Adaptation Snob – Do you always read the book before you see the movie or tv series?
I do prefer to read before I see the film but please don’t think too badly of my book snobbery. I just think books let us imagine how the world is, whereas films or TV offer a set vision.
There have been films that have astonishing things Atonement comes to mind because that wide shot over Dunkirk would be hard to establish in text and its stark and horrifying. There are some adaptations that upset me. Girl on a Train will forever be a very London book to me and I just couldn’t get my head around the change they made.
Like Emma, there’s some series I have really enjoyed and didn’t even know they were books. I enjoyed Outlander and one day will get to the books which everyone loves. I am not strict but I like to see what the original artist (the author) envisioned before I see the director’s point of view.
Format Snob – You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?
Although it would make me very sad I like the practicality of E-books and that as I always have my phone, I also always have my book. Can I still visit the library though, pleaaase?
Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?
Probably not! It’s bad enough being married to a non-fiction reader. Although if I was allowed to keep my physical books (see above) I guess it would give me more space on the shelves!
I actually enjoy the activity of sitting with someone and reading so I guess that’s quite important to me.
Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?
Anything too sci-fi for me or set in deep space. I tend to find I can’t suspend my disbelief enough. I am probably missing out on some great books though, I know.
Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Literary fiction because that can totally encompass historical and some fantasy and magical realism. I know, I am a cheat!
Authors such as Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Gunter Grass, James Joyce, JM Coetzee, Donna Taart have genuinely shaped my life. I would want other books too but on balance there’s plenty of literature I haven’t even tried yet so I would be best nourished by a diet of more literary works.
Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
I think the bookish community is pretty open to different genres. The rest of the world takes whole swathes of fiction written by women and tries to dismiss it with the title “Chick Lit”.
Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?
Well another mother once chided me saying she didn’t have time for reading with kids around. She made me feel like a terrible slattern as she looked at the state of my house as if we were living in the 1950s.I have written about making time to read. It’s essential for me. But its also considered a waste of time by many.
I also have kept a secret my love of children’s literature although I think that one is fairly mainstream now. Post Harry Potter, people seem more open to talk about their love and so I am more relaxed about people knowing I read (mainly re-read) children’s fiction.
I think I am definitely more snobby than I realise. I may challenge myself to listen to an audiobook of a sci-fi book to overcome it all.
Have you experienced snobbery or do you feel it yourself sometimes?
Feel free to play along!