Do you agree or disagree, or perhaps both?
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Have you heard of this quote:
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
Do you agree with this quote? If you ask my personal opinion about it (that’s a disclaimer there, haha) I don’t exactly agree to it (but I’m somewhat also agreeing to it, I’ll explain later). I mean no offense to Mr. Murakami but I don’t think reading the same book like the others means it will box you to have the same thought process. It’s not the same per se. Let me put it this way, the common denominator is the book. But from there we tried to branch out these thoughts into other things. It’s like we have a basic ensemble but how we accessorize it make it different. Does it make sense? I couldn’t properly explain because how our mind works is really complicated. How we see thing vary from person to person. It’s not just the book and what we read sometimes other things that is outside the books, like perhaps our own principle, may affect what we think of it. Do I now make sense? (Ugh it’s hard to explain, sorry guys)
The Hunger Games Trilogy. Photo © Kathy @ Flickr
In addition, for me reading also leads to interpretation. I have all sorts of interpretation about the book I read. If you read reviews you will notice how different readers interpret what they read. Some have the same sentiment and while other noticed something others didn’t. They have different opinion about it so it differs ergo thoughts are not really that alike.
But on the other side of the coin, I sort of get it why. If you’re only reading what’s only popular and you’re not open to read other books then you’re containing yourself to what people think of the book. You’re unknowingly making them decide for you. Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read popular books, they are popular for a reason but I guess the point is that we shouldn’t be satisfied on just riding the bandwagon. We should sometimes, take risk when it comes to our reading palate. Unleash your eclectic tastes, because there’s a book out there that you can relate more than the book you think is the one for you because of what others think. Believe me that already happened to me. 😉
To wrap it up, for me there’s nothing wrong liking what has other also like, like there’s nothing wrong with having different taste than the others. But one thing is for sure it doesn’t matter what book is it as long as you’re open to reading then that’s good enough for me. xD
So once again, do you agree, disagree or maybe? You decide. 😉