HYPED and not Hyped

Hello internet!

This post is inspired by Red Metal over at Extra Life Independent Game Reviews who started a new series called Question for Readers. And wow, I could always use help coming up with content ideas for my website! Let’s face it, without awesome community collaborations like this, LightningEllen’s Release is just me whining about my life, praising Lightning Farron, and babbling about my adventures on Thedas. Anyway, here are my thoughts on the first two questions in Red Metal’s series:

Before I jump into my answers, I would just like to remind everyone that I think hype is subjective. Just because something didn’t live up to its hype for me doesn’t mean it didn’t live up to the hype for another pair of eyes (or many other pairs of eyes). We are all different people with different perspectives on things. Respectful counter opinions should be respected. Disagreeing on silly things is NOT justification to rage an each other like a bunch of rabid trolls, eh? If something I hate makes someone else happy, I can appreciate that. We are all humans with feelings. Forms of entertainment do not have feelings and therefore do not need to be defended in the big freaking flame wars of the internet. Just saying.

Fulfilling the HYPE

-Video Games-

water temple
Ah, the Water Temple. It’s pretty methodical. The biggest annoyance: Equipping and unequipping those damn Iron Boots every 2 minutes.

The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time is a big one. I heard so many of the other kids at school praising this game when it first came out. When Santa finally brought me a copy, I was instantly hooked from the second that annoying fairy woke up poor young Link. The whole journey through that iteration of Hyrule just had something magic about it (it’s hard to describe). To this day, Ocarina of Time is my all-time favourite video game. You can also add Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice and Horizon Zero Dawn to my successful hype list.


the simpsons
I wish I had a Johnny Cash coyote as a Spirit Guide

The Simpsons is by far my most favourite TV show. That sarcastic yellow family has gotten me through some pretty sad times. It’s not hard to find praise for this show anywhere online either. I haven’t seen any of the newer seasons (I think they lost me around 20-ish) but those classic episodes will always be something special. I’d also like to mention the Netflix series Stranger Things. The hype for this show made me watch the first season, despite me being scared of gruesome horror things. I enjoyed it a lot (even if some parts were really horrific) and I’m working up the courage to watch Season 2 soon-ish!


I am not a big movie watcher. The last one I saw in theaters was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That one definitely lived up the hype surrounding it! Jyn Erso was pretty badass, and I loved the whole new plot line to an old movie thing they did. The ending also got me in the feelz for many reasons. I like Star Wars but I still need to see The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. I also still need to watch Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Deadpool, almost every other movie ever made…


Mostly, I love obscure music that hardly anyone has heard of. When I think popular artist that I like, Pink comes to mind. I’ve been listening to her music for as long as I can remember. Yes, a lot of her songs are just catchy melodies for the masses, but some of them have a real message and feelings behind them. She’s also a great role model who encourages her fans, and her daughter, to be true to who they are. My favourite songs by her are: Stupid Girls, Crystal Ball, One Foot Wrong, Sober, Ave Mary A, Timebomb, Please Don’t Leave Me, Are We All We Are, and The Great Escape.


The Hunger Games trilogy was fantastic and a pretty hyped novel series! It didn’t seem like my thing, but on the recommendation of the always awesome Shameful Narcissist, I gave the trilogy a read last year. It’s very dark, lots of sarcastic humor, and I really connected with Katniss. What can I say? I love cranky main characters who only care about protecting their sisters!

Failing the Hype

-Video Games-

It’s bad enough I have to survive the barren Canadian terrain in real life. I don’t really feel like doing it in Hyrule too.

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild disappointed me greatly, but everyone else on the internet hails it as “the best game evar!!!” (which is great for them!). I think I’m a little burnt out on all the open world-ness in games these days. I really wanted a traditional Zelda experience as a break from all that (crawl around big dungeons, conquer the cool dungeon bosses, get cool stuff to progress, beat the final boss at the end of the game, weapons DON’T freaking break, stealth isn’t necessary…). Instead, this was yet another limitless world to wander around aimlessly in. It’s a good game (I will give it another shot this year), but it doesn’t capture that magical Zelda feeling to me. THAT was what fueled my hype. And that was enough to kill my buzz.


Almost all of the modern comedy shows. My kind of humor isn’t all that popular.


Every romance movie ever. Two unrealistic people, who are clearly designed for each other, fall madly in love, overcome some stupid obstacle in the way of their beautiful love, and then they live happily ever after. That whole plot is a big freaking MEH to me.


Almost every popular song ever. Seriously… what is with popular music these days? It’s all about perceived as perfect women shaking their asses and twerking on jerks, dumbasses bragging about all the bitches they slammed while drunk in da clubz… I could go on, but I’ll shut up.


