Sunday Confessions August 22, 2010
I was all set to do my Sunday Confessions post on another subject. However I came across some things this week that really ruffled my feathers: A YA author was uninvited to a book event because of the contents in her book and bloggers ragging on other bloggers about their book subject choices and/or genre choices.
It’s your purgative what you read. You should read what makes you happy. But do you have the right to make that decision for someone else? My answer is a big, fat NO. Take a second to think about this: A world where everyone reads the exact same thing and has the exact same opinions. Are you bored? I am. One thing I love about the book blogging world is visiting different blogs and seeing what they are reading. I have found some excellent books of all genres that way. Books I might not have known about otherwise. I also love reading the different opinions everyone has. You can agree or disagree on my reviews. It’s cool. We all have different opinions. It’s what makes the world go round. But I don’t appreciate someone telling me what books I should not be reading or ragging on my genre choice.
I am an eclectic book blogger. I have many different interests. I am not going to start to limit myself because someone thinks I shouldn’t read a certain genre or subject. I read a bloggers rant this week on not liking adults blogging about YA books. My question is why? Just because I am an adult doesn’t mean I have to put on granny panties, starting eating bran flakes, drinking prune juice and only reading ‘sophisticated literature’. Please! Stop being such a literary snob. If a book is good it should be read regardless of its classification. There are some phenomenal books out there that you are going to miss out on if you can’t get past the book’s classification or subject matter. Not every book is for everyone, but don’t come down on someone because they like something that you don’t! Especially if you haven’t even read the book in question.
Judging a book by its genre is a form of prejudice. Telling people not to read a book because of its contents is censorship. I repeat what I said earlier: Read what makes YOU happy!
Thanks for reading my rant. This subject is important to me. I would love to know what you think on this subject.