Yes, here it is, the much promised book snob post.
I have decided there are 3 kinds of readers.
1. Those who don’t. I call them lost souls who don’t know what they are missing.
2. Those that do because they love to read. These good hearted book-a-holics will read anything just so long as they are reading.
3. And then there are those that do it because because it makes them look intelligent. Harsh, I know, but it seems true. Take Jonathan Franzen. A bigger book snob never walked this earth! His head is so big he couldn’t even appear on Oprah because she was beneath HIM. This woman has done more for reading (besides JK Rowling) than probably anybody else in the last 50 years, yet he can’t give her an interview because he can’t get his big head through the door.
Book snobs almost ruined reading for me. First there was college; where I was forced to these books called “classics.” I hate classics, but was always afraid to say so because my classmates would look on me as dumb. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some fantastic classics out there, I just didn’t read many in college.
Then, when I first started joining book clubs on the net (on yahoogroups.com) I so wanted to impress people with my literary expertise so I read what seemed to be the “in” thing to read.
Gradually I started to hate reading. I dropped out of my groups (except my 2 favorites!) and I almost ceased reading.
I was miserable. I went from 82 books one year, to 26 the next.
Then about 3 or 4 months ago, realized just how much I missed reading. I started getting active in my two groups again. And now I realize why I love these groups so much. These are the groups where anything goes! Everyone wants to hear about what you read; they don’t care if brain power was required or not because they are doing the same thing – reading what they want! We, the reader, are supposed to read what moves us, what makes us think, what makes us dream, what makes us want to LIVE. It doesn’t matter what other people think, it matters what YOU think. And if a Nora Roberts romance is what gets your juices going, then by all means, read it!! I’ve read several and you know what, the writing ain’t that bad and the stories ain’t either
What is important to reading is the enjoyment of it and I think if more people realized that there would be more number 2s and less number 1s.
Okay, off my soapbox and boy do I feel better.