Unpopular Bookish Opinions
LOL. This has the potential to be fun…
1. Bigger is not always better.
For the love of all that’s holy, people, learn to edit. I don’t think your 1,000+ page book is awesome just because it’s so long. It’s the content that counts.
2. You don’t have to read in your “appropriate age range.”
Adults can read YA. Kids can read adult books. Read what you like. Yes, parents should discuss adult books with their kids so the kids understand them, but don’t stop a kid from reading just because “they’re not old enough yet.”
3. Reading speed is not an indicator of intelligence.
Speed reading is trained. I will admit that it does take skill, but everyone has a different skill set. Some people have learned to speed read, and enjoy it, and that’s great. Others read more slowly and absorb more that way than they would if they read fast. To each their own.
4. Required Reading should be FUN.
Yes, we should be learning from the assigned reading in school. But if students aren’t enjoying reading, they won’t think about reading for fun later, and that is BAD.
5. Personal reading can be educational.
Some (weird) people are of the opinion that once we are out of school we don’t have to learn anything from the books we read ever again. I do not understand these people.
6. Audiobooks count as reading.
People learn in different ways. Some people learn better by listening than by reading. Some people have physical handicaps which made reading harder than it should be. Audiobooks help increase the accessibility of literature, so I am all in.
7. Reading multiple books at once is not weird.
You can watch multiple TV series at once without getting confused. I can read multiple books at once without getting confused. (Yes, I have actually had to explain this to people.)
8. DNFing is good.
If you aren’t going to enjoy a book, and you can tell, why push yourself to keep reading? Pushing myself to finish something I’m not interested in is the most likely way to get me into a reading slump.
9. Genre fiction is just as “worthwhile” as classic lit.
Some of my fantasy or sci-fi novels, which are looked down on by many academic types, address issues which are just as important as the classics which are usually seen as The Most Important Books. Often they even do a better job of it than the classics.
10. Classics are still important.
Then there’s the opposite camp, which says that classic lit isn’t important anymore because it’s old and out of date. They look at the social issues which aren’t treated the same way now as they were when the books were written, and think the books don’t have anything to teach us now because “we’ve come so far since then.” While I agree that we have made some great changes, there’s still a lot we can learn from the classics, and if nothing else we need to read some of them in order to understand where we are coming from.
Okay, I doubt most of my blog readers will take issue with the “unpopular” opinions I’ve posted here, but still. These are controversial in some circles, at least. Do you have any unpopular bookish opinions? Or do you disagree with any of mine?