Friday, 29 September 2017

Chuckles Chat #36 Book Snobbery

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This week I'm looking at Book Snobbery and it is a subject that really gets my blood up. 

A good few years back on Bookcrossing.com, there was a discussion thread about favourite comfort reads and one woman (lets call her Sarah) said she loved weekends as she got stuck into a pile of Harlequin romances, which relaxed her after a tough week at work. The next thing you know, this woman replied (lets call her Pam) and indicated that Sarah obviously wasn't very intelligent if she read 'fluff' like that instead of the classics like Pam did. Oh I was mad as hell at that! OK I don't like romance personally but what the heck gives Pam the right to dictate what Sarah should and shouldn't be reading? What gives her the right to insult Sarah's intelligence just because she likes romance? I was proper mad and gave Pam a serving for it but Sarah was really upset and I bet it ruined her enjoyment of the whole site.

I hate book snobbery! If Pam loves all the classics, then great, good for her and she should go on enjoying them. But she shouldn't look down on others for their reading choices just because she doesn't like those genres. Likewise Sarah has the right to kick back and enjoy the books that she loves without being 'shamed' in some way for it. Why do people behave like that? Reading is about fun and entertainment, and all of us are entertained by different things. I love zombies but I'd never sneer at anyone who avoids that genre because that it their choice! There is no point in reading things you don't enjoy just to appease other people or because you think you should! 

I want to enjoy my reading and I hate it when others have a go at me for it. Now I do have a bit of banter with the lovely Dragonfly over my love of zombies which she hates but that is all in fun and it provides a good laugh. *waves* It's banter and that is ok! Sadly others do not make their comments in fun and talk to me in disbelief about me liking the genre. I love zombie and apocalypse books because they are exciting, tense and entertaining but quite a few people have told me I should 'branch out and stop reading that rubbish.' I find that insulting! Why should I read to please others? Well, I won't! I don't tell others what to read so they shouldn't be that rude. People like that don't stay my friend for long! 

I've always had people being critical of me liking horror as well. I even got told by a Christian woman that I was going to Hell for reading Stephen King. I gave her a piece of my mind for sure and she came grovelling back to say sorry. What is it with these people??? Why can't we just respect each other's choices in reading? Why do some people get so angry about others liking or disliking other genres? It's mad! Why does some angry woman in the US give a crap that one person in Scotland DNFed her favourite book? (Catch 22) I'm not losing any sleep over her not liking Harry Potter and I'm not running over to her reviews to moan and whine about it! I have had problems on Goodreads before over certain things. One guy didn't like that I gave a 5 star review to a book he didn't enjoy and started having a go at me for all the editing mistakes in the book! How is that my fault??? Go moan at the author if it bugs you so bloody much! He even accused me of being related to the author and giving 5 stars to family! What a nut job and didn't get why I was mad at him! 

Do you get people moaning at you for the genres you read? How do you deal with book snobs?

10 comments:

  1. Man, you summed this up quite nicely. Who cares what people read? We shouldn't be judging people. I think it's sad kids don't read more now a days and personally think anyone reading anything is a positive. I love horror and mystery and all kinds of genres. I can't say I've ever felt judged and thank heavens I've never had similar experiences to what you went through or I would have gave them a tongue lashing as well. My grandmother, who I loved dearly, also told my Dad that I was doomed for hell because I read Stephen King as a child and listened to rock music. My Dad explained to here to her that I made good grades and didn't get into trouble so he didn't care what I read or listened to! Go Dad! I never held it against her but I did wonder what I was doing that was so wrong in her eyes.

    I love seeing what you are reading and think it's awesome that I have so many unique blogger friends to visit - I get tired of seeing the same old books all the time so I definitely know the blogs where that won't happen :)

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    1. More kids need to read-I learned so much through my childhood reading and had lots of great adventures! It inspired me to read more! Kids these days are missing out on so much just playing with their phones all the time. Your family sound like mine...I was always encouraged to read and learn by my parents and there were always lots of books around the house. Not much has changed then! *giggles* You have to feel a bit sorry for Stephen King with the way some people react to his writing!

      I know what you mean about variety. I like seeing what all my friends are reading even if the books themselves aren't ones I'd read. I like seeing what NF Nikki is reading, your dogs and cozy mysteries, Laura's horror reads...more interesting than just the usual!

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  2. I don’t understand why people need to tear each other down over stupid stuff. We’re talking about books. There are better things in the world to get angry about.

    Most of the book snobbery I’ve encountered happened in college. When I said that my favorite author is Stephen King, some of my classmates reacted like I’d just confessed to murder. I was only supposed to like “literary” fiction. Everything else was trash.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Totally agree AJ. There are more important things to get upset over rather than what others are reading. Everyone seems to have it in for poor Stephen King! I kind of feel sorry for the guy!

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  3. Oh my gosh, I agree. What gives anyone the right to judge what others enjoy? Obviously not everyone likes the same things and that's okay. Who cares what they read! We should all just be happy that people are reading, period! :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Yes, getting everyone to read more should be more of a focus than shaming people over what they like to read. Life would be dull if we all loved the same books!

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  4. Yeah everyone can like what they like, I don't get it either. I mean at least they're reading, in a world where so many don't- it would be a mighty boring place if we all loved the SAME things! So yeah I'm with ya.

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    1. You'd think we should be encouraging reading instead of putting people off! I love seeing all the different books my friends online are reading regardless of whether I'd read them myself!

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  5. I totally agree!! No one should feel ashamed for their book choices! We all have different tastes and opinions and they should all be respected!

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  6. So much agreement here! I've given up even calling books "guilty pleasures", because if they're what other people enjoy without guilt then me calling them guilty pleasures sounds all... condescending, you know?

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