Should we judge a person by the books he reads?
Bookish Verbosity is a non-regular feature at AEROPAPERS where I talk about topics that are related to books, blogging and the community.
I think we can all agree that we all have different taste. It’s just the way it is. Some work and some just didn’t. But that doesn’t mean we have the right to judge people on what they read. We all have been hearing this saying about books being judge by their covers. But how about readers being judge on what they read? Sometimes I’ve seen this kind of comment and truthfully it always leave a bitter taste in my mouth. I think we shouldn’t judge a person based on his/her taste in books.
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Why did I say that? Because I too don’t want to be judge by what I’m reading. On what I enjoyed. We don’t have any rights to devalue a person based on their reading preference. And even if that person has valid point on why he thinks the book is senseless, that doesn’t mean you should stop other people from reading the book. You’ll never know, you might not like it but that person might love it. Remember this post? Like Spongebob said: in the right hands it could be a gold mine of entertainment (and that could also be applied to books). And for a sponge, I think he’s right.
I think discouraging a person to read a book because you didn’t like it defeat the purpose on why we are here. We are not reviewing books to mandate on what should be read or not. We are sharing our opinions—laying the merits we see (or don’t see), what work and what didn’t. From there, I think we should let them decide on what they want to do with it, never tell them ‘no’ because you don’t like it.
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So yes, I will not judge you if you love Fifty Shades of Grey. Like I will not judge if you still swooning over Edward Cullen from Twilight. I will respect your decision to only read books that won Printz Award. So please don’t judge me if I’m enjoying Young Adult even though I’m an adult. Don’t judge me if I love New Adult genre and sometimes Adult Romance books. Don’t judge me if I rarely read award winning books, or sometimes classic books. I read books to enjoy and not to impress. And lastly, I think we should never, ever be ashamed on what we’re reading—whatever that is!
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. — Wayne Dyer