I am a serious book snob. I’ve never touched Twilight or The Hunger Games. I forced myself to read about 5 of the Harry Potter books before I gave up and whenever a book is SUPER popular I tend to avoid it (Bossy Pants comes right to mind…). The funny thing is, even if it’s a book I really want to read (again, Bossy Pants comes right to mind) I’ll avoid it while the whole world is trying to shove it in my face. For some reason, when hoards of people are delving into the same book it turns me off to it. I also hate teen lit for some reason–as an avid reader even when I was young I felt as though much of the teen lit was WAY too cheesy and unappealing. I rarely read romance novels and I steer clear of most chick lit. I frequently tell my reading friends that I like books that don’t have happy endings and involve some sort of addiction problem. That’s just a bit more interesting to me than the Cinderella archetype.
Here’s my issue:
When people are reading one of these books and preface their recommendation with “The writing is awful but…”
Why are you reading a book that’s poorly written? For me, that’s a deal-breaker. There are so many beautifully composed books in the world I have trouble understanding why anyone would read one that lacks in that arena.
The other common phrase I hear is “The first three books are excruciatingly boring but you have to read them to get to the good part!!”.
F that. I don’t have time to read three shitty books just so I can “Get to the good part”. If there isn’t a “good part” in ALL of the books in a series I don’t have much of a desire to read them.
HOWEVER… Recently I’ve been feeling pressured to hop on the bandwagon of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games (I’ll seriously never touch Twlight. The whole idea of it annoys me.) and I’m wondering if I should be a little bit less of a book snob and give them a second chance. I’m guessing most of you have read one or both of these series’ and you have an opinion on it so I’m reaching out to you.
Should I be a little bit less of a snob and hop on the bandwagon? I just noticeably cringed when I typed that sentence… I’d really love your opinion on this! I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.