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Sometimes you just got to get it out!

When I started this blog, I said I wouldn’t have any ranting posts. I wouldn’t do it because everyone has their own opinion and that is exactly how it should be. Also, ranting posts tend to get everyone rather passionate and I didn’t want anyone to get bad ideas about me 😀

But something over the weekend riled me to the point I just have to get it out before I burst!

So, I was doing a little bit of pinning on Pinterest on the weekend, and I see a picture pop up.

It was a picture of Stephen King with a quote from him:

‘Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing
what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it
is to have a boyfriend.’

I’ve seen lots of people slamming Twilight and other such books and I’m pretty tired of it. Like I said, I try not to get riled up by things like this, because everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

But it is beginning to feel like it’s everyone’s opinion just because it’s the popular one.

And it’s driving me up the wall! 😀

Twilight is about Bella and Edward’s love for each other, and how it’s consuming and that is the most important thing to them.

So what?

I don’t really understand what people were expecting from a teenage romance book? I mean, really?

Comparing Twilight to Harry Potter is like comparing pop music to heavy metal, it doesn’t work. They are separate.

There was a campaign not long ago about not being ashamed about what you read, and I am a HUGE advocate of that.

So when you see people saying not to be ashamed, to read what you want, and then they turn around and say you shouldn’t be reading something because it’s shallow or because the character is one-dimensional? Bit hypocritical.

It almost feels like there is shame in reading a book for fun, just for pure enjoyment. There always has to be some moral or lesson to a book in order for it to be ‘worthy’ to read.

True, books can teach us a lot, and they can help us grow and learn. But what is so wrong with reading a book because enjoyment is the main focus of the story, rather than an underlying lesson?

Twilight is mostly slammed because they think Bella is all about getting a boyfriend. Yeah, so what? If that’s what people want to read, then let them!

I doubt the majority would read that book and look at her as a role model, but what’s wrong with reading about her story and enjoying it?

Bella is a character and her whole focus is Edward. If you don’t think that’s a good character, don’t read the book! It’s a pretty simple solution.

Now, this isn’t all about Twilight 😀 It’s just the one that gets brought up A LOT and I am using it as an example for all those books that seem to only get judged on popular opinion.

I read Twilight when I was younger, and granted, it got a little weird at the end, but in all I enjoyed it.

When I talked to a friend and said this, she went off on a long rant about how bad it was and how awful it was to enjoy such a simple book, with dull, weak female characters.

Turns out she never even read the books.

I’ve also read a lot of other books where love is the main focus of a character, where they are lost without the other. And, low and behold, I haven’t grown into a simpering damsel-in-distress, anyone who knows me knows that is far from who I am!

You know what, you enjoy Twilight? Then good on you!

You want to read a book where romance is the main focus? Good on you!

You want to read a book where murder is the main focus? Good on you!

You want to read a book where erotica is the main focus? Good on you!

You want to read a book about wizards? Good on you!

You want to read a book that isn’t popular, but you can still admit you enjoyed it? Then you are the kind of person that other people should be looking to for opinions, not those that judge a book on what others think.

Books should be about enjoyment, escapism. Not everything in this world has to be about something more. That may sound shallow, but in today’s world where it can get a bit overwhelming and every time you turn on the news something awful has happened, sometimes I just want a story to get lost in and not think about the deeper meaning.

Just because someone else enjoyed a book, does it affect anyone else in any way? No, it doesn’t. What someone else enjoys and reads has absolutely no bearing on what another person enjoys, so why should it be allowed to judge someone so harshly on it?

I am a strong enough person to read what I want and have no shame in it. If someone mocks me for my choice of book, then I just ignore them. Their opinion doesn’t matter and it certainly won’t change what I like just because they think it’s wrong.

But what about those people who are influenced? Should they be stopped from reading what they want because others say so? Should they be dictated to about what they should be enjoying?

No.

Everyone should have the freedom to read exactly what they want without suffering under the mockery or judgement of others, no matter if that book is about a girl who only wants a boyfriend or is about a boy who is trying to get through wizarding school.

It’s 2014, we should have grown to the point that this isn’t even an issue.

