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On Readers, Reading, and Literary Snobbery

15 thoughts on “On Readers, Reading, and Literary Snobbery”

  1. I have to disagree on one note. I am a fantasy reader, and I have, in fact, been known to spend a free weekend or two at a Renaissance Festival. 😀

    Just saying. Don’t judge. 😛

  2. This post reminds me of when my kids were young and I required them to read for half an hour every night before bed, and my husband protested because they were reading mangas. I told him who cares, as long as they’re reading weird as well as looking at the pictures!
    I’ve been known to mock romance novels and their formulaic plots a time or two. You’ve reminded me of my own words and definitely put me in my place, so to speak. You’re right. Who cares, as long as they’re reading!
    Great post!

    1. Romance has had a bad rap from the start. I’ve read series that were very formulaic, to the point where you could just change the character names and you’d be reading the same exact thing. That’s why I don’t like never-ending series. BUT there are authors out there doing a fabulous job of keeping things original. They are well worth reading =)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Loving the rant, and you make some great points.

    The other day on the train to work, I was reading something on my mobile (it’s kind of sad that everyone does that nowadays and there are no longer normal conversations in the train, just everyone engrossed with their favourite gadget… but who am I to diss that when I do it as well?) when I happened to notice a young lady shifting around in her seat (I was standing in the aisle diagonally behind her… pure conincidence, promise!). She then glanced around her surreptitiously (I made sure I was staring right at my mobile) and continued reading. I just couldn’t resist glancing at her kindle, and, boy, did my ears start glowing! (And no, I am by no means a prude.)

    I completely agree with what you ranted about said, but I admit I had to concentrate very hard on not judging that lady (and it took a while for some of those rather… graphic images to fade from my mind).

    “Read and let read,” I say. 😉

    1. *gasp* For shame, Amos!!! Just kidding ^_^ I gotta ask, though, were you judging her because of what she was reading, or because of your own reaction to it? You don’t have to tell me, just think about it 😉 I was on the bus one time and heard heavy breathing from the seat across from mine. it was coming from a small speaker. I wasn’t trying to look, but the man in the seat shifted and tilted his phone my way a bit and I saw he was watching porn. Right there on the bus! In the middle of the day, without even the courtesy of headphones. Yeah, I judged him plenty. There were kids on that bus. And little old ladies with rosaries. *smh* What is the world coming to?
      Thanks for reading and sharing your story!

      1. I think it was a combination of what she was reading, that she was reading it in public, how she was obviously affected by it, and… well, the unexpectedness of reading very explicit stuff right there on the train. 🙂

        Enjoyed reading your post, it just happened to make me remember that particular episode. Your guy on the bus is quite a different story – I had no right to read that lady’s Kindle over her shoulder, so I can’t blame her for anything, but watching something where others can see it and might be offended… hmm, I’d consider that inappropriate. Not sure whether I’m applying double-standards there.

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