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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-03-12 03:52 pm

[ SECRET POST #3721 ]

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 09:22 pm (UTC)(link)
i mean, if you read one book a year, i can see how someone might not consider you that much of a reader. y'know, considering that you don't do that much reading.

on the other hand, that kind of policing is pretty funny, because it can lead to a lot of related arguing – say, if that one book you read is some deeply philosophical work of art, wouldn't it make you more of a bibliophile than the person whose high horse is made of crappy ya novels? if you give that one book a lot of thought, doesn't it make you a 'better' reader than the person who rushed through twenty books in a few months to hit some arbitrary mark, but can barely remember them in the next year?

so yeah, i'm with you. there's a lot of ~*bibliophile*~ stuff that i just can't relate to. another one of mine is hardcover editions – sure, they're pretty, but they're twice the price for the same content and they're hardly ever handy, which, as an opinion, might well get you staked. i also like ebooks, because i travel a lot, which is also a cardinal sin in some circles.

tbh, in terms of argumentation, it reminds me a bit of that time a few years ago when Being An Introvert was suddenly considered some sign of having a high intellect, quirkiness, and general superiority by a vocal few. sorry, the extend to which you enjoy/need/want company has no bearing on whether or not you're a numbnut.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)
> if that one book you read is some deeply philosophical work of art

Not impressive either. You're not going to gain very much from it unless you already have a thorough grounding in the subject - which you'd have to get from reading other books. And once you do have a thorough grounding, it shouldn't take you an entire year to read and understand. Philosophy is hard, but it's not that hard.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-12 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
yeah, that was kind of my point. you can argue the hows and whats and whys of reading for days and days, you're guaranteed to come up with a bottomless pit of (un)necessary credentials and hard-to-gauge criteria, and at the end of the day (and after an eternity of arguing), the only thing that really matters is whether or not you're reading.

i guess one thing you could make a solid case for is reading comprehension.