Lately I have been thinking a lot about readers, different tastes in books and how some readers can't accept that their own opinion about a book might not be shared by all readers. As you all know I'm generally a happy person and try not to get too worked up about things. Because anger and frustration never change anything. But lately I have been annoyed by a certain attitude some readers are showing. You can be sure that I don't follow any blogs by people who think that their opinion is more worthy than that of other readers, but be it on twitter or on facebook sometimes you hear and read things that make you angry.
Books like the ones from the "Twilight" series or from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" series have a special kind of power, and I'm not talking about their amazing selling numbers. I'm talking about what they do to readers who didn't enjoy the books, or even the thought of them. I liked both series and I have no trouble with saying so aloud. But of course I don't like every book I'm reading. Some of the books I read in 2012 have made me shake my head and made me wonder, for a very short time, how the hell other readers can enjoy them. We all have thoughts like that, they are normal and there's nothing wrong about them. But once I get over these thoughts, I'm always hoping that other readers, readers with different tastes in books, will enjoy the books that frustrated me.
Having different tastes in books and of course in all things in life is something we should appreciate and celebrate because it make our lifes so much more interesting. Just imagine how boring life would be if all readers enjoyed exactly the same kind of books.
Some readers don't seem to get that. They read a book and strongly dislike it. They rant about it. So far, so good. But then they start making fun of the readers who enjoyed the book they didn't like, then they make it sound as if only idiots could enjoy the book, then they try to make the other readers feel ashamed or guilty because they dared to enjoy the book. And that's the point where my anger level rises. That's the point when I stop following the person, their blog, etc. . Because while I love reading blogs with critical reviews, I have never been a friend of bookish snobbery in any form.
Some of the blogs I read feature regularly very positive reviews of books I didn't enjoy or would never read. And I love that. I love reading thoughts of other people on books that didn't work for me or that are from a genre I don't read or enjoy. Because I think it's important to keep your eyes open to what is going on outside of the genres you read, and it's important to remind yourself that your own opinion is not the only one that is important, and that contrary opinions on books are important and should be appreciated.
So dear fellow readers, we don't have to like the same books, but we still can be bookish friends. A little respect here and there for the opinions of other readers makes everything so much easier and so much more enjoyable.
Let's be happy that there are all kinds of books and all kinds of readers.