I came across this book tag here Are You A Book Snob Tag. – The Tattooed Book Geek (wordpress.com) and was intrigued by the questions. Particularly as I know I can be a touch snobby at times. I’m also intrigued by the history of this book tag, and the way I’m taking this from someone who’s not quite sure where it came from – who knows how many gos on from me it can go before people forget where I got it, or they got it from me? Viva le Internet!
FORMAT SNOB: You can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
I was about to say physical books – they feel right, look nice, and are comfy to read – but a little nugget of self-realization from the last few days has resurfaced as I write this. That nugget is that when I’ve got bad ADD, having books on my computer screen is the easiest way for me to read, as I can switch tabs whenever. Not to mention storage space and cost is very much in ebooks’ favour. Less books vs more books? That’s an easy one. Physical books are almost always my preferred format when there are no consequences to a choice, but consequences force me to pick eBooks. Ebooks and everlasting hatred for anyone who forced such a choice on me.
ADAPTATION SNOB: Do you always read the book before watching the film/TV show?
If they never adapted another book for film/TV, I’d be okay with that. The only reason I’m not saying I’d ban them all if I came to power is I recognize they’re really good for authors. Other than that, I like books more than the screen, and I’d like to see the screen industry forced into being more creative.
That said… life’s too short and half the time, I don’t even know it’s an adaptation until afterwards. So no. In fact, the above was snobbishness ran wild for no good reason.
SHIP SNOB: Would you date or marry a non-reader?
I did. Although she’s probably reading more than me recently, and is nerdier in other respects.
GENRE SNOB: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?
I already don’t read Romance, so that’s a super easy one. And yes, I know this isn’t a particularly original call here. I could also say much the same about Horror and Literary Fiction. However! I am trying to get to grips with all three of them. Eventually. Some day. And I’m not a big Sci-Fi reader, and a lot of its best stories are completely mirrored by Fantasy/adapted for TV (yes, yes, I know what I just said), so maybe the smart alec answer is Sci-Fi?
*pause* It’s still probably Romance.
UBER GENRE SNOB: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Speculative Fiction. I was going to say Fantasy, but I’m going to claim Spec Fic as one big genre, so I can have my cake and eat it. And I’m going to plant my flag in every contested territory too in such an eventuality. Most of Shakespeare? Spec Fic. Cornwell’s Saxon Chronicles? Some of those ghosts and crap might be real, spec fic.
COMMUNITY SNOB: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
There’s some real dumb shit said about Romancelandia.
SNOBBERY RECIPIENT: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?
I don’t think so actually. I’ve read a bunch of snobbery aimed at the fantasy genre, but I’ve been very lucky in terms of the people I’ve been around. Or maybe people are alright.
Or maybe I just delete useless memories.
All in all, these questions make me feel a lot less snobby about how I view reading than I expected to. Save for the adaptations thing. That’s pure snob but I’ll stand by it all day.