I used to pride myself in being a book purist. I was sure that if a book didn't have:
- a strong plot
- good characters
- a sparkling quality that made it stand out
- a premise that I deemed "good enough"
then it wasn't worth anyone's time. And I would let people know that. Being a writer and a very opinionated person, I would make sure that I knew what book others were reading, and I would either suggest a better one, or make it seem that they could keep reading it only because I thought it was okay.
I was a reading monster. (and not the good kind)
It got to the point where my sister was hiding the books that she read from me. People would tell me the title of their book sheepishly, waiting for me to ridicule it. I judged every single book that I came across without even reading the synopsis. Granted, I still do that, but I keep any bad judgements to myself. I have learned a valuable lesson.
People can read whatever they want, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Books are like food, and music, and art. Each book will mean something different to each person, and each person will like different types of books.
(Beth, love, don't be upset with what I'm about to say because I mean no offense!)
My sister is not a big reader, which I find crazy. She wants to be, but books don't seem to grab her. She likes the formulaic books. The teen-cliche-finds-love-one-summer-at-her-estranged-aunt's-beach-house. The Little Miss Perfect who can do anything! books. I find those books utterly annoying. In my mind, they are like cotton candy: all fluff and bad for you.
But then I realized that COTTON CANDY IS AMAZING. Just because I don't like it, that doesn't mean that others can't love it just as much as I love, say, chocolate. Everyone's taste is going to be different. I have gotten to the point where I am more than happy to hear that someone is reading a "cotton candy" book. I myself have read a couple of those cotton candy books, and I have decided that they are not for me.
If someone enjoys a book, or a TV show, or anything then no-one should get to make them feel silly or stupid for liking it.
And that's all I have to say about that. *nods*
What is the dumbest book you have read? Do you like "cotton candy" books? Do you even like reading? (If no: why are you reading this blog?)