Fact: Everyone likes different things. It’s what makes us individual and makes this world interesting.

Annnnnndddd…. Rant ended!

On a lighter note! My new book, The Magic Spark, is released tomorrow! 😀 Very excited for that!

Progress Report:

Status of The Magic Spark: Working on paperback cover. Everything else is done!

Books read: 3/4

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57 thoughts on “Sometimes you just got to get it out!

  1. Book snobbery is very annoying. As you said, disliking a book for your own reasons based on your own tastes is fine, but it’s never okay to slam other people’s tastes.

    In an age when a lot of people don’t even read, we shouldn’t be bad mouthing any of the ones who do 🙂

  2. I’ve seen that quote before and the Twilight thing is rather bizarre. I had no interest in the series, but I know a lot of people who are rabidly against it. Several of them seem to think Bella is an insult to Hermione Grainger, which makes no sense. In all honesty, the Twilight fad has run its course and its gone the way of Eragon with the fans sticking to them and the non-fans moving on. It’s the haters that seem to be unable to let the series go, which is kind of sad and disturbing.

  3. There will always be someone with an opinion, someone powerful enough to influence others. But as long as we stay true to ourselves, be as supportive as we can to others and hold off the judgement, the power will be ours. I can understand your need to rant, you’re a supportive person and sometimes the negativity banded about just sticks in the throat! 🙂

  4. I enjoyed reading your post! I see a lot of Twilight bashing, and it is surprising how many people are willing to slam books without even cracking the cover. To each his/her own! 😀 I mean, at least they’re reading, right?

  5. I’ll just leave this here.

    That’s basically what it boils down to. Granted, on the other hand, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with expressing what you don’t like about something, as long as it’s not degrading people who do like it. For example, I don’t like Twilight, because the theme doesn’t catch me and I find it to be written in a style I don’t enjoy. But it’s still on my bookshelf, and I’m not going to hold it against you if you do enjoy it. Just like I wouldn’t expect someone to hold it against me that I love Terry Pratchett. Then there’s stuff like Piers Anthony, who I know is bad, but I love it anyway, lol.

  6. I’m personally not a fan of Twilight, but I will never bash it to someone who loves it! What is important to me is that people are developing a love for reading and books. Twilight got a lot of teens and adults to pick up a book (or series). It got them to go to the library or bookstore to check out more books. That is very important.

    Great post. Book snobbery is a huge turn-off for me as well.

    • That’s exactly true. What does it matter what the story content is, as long as it gets people interested in reading? A lot of those tweens that read Twilight will probably have found their love of reading through it 😀

      Thank you so much for adding to this! 🙂

      • You’re very welcome! When I was student teaching years ago, I noticed how few kids were reading. It was weird to me, because I was always the kid with at least one book I was reading. But series such as Twilight and HP really sucked those kids in and made them readers. It was a beautiful thing 🙂

  7. Great post!

    That’s what I like about what I call Fusion Fiction. Crossing genre lines within one work offers the opportunity to focus on whatever part of the experience you want. If you’re looking for a love story, wallow in it. If you like to puzzle out paranormal clues, have at it. If you want to get inside the heads of characters in a psychological melodrama, go for it. If you’re into to learning facts or skills, or traveling to a different place or time to experience a culture or history, more power to you. If you need encouragement from something that’s uplifting, inspirational, metaphysical or visionary, be my guest. If you enjoy thought-provoking controversy or pungent social commentary, prepare to be provoked. If it’s fiction that lets me join up the dots in a different way, every time I re-read it, you’ll find that novel in my bookcase.

    Does all fiction have to mix genres? No. Fusion Fiction just happens to be as varied as even only one life can be. (Which is my rant about the dogma that writers should stick to one genre. Thanks for sharing your soapbox. You can have it back, now.) 🙂

    • I think reading varied genres is a great thing to do as well, anyone to open people up to new experiences is brilliant! 😀

      Doesn’t matter what you enjoy reading, as long as you aren’t worried about enjoying it because of what others might say, right?

