Can Of Worms Opened

On Twitter, I opened my mouth typed out that I needed some dating advice: Potential guy has AWFUL taste in literature (i.e. Koontz, King, and Grisham). Can I learn to love that?

Who knew this would open up a can of nightcrawlers that Dr. Zoidberg was waiting to devour?

Quite a few of you responded with words along the lines of, “What’s wrong with Koontz and King?”

That came after I received the response, “At least he reads.”

I will admit, I am a reading snob. Having been an avid reader since kindergarten (I was always one of the top readers in the class), I find it hard to believe that someone must be convinced to read. And to make it worse, I have grown picky about the authors I read: Miller, Nin, Murakami, Fitzgerald, Vonegut, Tanizaki, and Burroughs to name a few.

(The Anti-Reading Protest I participated in was simply for fun. We were bored and I have some very eccentric friends.)

I have to admit, my standards have gotten even higher as of late: many of my friends are excellent writers and therefore add to my prejudice. My skills next to theirs would be similar comparing The New York Times to

  1. I’m the same way with movies.

  2. I think it’s dumb to judge someone by what they read (sorry). Different people are looking to get different things out of the time they spend reading. I’ve read entire books on studies done in the 70’s, and Koontz books. Did I read Middlesex? Yes. Did I like it? Ehh. Does that mean I’m not smart or sophisticated or on your level? Ehh again, you know?

    I’d judge if someone said “Oh, I hate reading books, I only get magazines and look at the pictures,” but don’t see how it can be right to judge what people read, as long as they’re reading.

    Giving up on a guy just because you don’t think highly of what he reads is a bad idea, IMO.

    • njudah
    • October 14th, 2009 12:35pm


    let me just say…I hear ya. when I saw that I was all “say it sister.” I ain’t no snob but I’d rather read something really interesting, about something I don’t know or about a subject that enlightens me (fiction or non fiction) than one of ’em.

    I try reading those books myself and although I can blast through them very quickly (I, like you have been bit by the reading bug and have been since I was 2) I don’t get that much out of ’em. However, others do and if that’s their thing, cool.

    and I did go to the Dean Koontz panel (it was just him talking) at Comic Con in 2008 and that guy is freakin’ hilarious. He just talked off the top of his head for an hour or whatever and was really entertaining. His stories of making up papers for History Class in college because he wanted to practice his writing was amazing.

  3. I still say, at least he reads. and hell, if hes open minded, he might just take some of the book suggestions you offer up. Mine did, now I have him reading all sorts of stuff aside from King. A thing that makes me unbelivably happy.

    It just takes some patience… if everything else looks good. go for it and suggest (in a nice way) hitting the bookstore together, and then gently expand his horizons.

    • theletterkae
    • October 14th, 2009 7:58pm

    I am as well! Guys must hate me for my high standards.

    • theletterkae
    • October 14th, 2009 10:32pm

    I admit it, I am a book snob. Years of prepping as an English major (before I switched to film) is partly to blame. It’s not an automatic “make or break” deal, but it’s pretty close.

    We agree to disagree. :) I still like you, even if our literary tastes differ And if you hate me, I understand.

    • njudah
    • October 20th, 2009 9:31pm


    no one likes me…

    • theletterkae
    • October 21st, 2009 10:20am


    @njudah: Of course we do!

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