Every romance novel ever. And it’s not just 50 Shades of Awful. Ugh. Even outside of the official romance genre, it’s so hard for me to find a good story that doesn’t shoehorn in some unnecessary romance (in my opinion), annoying love triangle (my biggest gripe with The Hunger Games trilogy), or graphic sexy time scene. I get that A LOT of people enjoy that sexy relationship stuff, but it’s not my thing at all (and I know I’m weird for not liking it). There have been a few rare cases where I do care about the relationship in a story, but for the most part, if a romantic relationship is the focus of the story, I’m not interested. BUT power to those who enjoy it! I’m really glad you found something that makes you happy.

There you have it! Do you agree with me, disagree with me, or hate me even more now? Feel free to RESPECTFULLY vent about it in the comment section thingy below! Civil discussions on things are always fun. πŸ™‚

Wannabe Writer’s Notes:
– For more information on hype, I suggest you check out AmbiGaming’s expert analysis on hype. Quite a fascinating read!

⚑Thanks for reading!⚑

26 thoughts on “HYPED and not Hyped

  1. I agree with you on some thing about this “HYPE” train people are always riding. So here’s my two cents:

    Video games: LOZ: BOTW

    I wasn’t too hyped about this game either when it came out. I bought my switch with super mario(bundle edition) so I waited quite a while to play it. I finished Super Mario first before I played BOTW, and I was actually pretty happy when I played it. Like you said earlier, it’s subjective. Since you’re used to playing open-world games more often this didn’t feel fresh to you, and it’s sort of the exact opposite for me. I’m used to the linear/somewhat linear games(if that makes any sense at all lol) so playing BOTW was refreshing for me. Granted I do have the latest ghost recon which is also open world but I didn’t play it much because school and work got in the way and I just didn’t care to go back to it. Playing BOTW is different because I can take that with me anywhere I go and play it…for 2hrs XD


    Rogue 1 was a good movie, I saw it in theaters with my brother and my dad and we both walked away happy after seeing it. Seeing Darth Vader in that badass scene was simply amazing and showed just how powerful he truly was.

    I’m kinda old school, so 80s, 90s and early 2000s rap/ hip-hop, reggae and rnb is more my thing. Plus some rock n roll, from at least the 60s to late 80s. I do listen to some of the new stuff now but that’s when I just wanna not think about lyrics and listen to the music. Also I’ve had a friend’s album in my rotation since he’s more of a rapper with substance. If you’re interested check out “Along The Way” by Francis Fly in itunes or where ever you can get it lol. Also, the black panther sound track is pretty dope!

    I’m more of a comic book/graphic novel kind of guy but once in awhile I’ll read something based on history or an autobiography about someone that has that underdog story. Just feels motivational to me, sort of inspires me to be better…ya know?

    I didn’t mean to write a whole essay lmao but there you have it! I’m a fan of your content and I always try to read your stuff whenever I have some downtime from school and work. A good read as always, keep it up!

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    1. Thanks for the support and awesome comment! I’m always on the look out for cool new music so I’ll see if I can get Along the Way by Francis Fly somewhere! Rap with heart is the best rap. And I will definitely give the Black Panther soundtrack a listen!

      I just started getting into graphic novels. I think Saga was the last one I read. It was pretty good!


  2. I’m glad my questions inspired you to write an entire post!

    Ocarina of Time is certainly one of those games where the hype is only a slight exaggeration; it really is just that good and stands as one of the best games of the nineties. It’s not quite my favorite game of all time, but it is a classic that elevated the medium to a new level.

    The Simpsons is my favorite animated show as well. I’ve even made references to it in my reviews. The one in Call of Duty: Ghosts was one of those things that struck me just as I was about to post it.

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a good film that succeeded in adding a lot of context to the one that started it all.

    I actually really liked Breath of the Wild, but part of that may be explained by me having not played an open-world game for a while. At some point in the mid-2010s, they really flooded the market, but even after playing games such as Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Breath of the Wild still seemed like a fresh take on the concept despite retaining a lot of features that are frequent targets for criticism (i.e. radio towers).

    Along the lines of you not finding modern comedy shows funny, I feel modern satirical works leave a lot to be desired. I find the problem they have is that they tend to hide behind the satire banner as a defense for writing wildly unrealistic premises (among other problems).

    Yeah, popular music really leaves a lot to be desired as well. It’s not to say there aren’t any talented bands out there these days, but a significant chunk of it seems to stem from the independent scene.

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    1. Thanks for asking the questions!

      I always love it when I see Simpsons references in people’s work πŸ˜€

      I’m hoping Breath of the Wild will be better for me when I give another shot later this year.

      You are correct with the modern comedy assessment!

