Book Tag: The Book Snob

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I saw this on The Viter-Ybasco University‘s blog but it was originally created by Flowers in the Brain (which doesn’t seem to be live anymore?)

There are seven questions to see if you are “a book snob” (though the decision is left up to readers not any criteria for who is and who isn’t), so let’s jump right in!

Adaptation Snob

Do You Always Read the Book Before You See the Movie?

No. I often have read the book beforehand, and am going to see the movie because I liked the book, but this is not always the case. In fact, I hadn’t (and still haven’t) read the books that DUNE and OPERATION MINCEMEAT were adapted from. (OK, so OPERATION MINCEMENAT is a historical that does have a famous book written about the event in question, but given my parents and I went to see if because my mum had read and loved that book, it’s an adaptation in my mind!)

Format Snob

You can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life.  Which do you choose, Physical books, Ebooks or audiobooks?

Physical, easily. I prefer that anyway.

Audiobooks can be difficult for me – it entirely depends on whether my brain is cooperating on whether I can listen or not (taking in information through someone talking has always been hard for me.) Ebooks don’t have the same feel, and I also can’t read that before bed as that means light keeping me awake (and I sleep badly enough already.)

Ship Snob

Would you date or marry a non-reader?

Maybe? I don’t know, but it’s not a violent “no.” Books are a big part of my life, and while I do not expect everyone to have that same level of love for books as I do, I’d want a partner to respect that it’s important to me.

But, honestly, there are more important things to me for the “yes/no” decision of whether someone’s right for me.

Genre Snob

You have to ditch one genre – Never to be read again for the rest of your life, which do you ditch?

Romance, easy.

I’m aroacespec which means I don’t “get” the hype and draw of romance novels. In fact, I am often found complaining that romantic storylines are so prelevelant in SFF, to the point that many books feel more like romances set in a SFF world than a story with a romance subplot. Some people love that, hence they’re published, but it’s just not for me.

Uber Genre Snob

You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life, which genre do you choose?

Fantasy without a doubt. It makes up about 75% or more of my annual reading. I’d miss the sci-fi, historical, non-fiction and thrillers that scatter my year, but fantasy is the one genre I couldn’t give up entirely.

Community Snob

Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Romance. It’s historically been a genre aimed at women, so naturally it’s looked down on. It’s the genre with the largest volume of sales, so it’s pure “pooh, pooh, it’s happy and for women so can’t be good” idiocy. Romance is the backbone of the industry, and even if (like me) you don’t “get” it, there’s no reason to look down on the thing that keeps people happy and the industry running.

Snobbery Recipient

Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

I read Alison Weir’s THE CAPTIVE QUEEN about Eleanor of Aquitaine in school. Bear in mind that others around me were reading GRRM’s GAME OF THRONES, which I’d say is more “inappropriate” for a 15 year old than what I was reading, but I was the one who was reading “historical porn?!” (It does have a few bedroom scenes, but a glance at a SJM book shows how tame CAPTIVE QUEEN is.)

So, the moment of truth, do you think these answers make me a book snob?

I tag:


8 thoughts on “Book Tag: The Book Snob

  1. Snob? No, I don’t think so at all. (There’s got to be a way to figure out to market these no/low-romance novels and get them in front of people who would love to see books that don’t have romance – or much of it, at any rate – in them!!)

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    1. Yes! It drives me up the wall that SFF is so stuffed with romance, particularly in YA (one reason why I drifted away from YA as my primary age range)

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