Have you ever gotten caught up in genre shaming? What do you think about it?
Bookworms like to read – period. Does it really matter what we read? I say, no, it doesn’t. So what if we’re grown ups who enjoy YA? So what if someone only reads romance aka “smut”? Why do some people who read “literary fiction” tend to look down their noses at that? I say we’re all reading and that is wonderful. Reading is a hobby, and we should be able to pick the books and genre that makes us happy to be a reader. I don’t think I’ve been a victim of genre shaming as an adult but I remember when a friend of mine always had her nose in the latest Harry Potter (in class!!) she got some flack for it. Well, to be fair, it was high school. But I think we’ve moved past that kind of stuff.
I have never really been a one to shame another for what he or she reads. Just the fact the someone is reading is impressive to me. I have felt sometimes that I am judged for liking the books I like to read. I really enjoy YA and NA books, and sometimes I feel that others think these are not worthy books. Who is to say what is worthy and what is not???? I say read what you enjoy and let the shamers go hang.
Honestly, I say read what you want. And don’t worry about what other people think. Sure, I’ve seen the genre or author shaming going on, especially on Facebook. I tend to steer clear of all that drama. And I’d probably stop reading books by authors if I became aware of that kind of behavior. I’ve never really been the kind of person who worries about what other people think. Especially about what I am reading. Ok, sure, it probably helps reading on an e-reader so no one can actually see what I’m reading. But I don’t think I’ve ever really been ashamed of anything I’ve read. I say be strong. Read what you want. And don’t be ashamed. Of any books.