“I don’t care if it’s Twilight or Fifty Shades or War and Peace; never let someone make you ashamed of what you love to read.”
– Rae Carson
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There’s been a lot of talk in the YA book community lately, well, there’s always been talk about it but a recent article especially has said that adults should be ashamed of reading YA when they no longer fit into that bracket. It’s been suggested that these kind of stories are too simple, too nice, too happily ever after and that adults should be reading more literary, thought-provoking books suited to their demographic.
This is, safe to say, utter bull to me and I find it frustrating that people are still having to defend their reading tastes. I mean, how is this even still a legitimate question that dignifies an answer? Mostly, I wave away these kind of things unaffected, but at the same time nothing in this world annoys me more than people who make others feel bad about what they like to read. I hate book snobbery.
Here’s what frustrates me most, books aren’t about brackets, or boxes or cages. Books are a rarity because they allow people to forget their everyday roles and become someone entirely different, and for that moment in time you aren’t you anymore. You’re a knight fighting a dragon, or a young teen discovering love for the first time. Books transcend those claustrophobic brackets. It doesn’t matter what age you are or where you live. That’s why books are so amazing.
I’ve always had a sort of unsaid rule on this blog that I will never judge anyone here for what they choose to read, I hope you all know that but I guess I just wanted to reiterate it. It’s something I feel fiercely passionate about. Read all the fantasy, chick lit, erotica or literary fiction you like, whatever you enjoy. Even if it’s a book I dislike I’m not going to judge you for liking it, we all have different tastes and books are made to be enjoyed or they sit lonely and redundant. To me it doesn’t matter what people read, as long as they are reading. 🙂
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