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05 March 2008

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Sarah

I was looking forward to hearing what you thought about it?

Leila

Oh, it depends on my mood. Sometimes I get all uppity about the baloney-mill novels*, but mostly, I read what I read because I want to read it and I figure that's what everyone else does, and... yeah. I don't worry too much about other peoples' reading choices, and I'm not very interested in (or comfortable with) making assumptions about other people based on their reading choices.

Also, I am so used to having people make assumptions about me due to my reading choices (yes, I read predominately YA, and I get comments about it from my patrons on an almost-daily basis) that I just don't get worked up about it anymore. Not at the moment, anyway! (I'm Queen of the Moodswing, though, so check in with me in 15 minutes and maybe I'll be seething, who knows?)

There are much longer responses at Tea Cozy and at Deborah Kaplan's blog.

[Later: Oh, and at Finding Wonderland, too.]

*But it's more that I have a knee-jerk "Oh, it's on the bestseller list so I just CAN'T read it" sort of reaction than a "Oh my GOD, I can't BELIEVE she would read such TRIPE" reaction, if you know what I mean.

TadMack

Yeah. I have adult girlfriends constantly supplying me with Eat, Pray, Love and Julie & Julia and all manner of NYT Bestseller adult books because they just don't see how I can keep reading that crap.

To which I say, well, several things. I'm too tired to get worked up about it in the 'unprintable' way I could right now, but really -- they just don't get me. Duh. I knew that when I was a YA, why do I expect people to get me now??

Although I have to wonder that your patrons think it's weird. I mean: readers. We read. Everything. What's up with them!?

Leila

They totally think I'm weird. Not the teens, of course, or the adults who're actually aware that the YA includes more than Gossip Girl and I Knew A Gay Teen Once But He Got Hit By A Bus and The Story Of Marsha: A Girl Who Had Sex, Got Pregnant With Triplets, Contracted Fourteen STDs and Became a Crack-Whore... ALL BECAUSE SHE DRANK HALF A BEER, but mostly everybody else.

People really do look down on the YA, and it's too bad. But it's their problem, not mine. Like I said, I read what I want to read and what I think I'll enjoy.

I just go ahead and recommend books to people when I think they'll like 'em, regardless of where they're shelved. (I got a HUGE kick out of giving someone Postman Always Rings Twice after I noticed he was reading Camus -- obvs, I explained about the connection first.) If they like what I give them, they come back to me for more, and if they don't, they either come back for another try or they ask someone else. And there you have it.

Julie Carter

I got a little wound up while reading that comment section. I'm afraid I was doing some rapid waving of my arms over my head.

I may not like the same books other people read, but dammit, judging them just invites them to judge me. And I can't withstand the scrutiny!

Chrissy

I really don't think any one should be judging anyone else by what they read for fun. I don't read to be smarter! I read because I LIKE to!

The whole "this genre" is better than "that genre" is another, and useless, argument. It's subjective and falls into the "read what you like and to hell with what people think" realm for me.

However, the level of editing difference between children's/YA and adult is an argument I think I have to support. Just last week I read the new Patricia Briggs book, newest in an Urban Fantasy (I hate that name, I still think of it as paranormal fiction) series and was hit about the head several times by spelling and grammar errors. This sort of thing DRIVES ME NUTS because I see it so often in the adult books I read and I cannot recall ever seeing the same sloppiness in books for younger folks. I admit I may have not made that connection of adult books versus kids books if not for the discussion, and it's certainly not ALL adult books. But it's something that happens often enough that I wonder if editors and proof readers still exist in the adult market.

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