Here I am, back at it with another ‘Types of’ post! I figured since we’re nearing finals time that I didn’t have time to type up a review with gifs and things, and I don’t want to put out a half-arsed review, so I’m gonna do this kind of post for a bit until I can get past finals and into winter break!
So, onto the topic! I’m obviously a reader, and I love books with all of my heart, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some things that make me annoyed or confused about books or the bookish community that surrounds us, be it booktube or bookblr or any of those things. Now of course, this isn’t meant to bash anyone or attack anyone, but there are things that I think need to be addressed.
The Paper POC
This is when an author includes a POC of some sort into their book for no reason other than to claim diversity. This happens a lot and it’s really annoying. You can usually tell because it’s a lot more obvious than you might think. Usually the POC is very stereotypical, usually negatively. Either that or they are one of the only characters that are not fleshed out at all, and have maybe one or two lines and then you never hear or see them again even though they should have a big part based on the information they offer in those one or two lines.
Writing in Library Books
I love the library. Honestly, if I could live/work there I would. I am too young to work there unfortunately, and living there might be illegal, BUT I CAN DREAM. But sometimes I don’t want to check out a book from the library. Most of the time it’s because the book is great and I know I’m gonna love it so I want to buy it.
HOWEVER, sometimes I’m flipping through a library book, and I’m super interested in it! And then I see it. Highlighting, notes in the margin, even phone numbers in the back! In PEN! Pen or pencil, it’s super disrespectful, but it’s even more so when you can’t even get rid of it! What goes through a person’s head when they decide, “HEY! I’m gonna write in this library book that isn’t mine and then return it like some sort of jacka-”
ANYWAY, please don’t do that. Please don’t.
The Preaching Parchment
This is the book that just gives off that vibe of preachiness, you know what I mean? A lot of the time it’s about social media and about how dangerous it is, or something along those line. And it’s so obvious what they’re trying to do, and it’s not clever or insightful it just ends up being super annoying. Especially if the characters also reflect the mentality where the good characters don’t use the ‘bad thing’ the book preached about, and the dangerous/ignorant characters do, or something like that.
It’s just so…controlling? I don’t know how to explain it totally. It’s like such a black and white, uninformed view of things in my opinion. Most things have a good, bad, and gray area, and I don’t think it’s responsible to paint some things as completely bad or only leading to trouble just because you don’t understand it.
This is when some people read a book that they know they will dislike or that they know is not their cup of tea, just to hate it and rant about it. I don’t really understand this, and I’m not trying to bash anyone, but what’s the point? Why waste your time and your life on something that you know you’re going to dislike?
Maybe someone in the comments can let me know about this? Like, why do some people do this? Do they see themselves as some kind of martyr who has to read all the bad books and warn people? Are they the savior, rescuing people from bad books? I just can’t comprehend any reasoning for doing this.
And that’s all! This is finals week for me so this post isn’t as long as I want it to be, but thank you all for taking the time to read this and please leave comments of other things you all want to see from me!
Until next time,