Reading Books

The other day a friend of mine made a comment that irked me. We were talking about reading books and I mentioned how I read plenty of books, and he followed that by saying I only read “junk books.”

At first I thought he meant comic books, but after a minute I realized he meant my books were junk because they are fiction. Really? This year I have read a good amount of books, almost all of which were fiction. I guess George Carlin’s book would be sort of non-fiction?

Apparently, reading non-fiction makes my friend feel superior to me. Personally, I do not try to put myself above anyone for what they read. I feel that reading is something everyone should do, no matter what subject. Unfortunately, it seems non-fiction folks always like to set themselves atop a pedestal.

Naturally the argument went to what kind of fiction I read, and he felt his point was validated because I said fantasy as one of the genres. It did not matter that I read other genres, that was the one he wanted to focus on.

Anyways, not a whole lot of a point to this post, just wondering if other people ever get that kind stupidity from folks.

3 thoughts on “Reading Books

  1. that is some retardedness. i read non-fiction because most fiction bores me. i like films cause they are great stories compact. i like to read to get info really more than anything. but its what i enjoy.

    i can’t stand people that think they are too cool for school.

    and, comics can be great literature. rules are for the weak.

  2. Haha, I’m the exact opposite of Jason. I read fiction because most non-fiction bores me. To tears occasionally. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m woefully uninformed about certain aspects of human existence, and I’m perfectly fine with that.

    I know it’s silly to base my presidential vote on SNL sketches, but there’s only so much time in a day and I find much more enjoyment reading about alien serial killers than global warming. Unless its an awesome global warming book like Crichton’s State of Fear.

  3. I’ve gotten that attitude before, though never in such a directly confrontational way.

    I’m like Gideon – I read fiction because much non-fiction bores me. I read for the same reason I watch TV and play video games: escape. entertainment.

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