"What do you think of books that receive a lot of hype? (think of the “Twilight” saga, or “Harry Potter”, or “The Da Vinci Code”). Do you read them? Why, or why not?"I generally tend to shy away from books that are overly hyped. The main reason is because I'm afraid that I will be disappointed in the book. This has happened more than once. Fortunately, I've given hyped-up books a chance and been pleasantly surprised, as well. I read Water for Elephants amidst all of it's hyped glory and now count it as one of my all-time favorite books. And I am 2/3 of the way through The Millenium series and thoroughly enjoying that one also.
Finally, since it was specified in the question, I LOVE the Harry Potter series. And I am indeed guilty of telling people that haven't read them how very great they are. However, I started reading the books before there was hysteria around any and every thing Harry. If I had come into the Harry Potter books once they were (seemingly) the only books people were speaking of - I may have been reluctant to pick them up. Oh, how glad I am that this was not the case.