People are not shy at all about getting personal and degrading when it comes to making fun of the books I read (they seem to have no manners!). When asked about my "pitiful" reading taste they expect me to say "Yes, you are so right. I have to stop reading this crap right now". I always answer that I couldn't care less about their opinion and when I ask them to explain what a "real" book is they have no idea. These people may like to read from time to time but they are for sure no book lovers.
I know two people who are especially annoying about my books. One of them isn't interested in learning anything about romance and about the variety in this genre. For her all romances are the same.
At first I tried to explain to her what romance is but then I realized that there is no reason to talk about the genre to someone who wants to stay ignorant. Whenever I see this person I have to smile because I know how many great books she misses.
It gets even weirder when I'm reading an erotic romance with a hot cover. Often people react to sexy covers either totally shocked or very creepy. And people also think that it's ridiculous that I'm still reading young adult books although I'm over 20. Once again I privily pitty them because they miss so many fantastic stories.
Of course I also meet many cool people who love to read and are happy to talk about books even when our taste in reading is totally different. I love talking about books and some of my best friends are also book lovers. I think the motto "read and let read" is a good one but some people seem to disagree.
I want to know what stupid and weird things people say about the books you are reading!