Hey Booklovers! Happy Tuesday, I hope you are all reading great books, and smashing that tbr! Today’s post is another (sort of) rant …I can’t help it, I’m a 5ft 2 Scottish girl, I rant! Anyway, my post today is on reader shaming – because you wouldn’t know that already clicking on this (eyeroll at myself). Without further ado, let’s get started.
So, recently on Twitter, I witnessed some really
shitty , ahem I mean horrible behaviour. Basically, someone posted a picture of their shelves, as we do in this community, and others began commenting on how the shelves were full of rubbish. That the reader was immature etc, because the shelves contained YA, and some middle grade. You may have seen it? Anyway I’m here to give my thoughts on the matter!
Firstly, this is such a stupid way of thinking in my humble opinion. I mean who cares what others are reading as long as they are enjoying it, right? I just don’t understand why we still have such elitism within the reader community. It’s so damn frustrating! You should be able to display your books loud and proud without someone trying to bring you down, yet we still have people out there who think you are not a real reader if you read YA – which is just crazy. There are some who still think that YA authors, are not real authors! Pfft! I honestly think it’s hilarious that these people go out their way to voice this opinion. I read adult, I read YA, and I read middle grade sometimes – take your shot folks! I really couldn’t care what some snobby person’s opinion says about my reading tastes. I read what I damn well please!
This needs to stop! People are entitled to read what they like. Reading is a personal and individual experience which is entirely subjective to the persons tastes, so if you are a hater…pipe down; just because it isn’t something you like doesn’t mean that reader is ‘less of a reader’! I find it really sad that I even have to say that! That I have to point out that this isn’t pre-school, and we can all be respectful and nice. Surely, this makes sense? I’m not talking in some unknown intergalactic language am I? Shouldn’t we all be supportive to the readers and writers in the book community, and bring each other up instead of down? I know I can’t be the only one who finds this type of elitism annoying!
Okay, I’m done. I’ll go back to my latest YA read now!
Please let me know in the comments what you guys think of this whole crazy situation. Are you with me, and couldn’t care less about what someone reads, or are you someone who is prone to finding fault with other peoples reading choices? As always let me know in the comments below.