The Book Snob Tag

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Am I a book snob?  I don’t know, so let’s do a tag and find out.  This seemed liked a fun one to do now that we all have some more time home to read!

This tag was originally created by Tia and All the Books over on Youtube.  I found it on Madame Writer’s blog.

1. Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

Nope.  In fact, with classics many times watching the BBC adaptation has inspired me to read the book (Great Expectations, Middlemarch), which I might not have done otherwise.  In general with popular fiction, I do like to read the book first.

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

I think I have to go with ebooks.  I find that physical books really provide the best reading experience, but since becoming a mom the vast majority of my reading is done on Kindle.  It’s portable, I can read with one hand while following my kid around, or in bed, and switch between multiple books easily.  I’m too practical to be a stickler.

I’ve tried a few audiobooks and find I don’t really care for them at all.

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

Probably not, but the issue doesn’t arise because the person I married is a reader.  We both enjoy sci-fi and fantasy; in fact, one of our first real conversations was about The Lord of the Rings.  We even started reading The Expanse series together, which was very fun until he finished the series and I’m stuck in book 4 and now he nags me occasionally about finishing. 🤣

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

Horror.  Or even thrillers.  Anything that gives me nightmares or anxiety can go.

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!  This almost feels like cheating because it is such a diverse genre.  I love YA fantasy, urban fantasy, high fantasy, fairy tales, magical realism, alternate history, portal fantasy, etc. etc. Three of the last five books I read were some kind of fantasy.  And there are so many classics, like LOTR and Harry Potter, that I could just re-read repeatedly.

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

There does seem to be a divide between those that read YA and those that don’t. I’ve seen a lot of disdain for adults that read YA, like myself.  I also think that Romance gets a bad rap.  I was never a fan myself until a few years ago, and now it’s my go-to for a light, quick, uplifting read.  There’s a wide range of quality, but I’ve read many romances that are real page-turners with excellent characters and meaningful themes.

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

Personally, no, I don’t think so.  My parents used to get annoyed when I would read instead of doing chores, does that count?

So, maybe I’m a bit of a snob, but I don’t think I’m too bad.  What about you?  I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but feel free to post your responses in the comments or on your own blog, and leave me a pingback.

8 thoughts on “The Book Snob Tag

  1. Jennifer April 1, 2020 / 3:44 pm

    You know, I don’t even need to do this tag because it would be just about identical to yours xD Except I’m with a non-reader, but it doesn’t really matter because we just game together instead 😎

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    • Mei-Mei April 2, 2020 / 10:25 am

      Haha awesome, great minds think alike. Gaming is another thing my husband and I do together! I think it’s important to have some separate hobbies from partners also, sounds like reading is that for you.

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  2. Madame Writer April 2, 2020 / 8:05 am

    I’m so glad you did this tag! It’s a lot of fun. I will say, I never understood the conflict for and against YA books. I’ve read a lot of YA, some are good and some are bad, just like every other genre. I just don’t get why a person would completely dismiss an entire genre as horrible or on the other hand say it can do no wrong.

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    • Mei-Mei April 2, 2020 / 10:20 am

      Agreed! Every genre has good and bad, no need to dismiss a whole genre, or hold it up on a pedestal.
      I used to spend a lot of time reading all the new hyped YA books, but I was often disappointed so now I wait a bit and only read the ones that stand the test of time, so to speak.

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  3. NovEllaandBanannabelle April 2, 2020 / 5:38 pm

    I could never ditch a whole genre!
    This post was really thought-provoking for me. It’s sad that all the libraries are closed (at least the ones around me), so thank-goodness for digital content.

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  4. Michael J. Miller April 14, 2020 / 5:14 pm

    When I was in college I prided myself on always reading the book before seeing the movie. In fact, I’d often read books based on a preview for a movie I knew I’d see. I remember when Joe Walsh adapted Ian McEwan’s ‘Atonement’ – one of my ALL TIME favorite books. I was so excited to see it! Leaving the theatre this girl struck up a conversation with me (there weren’t many people at all in our matinee show…boo! people should want to see this!). The chatting turned to light flirting and when I asked her how she thought it adapted the book she told me, “Eh, I tried but found it boring so I stopped early on.” Annnnnnnd just like that the flirting was done for me. How could I date someone who hadn’t read (and loved) ‘Atonement’?!!?!?

    Young Michael’s high horse has since been retired XD. Life’s too busy now to read everything I want to, let alone all the books I want to before I see the movies based on them. Some times I manage to and those are special circumstances. But it’s rare. And I certainly wouldn’t judge a flirtation partner so drastically and unfairly! But, hahahaha, ahhhhh I was a younger, more book snobbish person then.

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    • Mei-Mei April 16, 2020 / 11:08 pm

      I’m glad you have grown up a bit since haha. To be fair, if someone I just met told me they thought Star Wars was boring, that would be the end of any flirting! But I also try to be open minded. I really doubt my husband has read/enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, but he does like the movie version! I’ll take it 🙂

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      • Michael J. Miller April 17, 2020 / 2:48 am

        That totally counts as a win! On the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ movie note, I vividly remember going on a date with a girl when I was in college. We were at dinner, doing all that first date stuff, and then the conversation turned to what movie we were going to see. I suggested the Keira Knightley version of ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ She thought I was just being nice but when I convinced her I a) had read the book and b) really wanted to see the film, it got me a fair bit of impressed points. I still laugh whenever I think of my trying to convince her I really wanted to see it! We had a good conversation afterwards about the adaptation, too. I agree with your point in your post about Jane Austin films – they did a fantastic job with how they chose to condense the story in that film.

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