Thursday, April 19, 2007
- Okay, there must be something you read that's a guilty pleasure . . . a Harlequin romance stashed under the mattress. A cheesy sci-fi book tucked in the back of the freezer. A celebrity biography, a phoned-in Western . . . something that you'd really rather not be spotted reading. Even just a novel if you're a die-hard non-fiction fan. Come on, confess. We won't hold it against you!
- I'm probably going to sound sanctimonious here, but I don't really mean to. The only thing I might not want to be spotted reading in public is erotica, and only if it's quite obviously erotica on the cover. If you scroll around here a bit, you'll notice I'm not particularly shy about letting everybody know exactly what I'm reading and what I think of it.
Like lots and lots of other people, I used to be defensive about being seen reading romance in public. Later it was just the mantitty covers that embarrassed me. But the more I got involved in reader/writer communities online, and the older I got, the more I felt like taking a little, mini stand.
See, I know I'm not stupid. And it finally occurred to me that someone who would criticize or think less of another person because of what they read is not someone whose opinion I value. So I make it a point to not hide my book, whether the covers have mantitty or chicks in chainmail (sf/f, silly) or even if they're kids books.
And am not shy posting "chatty" online either, even though I am shy in public.
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