I haven’t done a tag in quite a while, but I was recently tagged by Naemi at A Book Owl’s Corner to do the Bookish Snob tag and I thought the questions were great so had to give it a go!
Adaptation snob: Do you always read the book before watching the film/TV show?
In an ideal world, I would. However, it rarely plays out that way. If I know in advance that there’s going to be a film adaptation of a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while and I’m desperate to watch the film, then I will definitely make sure to read the book beforehand. With things like Bridgerton and The Alienist, I went straight to watch the TV show and have no intention of reading the book.
I do think that, generally, books tend to be better than their adaptation purely because when reading a book YOU get to imagine what the characters look and sound like, what the scenery and atmosphere feels like… It’s your interpretation. Whereas for a film, you’re getting the interpretation of another person. Sometimes that works and books can be adapted beautifully and can be everything we ever hoped for (like Little Women and The Lord of the Rings!), but sometimes it does fall short.
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?
Without a doubt, I would choose physical books. It’s taken me twenty five years to come to terms with eBooks (I’m only just now starting to get more into them) and I still haven’t got used to audiobooks. For me, there’s something so magical with a physical book. The touch of the pages, the history within it (I have so many vintage books that have cute little messages written inside from the early 1900s and its previous owner), the smell of the pages… I just love the feel of a physical book in my hand and eBooks and audiobooks just can’t replace that for me.
Ship snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?
Sure! I don’t see any issue with this, as long as he is ok with me reading and has a hobby to occupy his mind with.
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 think science fiction. I can’t remember any science fiction book that I’ve read and I don’t really have much interest in that genre. Feel free to change my mind and recommend some good science fiction books in the comments!
Über genre snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Can I say classics? I know that encompasses a lot of different genres so if that’s not an acceptable answer, then I will say Victorian classics to be a bit more precise. Either that or historical fiction because then I can read books set in all different time periods!
Community snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
I’ll have to agree with Naemi on this one and say women’s fiction or “chick lit”. I feel like people have an opinion that it’s cheesy, dumbed down writing. But, as far as I’m concerned, if there’s a specific genre that you love and it makes you happy, then that’s worthwhile reading. I love books because there are so many different genres and options for people and I don’t think it’s possible for people to say that they don’t like reading; they just haven’t found what they like yet! There shouldn’t be any shame or embarrassment attached to what people like to read and anything that gets you into reading is good.
That’s all the questions. Thank you for reading and thanks to Naemi for tagging me in this!
I’m not going to tag anyone in particular for this, but if you’re reading this now and thinking “that sounds interesting”, then please do the tag and let me know when you do!
Love, Zoë x