So… This is something which I think about every now and then, but it’s late and I can’t sleep so I’m writing down my thoughts. I’ve been thinking about some of the mentalities I’ve seen from some book bloggers and literature lovers in regards to people who don’t like to read. And they kinda annoy me…
This isn’t aimed at anyone in particular, I’m just bringing to light something I notice every now and then online.
A little fact about me is that I didn’t grow up loving books. I read them occasionally, but from the age of 11+ I read them simply because school forced me to. I’d known from a young age that I had a knack for English since I’d always performed well in the subject, but I had zero interest in fiction, and I personally think that there’s nothing wrong with that. I had other hobbies and interests growing up, and I did well in school regardless.
Fast forward to 18 year old me, and I was in a very dark place. It was during this time that I discovered my love for literature. I devoured so much YA fiction during this time, and even now, I seriously believe that literature saved my life. Fast forward again to the present day and I now have a English degree and hope to go on to get a Master’s later this year. And of course I have this blog, and I really do love fiction now.
So why am I talking about this? Something I’ve seen occasionally across social media is this superiority some book bloggers have over people who don’t enjoy reading, this “omg you don’t read what do you even do all day?” “If you don’t read books then I’m judging you” mentality and I hate it. I simply hate it. Some people struggle to read, some people can’t read, some people may have lack of access to literature… I just think this attitude can be really damaging, even if they’re meant in a joking way.
In my opinion, if people don’t read novels… then that’s completely fine??? I don’t see anything wrong with that. And this snobbery from book lovers toward people who don’t read is uncalled for. I don’t have this urge to force people who don’t read to pick up a book, or to make them feel bad about their lack of interest in literature. Not many people in my personal life don’t read for pleasure and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Because why would it? I don’t judge them or make fun of them for it. Because they have a bunch of other interests that make them happy, much like fiction makes me happy, and that’s an amazing thing to have.
I discovered my love for fiction entirely on my own at quite a late age (for this community, anyways), and of course I think fiction is wonderful. But I feel that if I had been aware of these sorts of opinions beforehand, it would have really put me off reading. I understand that comments such as the ones above are from book lovers who simply want to shout about how awesome literature is, but I just don’t think those kinds of comments are effective. But maybe I’m just being a over-sensitive baby about all this…
I’d love to know your thoughts. Do you believe that there is this snobbery amongst book lovers towards people who don’t read? How did you discover your love for literature? Let me know in the comments 😉