The Book Snob Tag

I found this tag on Jen Jen Reviews, and she believes the original tag is from Tia & All the Books, so I’m going to take her word for it!

I love book tags, but lately it’s been hard for me to find ones that I haven’t done or that aren’t based on a book/TV series that I haven’t read yet. This one seemed like fun!

ADAPTATION SNOB: Do you always read the book before watching the film/ TV show?

I try to! I remember going to see Eragon when it came out, and I literally bought the book about thirty minutes before we walked into the theater. I spent the time before the movie started trying to read the book, and realized only after getting through the prologue that the movie was going to be nothing like the book, and that is where my distrust of book-based movies came from.

Sometimes, though, I don’t realize that something is based on a book, and while I usually try to read it after watching it, I don’t always get around to it. And sometimes I realize I love the movie or show so much that I don’t want to read the book and find out that the adaptation is terrible, so I just never read it.

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?

If space isn’t an issue, it would absolutely be physical books. I love the feeling of physical books, I love the smell of physical books – but at this moment in time, I can neither afford nor store all of the physical books that I would like to have. (Seriously – I’ve got books stacked sideways on my one bookshelf because they don’t fit the proper way any more and I’m trying to shove as many as I can on there. It’ll probably collapse in the middle of the night at some point.)

If space is an issue, I would have to say ebooks. I’ve been using my Kindle a lot for reading lately (mostly because of the aforementioned physical book buying ban) and it’s so handy to always have your entire library with you if you’re traveling. I have a Kindle Keyboard 3 and a Kindle Fire 7 (the KK3 is for long trips and the KF7 is for reading around the house, because battery life). I love both of them.

SHIP SNOB: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

So I actually dated a non-reader once, and it was a terrible decision. I have a lot of regrets about that relationship, but the fact that he didn’t actually read books should have been the biggest red flag and gotten me out of it a lot sooner than I actually did.

I’m now married to a reader, and he moved into my apartment with two bookshelves full of books and then we realized that we don’t have room for all of the physical books that we buy, and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to buy a house sometime in the next two years or so and we can make a library! I’ve actually had to stop buying physical books (I do keep my Fantastic Strangelings subscription going – it’s only one book a month, I think I can afford that for now!) and I only read/borrow books on my Kindle.

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

At first I thought I was going to go with “Romance,” because I obviously already never read that genre, but after some thinking, I almost want to say YA. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to read so many YA books and end up getting bored with them or frustrated with the teenage protagonist (“Daddy I love him!” “You’re only 16 – you don’t know him!” kind of dialogue in my head). Sometimes it’s actually stressful. I’ve tried several books recently and a lot of the time, I’ve ended up putting the YA books down and DNFing them because they are just way too…immature? Like, I lived through high school, I don’t want to go back and relive what were some of the worst years of my life. There are so many other books out there!

UBER GENRE SNOB: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

It would have to be fantasy. There are so many different types of fantasy out there and it’s hard to pick just one type that I love! There’s dystopian fantasy, there’s high fantasy, there’s space fantasy — you can find anything and everything that you want under this genre umbrella!

COMMUNITY SNOB: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

I used to see a lot of people picking on kids/middle grade fiction, because they were often aimed towards the younger crowd (uh, duh?) and they’re not as complex. My husband isn’t a huge fan of the Percy Jackson books because he thinks they’re terribly written and boring while I love them (but I can kind of see where he’s coming from because they are definitely written for younger kids). I don’t know if this is still a thing that people pick on, but it’s a little irritating.

And there you have it – six snobby revelations from yours truly! What about you? Do you hold any of the same opinions or does your snobbery lie elsewhere? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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