      Thank you so much for adding to this, it’s great to read your input! 🙂

  8. Awesome post!
    I was just thinking about this very thing. I read mostly to escape the harsh reality of life that I deal with in my day job. It’s also why I write romance. Is that the only type of books I like? No, sometimes I want something with a little more depth and meaningful. I’m not ashamed that yes, I like the light stuff too (and sometimes trashy). Thank you for your post.

    • Exactly!
      I like to read for fun, doesn’t matter what it is, I just want to pick up a book and have fun with it 😀 And like you say, sometimes that lighter reading, other times that’s jumping into in epic series.

      Thank you so much for commenting, glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  9. Great post. Truly anyone should read what they enjoy and write what they enjoy. I have not read Harry Potter or Twilight, but readers who have are entitled. I think about personalities in writing like Anne Rice and Stephen King. She’s such a lady and he is such a gentleman, yet they both write some of the most horrific stories ever gone to print. Personalities of readers and writers should never be based on their writing and I think readers do that. There are so many personalities in this world, not everybody is going to like everything written, but they should never condemn someone else for enjoying it.

    • You’re so right, and that is exactly how it should be! Writers, readers, everyone is individual! We need to realise that we all have varying tastes and embrace that, instead of getting upset when our opinions differ 😀

      Thank you so much for adding to this with your comment 🙂

  10. I just love it when people read. My ex had negative opinions about a lot of books and he wasn’t a reader. I remember that he made me cry when reading The Hunger Games because he hated names like ‘tracker jacker.’

    • I don’t understand why people can such offense at what other people enjoy, never made sense to me! Everyone has their own things they like, and it has nothing to do with others!

      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

    • Exactly, everyone id entitled to their own opinion, and that should be encouraged, but it shouldn’t be ok to shove that idea onto others if their opinion differs!

      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

  11. Hi Mishka. This your blog, so if you want to express your strong opinion on something, then you should, and your blog is the perfect place to do it.

    Thats what this post is all about, right? Freedom.

    There is nothing wrong with liking books or movies purely for entertainment value. We all need escapism from reality. For some, escapism comes with romance, others fantasy, and so on.

    I have to admit that I have not read the Twilight books. I watched all the movies with my sons. They loved them. I didnt. They didnt inspire me to read the books. But my sister and her two daughters did, and loved them. But I loved Harry Potter.

    Sometimes, we just make connections, and sometimes we dont. In that case it was nothing to do with the fact it was all about romance. I just didnt gel with the characters. Thats just the way it goes, I guess.

    There are many books in all genres which provide pure entertainment value, and thats just fine. I never liked James Bond, but I loved Indiana Jones. The list goes on.

    A very thought provoking post!

  12. Hehehe, I say it’s fine to rant every once in a while. 🙂

    My sis-in-law read Twilight. It didn’t impress her, but she didn’t outright hate it either. And then the fans and the mass media hit. It was a bit like an overplayed song on the radio for her. But changing the station wasn’t an option because that same song flooded every station. So her choices became inundation or isolation.

    Now, she hates Twilight. But it wasn’t the book that ruined it for her. 🙂

  13. I agree the stigma is there for the Twilight books. I think the biggest thing is that she literally goes comatose for months. I understand that Meyer was trying to portray a broken heart and the feeling of total loss. I just think it also came across as pathetic.

    That being said, I loved the books when I read them. It may have been where I was emotionally at the time, but I devoured them.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Period end if story. That is just the way it is. This is why there are soooo many genres available.

    • I can see why a lot of people didn’t like the character of Bella.

      But yeah, there are a great deal of books where people don’t like the characters or story, and it gets slammed by the majority, so a lot of people are put off. Which is always a shame!

      Thank you so much for commenting, it’s really nice to hear what other think on this topic 🙂

  14. I will say this. I’m on both sides of the fence with this. Now let me explain. I read and love the Twilight saga. I recognize the relationship between Bella and Edward as a dependency relationship. They are both the best and worst thing for each other. I loved the idea behind the story, but it was the relationship between the two (and the comatose for months thing was actually where I started hating Edward and then hating her for taking him back when he returned) that set me off because it was (to me) more harmful than helpful to either of them.

