoy social media references in books because new social media is constantly being creating and it is getting rid of previous media platforms. It is better to create a fake media platform in your book than risking your book will be outdated in a few years because of a fad you wrote about. However, this is just my opinion. I do not need anyone feeling targeted by this post. How do you feel about social media references in books?

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4 thoughts on “Social Media in Books

  1. bookloverbabbles says:

    This is a good discussion post! I agree with you about most of what you said. There are many more benefits of making your own social media site for the book. However, to these platforms you can nevrr relate to. With a real platform, thetr is at least a small chance readers will relate.

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  2. Melissa Montovani (@YABookShelf) says:

    I do understand where you’re coming from to an extent, but I do have a question regarding the book that literally said: smiley face emoji. Were you reading either an ARC or an eBook? If it were an ARC, then likely this wasn’t the final formatting of the book. And if you were reading an eBook, I’m sure that the printed edition would be different. The problem with eBooks is that you don’t have the ability to include images in the correct format for it to read well on the majority of eReaders and because people can select the type of font that they want to read the book in for themselves.

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    • Marissa Nicole says:

      The smiley face emoji was used in a print copy of a book. I know that the book was sent for review but it never said ARC so I am assuming it is a copy that the publishing company is selling.

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  3. HopefulReads says:

    It depends on the book for me! Social media definitely appeals to this present time period but not all books need to be timeless. I loved The Unexpected Everything and it uses a lot of emojis and text message convos. It works for the book though. If it’s done well then it shouldn’t be a problem.

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