Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I'm a Bad Bookworm, and My Thoughts on Book Shaming
As I was wandering around the internet, more specifically the blog-o-sphere and twitter, I learned something about myself. Something I think I've always known deep inside.
I'm a "bad" bibliophile.
Let's start with my view on book-to-movie adaptations. I don't mind them, in fact I often really like them. I would even go as far to say that sometimes the movie is better than the book *cough* Lord of the Rings *cough*.
You know those mass produced, simplistic YA romances? Yeah well, I read them, and I like them. Speaking of which, I read Twilight and I didn't hate it from the depths of my soul.
And while we're on the topic of book genres, I must mention classic literature. I really don't like them, and sometimes I don't even appreciate them. Frankly, I find some classics pointless and incredibly boring.
Oh and another hot topic amongst book lovers everywhere: E-readers. I actually really like them, and if I had abundant funds, I would probably buy one.
And to top it all off, I'm a slow reader. Not only am I slow in general (in a words read/minute way), I take weeks to finish a book sometimes, because I watch T.V. instead of reading a few chapters of my book some evenings.
You know what I realized at the end of this train of thought? I'm allowing myself to be book shamed, and I'm not the only one.
We book lovers need to stop book shaming people! It's one thing to kid around with a friend who's reading some book with a shirtless guy on the cover, but it's another to condemn them as some sort of subpar reader. I'm as guilty as the next girl, I've book shamed people, and blogged about some pretty conservative book-lover ideals. However, I've learned that as book-lovers we need to band together and recognize that reading is reading no matter what the content.
We need to accept that opinions on books are subjective and that's what makes each bibliophile unique! So maybe I thought it was the dumbest book I ever read, but you might not and that's okay. We need to celebrate anyone who joins the reading ranks, instead of having some elitist opinion of what makes a "true" bibliophile. We need to encourage readers of all types instead of shaming them because they don't live up to our standards.
You read Harlequins? You're a reader.
You read Pride and Prejudice once a year? You're a reader.
You read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys spin-offs (and not just the classic versions)? You're a reader.
You have a hold on Diary of a Wimpy Kid and you're not a ten-year-old boy? That's okay, you're still a reader.
You have the entire Gossip Girl series on your bookshelf? You're a reader.
You've read everything ever (ghost) written by James Patterson? You're a reader.
You take out twenty books in one go at the library? You're a reader.
You prefer the movie to the book? You're a reader.
You don't pledge to always read the printed word? You're still a reader.
I just felt like that needed to be said, so how do you feel about book shaming? Do you have some book related ideals that you think all book-lovers should believe in? Do you need to change? Let me know all your lovely thoughts and comments.
Reading: Stolen Innocence by Elisa Wall
Watching: The Shaytards
Listening: The Civil Wars