Saturday, January 17, 2015

FYI: If You Don't Like My Blog Stop Reading It!

I am so sick of being told that my blog and I are wrong.  If you don't like what I write then stop reading it.  Don't be mean to me because you don't like what I have to say.

Let's just cover the latest nasty comments so we can move on knowing what a horrible person I am.

1)  I'm stupid.  I've had several comments about my stupidity lately.  I'm either stupid for not understanding an author's book properly (thank you to that gem of an author) or I'm just plain all around stupid.  Either way I'm apparently too stupid to be writing a blog.  Because clearly only those with advanced degrees in literature can write a book blog and oh gee darn, I don't have a degree in literature.

2)  I'm racist/homophobic/classist.  I've also been told recently that my reading is too narrow and that I'm any number of horrible things because of it.  Apparently I can no longer read what I want to in my own home because the literary snobs in the book blogging world think I'm bad person.  You'd think I was sitting here doing something genuinely evil.  All I want to do is read books that I enjoy.  That shouldn't be a crime but apparently it is in the book blogging world.  How dare I want to read something that I like?  I should clearly only be reading books that are good for me.  And, those written by authors who are a different race than me, homosexual, and a different class.  I'm not sure how the class thing works since I'm white and should have some sort of "white guilt".  That's interesting since the authors are making a hell of a lot more money than I am but I'm the one who is being classist.  So, according to the other nasty bloggers out there I should only be reading books by black (or some other race that isn't white) gay people.  But, I'm also not being properly feminist if I don't read lots of books by women.  So, regardless of whether it's a book that I want to read or if it's any damn good I should read the latest book by whoever "they" deem appropriate because it's the "right" thing to do.  I don't understand why as a human being I can't just read what I want.  Apparently I can't though.  Perhaps it's a result of my stupidity (see #1).

Well, newsflash here.  I am an adult.  I am no longer in school.  I can choose what I want to read.  If I want to read nothing but Beatrix Potter books then that's my prerogative.  I genuinely don't even know what the race or sexual orientation is of 99.9% of the authors I read.  I don't care.  If they're a good author I don't give a crap if they are black or white or orange with purple spots, if they prefer men or women or both or none.  I don't care if they're freaking aliens or a hamster with a typewriter.  I shouldn't have to check the back of a book and put back something I want to read because it's "wrong".   Oops!  I have to put back that James Dashner book because he's white and an man but that Deepak Chopra book might acceptable because he's not white, but he's not a woman so it's not really okay either.  The Sara Shepard book is borderline as well since she is a woman (points there) but she's white and not gay.   To expect me to run an Internet search on every single author to see if they are "acceptable" is unreasonable.  I read to enjoy myself or to learn something.  I shouldn't have to be criticized because what I read isn't what you deem acceptable.  If you have a problem with what I read then that's your problem, not mine.

Well, now that we have that cleared up, feel free to unsubscribe/unfollow/block me/whatever but do not make mean comments about me or my blog in the future.  It's unacceptable behavior that will not be tolerated.


Becca Lostinbooks said...

I think you should be free to read what you want to read. You know me, I like to read books by all kinds of people and seek that out, but if you don't want to choose books that way then you shouldn't choose books that way. Is it not better to not make any decisions at all based on color/creed and just enjoy or not enjoy a book based on the author's storytelling skill? I don't understand why people are insulting you. It's not like you are going out of your way to read only dead white guys or something. Sometimes there is too much snap judging without really knowing the whole picture.

Colleen Turner said...

That is absolutely horrible that people are telling you what to read or what not to read! The arrogance that people think they have the right to do that! And an author saying you are stupid because you somehow weren't in their head and didn't "get" what they were trying to do?...just right them off as pompous and elitist. You keep doing what you're doing and don't give it another thought!

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