Are you a book snob?
I have had this conversation with a few of my friends in the last year. Some of them are avid readers while others prefer to sit down and relax in front of the television after a long day of work. I've found that since I have started blogging, the world of books has opened up for me.
Did I used to be a book snob? Quite frankly...yes, I was a book snob. I turned up my nose at books I considered "grocery store reads" because if everyone was reading Dan Brown, Stephanie Meyer or some other author I routinely saw at the check-out stand, I thought the book must be total crap. I also have in the past turned up my nose to the Romance and YA genres (I am an adult you know...why should I be reading YA books?!!). Things changed when I worked with a woman that was an avid reader. I saw her with tons of different types of books so we started talking about what we read. At the time, she was reading the Twilight series so I told her I'd try it. Honestly...I devoured them. I can't say that I loved them, but I didn't have the bad reaction to it I thought I would. They were fun, escapist (and at my job at the time I really needed an escape), fluffy reads that I enjoyed. I wouldn't call them great literature, but it didn't cloud my enjoyment of them. After this experience I decided to be more open with what I read.
I also recently had a conversation with another person who is quite choosy about what they read. She commented that she thought Orson Scott Card (*gasp*) couldn't write. I think some of his books are fantastic and that he is a gifted writer. She was so vehement about her hatred for his writing that I was honestly a little surprised. Since that conversation I've been earnestly pondering a few questions:
- What constitutes a book snob?
- Do I ever judge others based on what they read?
For book bloggers, I have another question:
- Since you've been book blogging, have you become more or less of a book snob?
--OR (if you don't like the term book snob)--
- As a book blogger, have you become more or less choosy in what you read?
- Has the world opened up in terms of genre for you, or have you decided that you know what you like and don't want to wade through all the books out there that you could care less about?
- Do you turn your nose up at certain genres (i.e., Romance, YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Manga, or any other genre that typically gets the face...you know...THAT FACE)?
I still think that I exhibit some signs of book snobbery. I still haven't tried a romance, nor do I read many YA books. I am definitely on track for opening myself up more just to find out if I don't actually like a certain genre, but I definitely feel like I have become less judgmental about what other people choose to read.
I'd love to know what you all think about this!
**Also, if I have taken someone's idea for a recurring post topic/meme, please let me know. I looked around to see if someone was doing something similar, but I didn't see anything in particular. I don't want to step on anyone's toes!