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  3. I’m always wary of getting caught up in hype, but I know I do πŸ™‚ I’m hoping the Final Fantasy VII remake (when it’s eventually released!) lives up to the hype, but we’ll see!
    I agree about romance novels. (Especially love triangles. Ugh.)
    I prefer romantic couples to have things in common and really get each other, but that’s sadly hard to find so I end up hating a lot of couples and rolling my eyes at romance in general!

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    1. It’s hard not to get caught up in the hype, haha. I can’t wait to see how the FFVII remake turns out!

      Yep! I do A LOT of eye rolling at most of the romances I see in stories… Glad I’m not the only one!

      Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

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  4. I really liked reading the Hunger Games trilogy, I thought the books were great but the movies got so much hype and they were nowhere near as good as the books in my opinion. There was so much cool stuff they missed out on in the movies. I was also not a fan of the love triangle, it’s in every YA novel at the moment, the hero girl, the ‘good’ guy and the ‘bad, but I can change him!’ guy. It puts me off reading some books now even though I know I’ll like the overall story. I’m just sick of the triangle.

    I never played Ocarina of Time when it was first out but I got the remake on 3DS and really enjoyed it. Wouldn’t have said it was my favourite Zelda game ever but that’s probably because others have more nostalgic value for me, it’s up there though!

    Great post!

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    1. I couldn’t believe Hunger Games was classified as YA, haha. I’m staying far away from the movies… I can’t describe how annoying I find the triangle… sigh.

      Yep! OoT has huge nostalgia feelz for me, haha.

      Thank you for dropping by!


  5. Cool post! πŸ˜€ It was fun reading your answers. And yay, Stranger Things! I love that show, and I can’t wait to find out what you think of it once you’ve watched it. πŸ™‚
    Ugh, yeah, I’m not a fan of romance novels, either. πŸ˜› There are just so many more epic things to read about, not to mention how “meh” most of the romances seem.

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  6. Haha! Love the “Failed the Hype” part! BTW…TY for the shout out on your side bar. Also, in case I’m such a slow visitor, I just want you to know I chose Ezio Aucitore da Firenze …… Snake (esp. with the eye patch) wasn’t there,so Ezio will do!! πŸ˜€

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  7. Even back in the day, Expectations for Ocarina of Time was huge, but it definitely lived up to it. I think I played the game through like six times straight after I first got it before I started picking up other games.

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  8. I just have to point out that Pink was mentioned as living up to the hype, and pink is just one of those colors πŸ˜‰ Also in the same vein, I’m glad that pink has been given a bad ass reboot, because of all of the colors that once annoys me the most. It’s so stereotypically girly that people think you HAVE to like it if you’re female, and I’m just grrrr, but when there are characters who break that mold, but still rock the color, well I have to give props. Addendum: I also look really cute in the color, but NO ONE CAN KNOW THAT.

    Omg, I need to talk to you about Stranger Things Season 1 now, because there are some serious comparative things that I noticed, and it continues in Season 2. I’m sure the Duffer Bros are Final Fantasy VII fans, though I only have speculative evidence.

    I agreed with all of your hype stuff and can’t disagree with your non-hype stuff just because I haven’t played BOTW, and it IS all subjective. I try to weed through some of the modern pop music, because some of it’s really good for jogging and dance aerobics, but I also got used to it because I used to go to a class for the same. I detest YA novels that HAVE to shoehorn in a romance, and I think Collins (the author of Hunger Games) was probably forced to do that because YA HAS to have a romance, ugh. It’s annoying, because not every single teenager has an interest in a relationship, and frankly, if it’s not organic to the situation, it just seems tacked on. I was okay with the ending of HG, but I never felt really invested in either one of Katniss’s choices, because it wasn’t about that.

    Just remember: the Hype Train has no brakes!

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    1. Yup! Pink has recently moved up to my prestigious 3rd favourite colour, haha. And, ugh.. don’t get me started on gender-izing colours, I think everyone should embrace whatever colour they think looks cool πŸ˜€ I have no doubts you rock the colour pink. Your secret is safe with me though!

      Interesting… we’ll have to chat when I finally watch Stranger Things Season 2!

      For reasons, I’ve never had an interest in romance, even as a teenager. It’s stupid that it has to be a requirement… just sigh.

      I’ll say Rocket Launchers help stop trains… (we really need to talk if you play FFXIII someday, haha)

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      1. My first favorite will always be blue, because I have to be boring in some areas lol. To wear it’s black and silver, because, uh, REASONS o.O

        Oh it’s definitely in Season 1, too. I’ll shoot you a DM on Twitter when I get a moment. Actually…you should be safe to read my Stranger Things – Not Really a Review, because I wrote it long before Season 2.

        People who have no interest in romance exist, and it should really be taken into account. I don’t get why it’s the ONLY standard like not every teenager cares about that kind of thing.


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