The Book Snob Tag

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I saw this tag in The Strawberry Post and thought the questions were fun. As always, I’m pretty late in the game but here we are.

1. Adaptation Snob: Do You Always Read the Book Before You See the Movie?

Not always. Whichever comes first is fine. Perhaps it depends on how invested I am in 1) the genre 2) plot 3) characters or (in the case of movies) actors. I remember wanting to read about the Harry Potter books first before actually seeing the movies.

2. Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life.  Which do you choose, Physical books, Ebooks or audiobooks?

I choose ebooks for the following reasons:

  • Paper deteriorates. Obviously. No matter how hard we try to clean or organize our books, the reality is in the next five years, the book that we currently own will not be in the same state. To save me from the anguish of parting with a book or the trouble of having to declutter in the future, I’ll just have a version that I can store in the cloud and retrieve whenever I want to.
  • Storing ebooks is convenient. As much as I love to touch the pages of a book and no matter how nostalgic the act of sniffing the book is, I think ebooks are here to stay. I like the idea that with a small device such as a smartphone or tablet, I can carry a personal library.
  • As an auditory learner, I’m quite picky with whatever I listen to. I get the idea of audiobooks and I like that I can just play it in the background but some voices annoy me. It may have something to do with pitch or speed. If the piece is rather short, I think that will be ok but with a novel, I might have to have a vast selection of voices to listen to or a preferred voice actor/actress to read all the books that strike my fancy.

3. Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

This is a tough question because I already tied the knot with a non-reader. lol

For the sake of responding to this question, I would. I don’t see anything wrong with dating someone who has a different interest from mine. The cliche ‘we don’t have anything to talk about’ doesn’t apply here. I can say the same thing for readers in a relationship who prefer different genres.

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

Romance. In fact, I don’t actively purchase romance novels. Usually, I get to sign up for some in book tours but I hesitate to spend money on this. When I want to read something romantic, I go for shorter works and will just head straight to Archive of Our Own or Fanfiction.Net. I’m pretty sure I’d miss getting some butterflies in my stomach if I had to ditch romance novels but I know I can get the same effect just by watching animes, looking at my partner, or riding a roller coaster.

5. Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life, which genre do you choose?

Fantasy. A tough choice since I was choosing among fantasy, science fiction, and adventure. Would I be cheating if I said speculative fiction? According to Writers Write, it’s the genre that covers just about all the genres I previously stated.

6. Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

I cannot speak for the ‘community’ since I’m not totally immersed in it, but a number of people I know turn their noses up at Young Adult novels. A hasty generalization on my part but I think those who scorn Young Adult novels are under the assumption that more ‘serious’ and age-appropriate books fit a certain demographic. Subtext: if you’re into it, you’re too childish. Ludicrous and pretentious. As in any interest, it’s a reader’s choice which genre he/she wants to read more from.

7. Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

My response to question 6 stems from an encounter with someone who believed that ‘Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban’ was meant for children. I remember asking myself whether that person actually read the book or only saw the movie, what books she was able to finish, and how the said book made an impact on her life or decision making. Judging is a two-way street.


What are your answers to these questions? Feel free to leave them in the comment section.

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