Not me again with another book tag that I wasn’t tagged to do! This one I am pretty sure I’m going to fail. I don’t want to consider myself a book snob, but I feel very snobby when talking about books, so I’m likely to get that result. But let’s find out!
I think this came from Flowers in the Brain (I’ve seen a few posts credit this blog), but it appears there’s no blog there anymore, so apologies if I’m wrong!
Are You a Book Snob?
FORMAT SNOB: You can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
Definitely physical books. While I do love eBooks and audiobooks for their own benefits, nothing beats sitting down with a physical book. Absolutely nothing. I hope that doesn’t make me a snob, since I do still like the other formats.
ADAPTATION SNOB: Do you always read the book before watching the film/TV show?
I somehow knew this would be a question… My answer is, for the most part, yes. If an adaptation is coming out, I almost always will try to read the book first. Very rarely do I sit down to an adaptation without having read the book. Sometimes it’s because I didn’t know it was a book. Other times I’m interested in the show/movie and not interested in the book (yes that’s possible). But for the most part, I make it a rule to read the book first.
SHIP SNOB: Would you date or marry a non-reader?
Yes. I have met a lot of people in my life. Outside of school, where I majored in English and met a lot of English majors, I don’t meet a lot of book lovers. I don’t think “liking to read” is that high on my list of important qualities of a partner. I think it would be GREAT, but not required. I am currently engaged to someone who sometimes reads – very rarely, but sometimes. Do I wish we could bond over books? Absolutely. But does it really matter that we don’t? Not really.
GENRE SNOB: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?
Nonfiction. I know, I know, that’s pretty horrible of me. But I’m a fiction lover. I really don’t read nonfiction very often, and I wouldn’t miss it, personally. I read to escape, and that’s what fiction provides to me. I wouldn’t want to give up any form of fiction.
UBER GENRE SNOB: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
UGH. This is a tough one. A lot of books fall under multiple genres. I know I can’t just say “fiction” or “young adult.” I have to be more specific. So, I think I would say fantasy. I loved fantasy when I was younger, and then fell out of love with it during college and into adulthood. I’m just now rediscovering my love for it, and I’m so happy about it. I really did miss getting immersed in these crazy fantasy stories, especially YA fantasy. I think it helps me escape more than any other genre. And I know fantasy incorporates a lot of other genres, like romance and suspense, so I wouldn’t miss out too much by only reading the fantasy genre. (I did just finish reading The Folk of the Air series, so that may sort of influence the answer to this question.
COMMUNITY SNOB: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
I’m going to say young adult books receive the most snobbery. I know a large portion of the bookish community is dedicated to YA. I should know—I belong to that community. But I also know in the larger, grand scheme of things, people in general dismiss young adult literature as being a genre at all, and not being real, quality literature in general. I love YA lit. My children’s lit professor in college was a 70-year-old woman who still loves children’s and YA lit. YA lit is for anyone. And it’s such valuable literature. Don’t fight me on this.
SNOBBERY RECIPIENT: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?
I definitely get made fun of for reading in general. My brothers pick on me. Some friends from college used to make fun of me. I also get teased for reading YA, specifically. That mostly comes from my fiancé.
I’m not sure if any of this makes me a snob, but I hope not! I support all forms of reading, and I don’t care if you’ve never read Pride and Prejudice or The Great Gatsby. Well, okay, I mean, I’ll try to convince you to read them, but I won’t judge you for not having done so.
I tag anyone reading this who is interested in sharing their own answers! Please comment with a link to your own post if you do write one, because I’d love to see your answers. Or just share them in the Comments, whatever you want!