    To me, the book embodies a lot of what I see in relationships today, and could be an AWESOME reminder to people how some relationships are just plain bad (even without the paranormal elements 😉 ).

    What I bash the book for (because I do) is the fact that people WANT a real relationship like that. I just go RAWRGA FLARGA about the whole thing while throwing my hands in the air. That said, I don’t tell people they can’t read it, and I never will. Nor will I degrade them if they have read it. Like I said, I read and personally love the books. (Though I will honestly admit, I think The Host is better.) Degrading someone for their choice of reads is disgraceful. I don’t want anyone telling me what I can and can’t read, so I will not do the same to others.

    I love your rant about it. 😀

    • I can completely understand what people get a bit upset about in Twilight! The relationship is a little awkward at some points, and not exactly what people should be aspiring to.

      Though I do hope most readers can read the story and enjoy it for the story, and not think real relationships should be like that 😀

      But yeah, being able to enjoy a book without having people criticise you for it is what is the most important, and everyone will take something different from the books.

      Also, I hope the phrase, ‘RAWRGA FLARGA’ gets entered into the dictionary, because it’s a great way to explain that reaction! 😀

      Thank you so much for commenting and adding your opinion on this, it’s great to hear what others think 🙂

  15. It’s a free country, and we’re all adult enough to make our own choices. I can see the appeal of Twilight, or any other such similar book, especially in the early parts of the series, where there was so much left to the imagination. And I, for one, can’t always read ‘heavy’ literary works, that would just be so depressing — variety is a great exercise. Also, I find it unprofessional when writers, musicians, etc. criticize one another. It doesn’t make me think more of such person, but often I see some sort of jealousy at play and simply dismiss it. Great, interesting post.

    • Yeah, I find it difficult as well when other professionals criticise each other’s work, especially harshly! There’ s no need for it really.

      Thank you so much for commenting, glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  16. Even though Twilight didn’t make it on my favourites list and the writing didn’t move me, the plot was intriguing and interested me. I wish other people would give books or films a chance before forming opinions on them. I think you make some really strong points about reading preferences and the freedom to read what you like. 🙂

    • I was only using Twilight as an example, as it’s the one that gets used the most! 😀

      But yeah, you’re exactly right, people at least need to read the books before forming an opinion!

      Thank you so much for commenting, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  17. I enjoyed Twilight and it was the last book I read for pleasure. It has been many years, as I returned to school and just don’t have the time. But, I don’t think Stephenie Meyer is a great writer, I enjoyed them and I liked the premise. Anne Rice, was a great writer…yes, she is still alive, seems she lost her mojo. Please don’t get mad at me. lol

  18. Nice post.
    Well to be honest, I have read both the books and nothing can compare to the magic that Rowling has created. I believe for a guy Twilight is a ‘secret’ reading. You wont see most of us going on about how we have read or seen the movies, unless we want to get ganged up and beaten. Jokes apart, Twilight doesn’t offer a lot of lessons to take home, and I always encourage kids to read books that have a solid lesson behind them (Always make them read, to Kill a Mockingbird). On the other hand, Harry Potter books are all about teaching your kids the right things, while falling in love with the characters.

    • You bring up a good point though, men should have the freedom to read whatever they like as well, even if that is romance, or YA, or whatever men get judged on!

      Anyone of any gender should be able to pick up a book and read it without fear of what others think.

      Thank you so much for adding your input to this 🙂

  19. You are actually my favourite person in the world right now. I’m one of the few people who read and enjoyed the Twilight series and didn’t like the HP series, and I am so sick and tired of people looking down their noses at me for it. Do I like Twilight? Yes! Do I think Meyer’s writing is lovely? Yes! Do I sincerely believe the kind of relationship portrayed could ever work out in the real world? No, of course not. Has my writing or my personality been degraded because of it? I most certainly don’t think so!

    Everybody needs to read this post, seriously. Such a refreshing point of view on a tired situation.

    • You’re point is exactly right! Just because you can enjoy the story, doesn’t mean you’re suddenly going to turn around and think that is real life or view that character as a role model. Sometimes I just want to read for the story 😀

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you so much for adding your input to it! 🙂

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