And I am not ashamed to say it out loud.
I. Am. Being. Judgmental.
Of course I realize tastes are different and not everyone will like the same genres, so I'm certainly not scoffing at anyone for reading outside of my own comfort zone. Though every once in a while there comes a book along which turns me into a totally judgmental über-bitch.
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Exhibit A - The 50 Shades of Grey books.
First of all it's not the kind of genre I typically read. Secondly the plot itself makes me stifle a big fat yawn. Thirdly some of my most trusted fellow book bloggers have literally suffered through the first book and consequently felt the same way I am feeling without even having read the first page. Sadly, this excludes Ally and I'm still heart-broken over this, boohoo!
So yes, I judge books I haven't even read. I never claimed I'd be all fair about this. You can think (or say, for that matter) what you want about my confession. Obviously I wouldn't make a blog post about this if I felt even slightly embarrassed about the whole thing. Well, maybe I'd put it into the category of "self-reflection", but I'm not. I'm standing on my soap-free box and scream it out so the whole world knows.
I. Am. Passing. Judgement.
And every reader who claims they never do that is a liar.
Granted, not everyone will condemn certain books without having read them, so you do get your own 50 shades, though in this case of judgmental bias. And I am fairly sure that there are readers who are a lot worse than yours truly. Those who wouldn't even shake your hand if they found out you've never read Shakespeare (which I haven't).
The thing is, I am not condemning the author. Live and let live, or rather, write and let write. Yet when readers get all excited and flustered because they absolutely luuuv a book which I consider junk, then I am putting my best scowl on, mumbling some not so nice things to myself, while all the time knowing that there's a book for every person, so apparently a certain book has found its audience.
So, now that we've established that I don't necessarily judge a book by its cover, but most certainly a reader by their books, I wonder who is brave enough to share their own judgmental streaks when it comes to the taste of fellow readers.
*distant sound of crickets*