This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
Suggested by JM:
I was looking through books yesterday at the shops and saw all the Twilight books, which I know basically nothing about. What I do know is that I’m beginning to feel like I’m the *only* person who knows nothing about them.
Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought the expensive book (Australian book prices are often completely nutty) just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was reading.
Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, etc, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?
Yes, I do feel the pressure. Some books become almost part of a generation. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are more adult-type books, but Indian in the Cupboard and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe are a couple of books that EVERYONE seems to read when they’re younger…though I never did.
What is weird is that the other day I mentioned to someone that I didn’t absolutely love The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and she said: You never like the good books.
I was really taken aback. I didn’t know that I HAD to like any books, nor did I know I was being judged for my taste.
So the follow-up question I’d like to discuss now, is Do you feel pressure to LIKE a popular book? Have you ever pretended to like a book when you didn’t? Sometimes I wonder if I should pretend to like certain books, just so I don’t have to deal with comments like, You never like the good books.