Are you a Book Snob?
A book snob is someone who judges certain genres as being less worthy than others or judges people based on the kind of books they read or on how they consume them (Are audiobooks really reading? etc)
I am sure that we have all met book snobs (or music snobs, film snobs, etc) but I firmly believe that people should be able to consume books (or other media) in whichever format, genre or language they prefer. Still, you could catch yourself making a judgement about someone else’s reading habits…
I spotted this tag over on Amy’s blog and thought it looked fun.
If you would like to do it too, I would love to read your answers so please add the links below or link back to me when you post.
Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?
Not always. I generally prefer to, but sometimes movie can be a completely different beast to the book. I do generally think ‘the book was better’ because you can fit so much more into a book than a movie, but I have also had occasions where I have really enjoyed both the movie and the book. In some cases *gasp* the movie might even be better…
For example, I watched Ready Player One before I read the book. I loved the movie but, after reading the book, can now agree that the book was even better!
For Lord of the Rings, I love the books, but I feel that the music and scenery in the movies really contribute to the epic feeling of the story.
Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?
It would be physical books for me, although I will read anything in any format!
Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?
Ooh, a tricky one. Yes, of course I would like to think that I would be open-minded, but I am in a happy, long-term relationship with an avowed reader so, thankfully, I don’t need to worry about this one!
Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?
It would probably have to be crime or horror, both genres which I read very little of, mostly because I am a wuss and have vivid nightmares. However, I have read some excellent crime and horror novels so would be really reluctant to get rid of an entire genre like that
Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Fantasy! Fantasy all the way! There are so many variations of fantasy that I think I could be happily occupied for a long time, especially if it includes MG and YA Fantasy too!
Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
‘Genre’ fiction in general can attract quite a lot of snobbery. Fantasy and science-fiction are often not seen as ‘worthy’ of praise in the same way as a literary novel might be. There is also a lot of snobbery towards MG and YA books, particularly when people wonder why I, as an adult, read lots of them!
I can always using being a teacher as an excuse, but the truth is that I often feel like books for children have to even better than those for adults because children can be very discerning critics!
Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?
Snubbed is a bit of a strong word to use, but I have definitely had people give me odd looks for reading a book for children or had people judge a book I am reading by the cover. I have faced criticism for ‘boasting’ about my reading and ‘showing off’ by talking about books I love, which just completely confuses me because I have also had others who have appreciated recommendations.
What would your answers to these be?
Which ones do we agree and disagree on?
I’d love to hear in the comments!
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This is a great post! I’m totally stealing this tag 😂
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Can’t wait to see your answers – it was a fun one to do!