Thursday, 9 June 2011
Literary Blog Hop #1
This is my first time joining in the literary blog hop hosted by The Blue Bookcase.
Here's this week's question:
What other outside influences affect your reading experience? Do you think these influences enhance or detract from the experience?
In my teens I definitely developed a brief but powerful snobbery that I think related to my alienation at school. I wasn't in the 'cool' group and was considered a bit of a nerd - though not enough to be included in the 'nerd' group. I had a stage when I read only classics and would look down my nose at anyone reading anything more modern than the early 1900's. Thankfully I got over that in a short time. I still love my classics but mix things up now with modern literary fiction, paranormal etc.
I am happier now that I read a wide range of books, but I think my preference was a positive in some ways as I read so many books from the Penguin's Classics range and that knowledge led me to explore mythology and other subjects which have informed my reading since then.
I think anyone's reading choices are influenced by their own lives, beliefs and opinions. A homophobe is hardly going to pick up a gay novel, to use an extreme example. We may not realise it on a conscious level, but those inner criteria are still there. Perhaps they detract if it means we are not giving certain types of books a fair go, but maybe these criteria also lead us to the books we will enjoy and which enhance our reading experience.