When someone asks me what I’m reading I am always glad to tell them. I like spreading the words about books, and discussing books with people, but if I am reading a fantasy books I way too often get judged. I’ve several times tried to explain what the book I am reading is about (on their request), where they cut me of halfway through with the comment, “Ohh, so it’s like a fantasy book?” or something like that. I’ve also gotten comments like “Why don’t you read proper books?” or “Aren’t you too old for that??”. People think less of me as a reader, when they hear that I like fantasy. It’s horrible and it needs to stop.
I read books in almost every genre. Some of my favorite books of this year is Pride and Prejudice and The Book Thief, but it is also A Court of Mist and Fury. The fantasy genre is something many people think you only read when you are little and that is complete bullshit. People read fantasy in every age, which is great.
I imagine that the thing people think of when they hear the word fantasy is either books like Twilight or Game of Thrones. With that I mean, they either think of it as a cheesy romance novel about vampires or novel where they fight all the time (this isn’t necessarily my opinion on the books, but what I assume judgy people think of). Fantasy is so much more than that. It can have great diverse characters and can handle lots of mature topics. I could go on and on about why fantasy is a great genre, but I feel this isn’t the place where people need it explained.
I have had a period where I’ve tried to hide that I was reading fantasy due to people’s judgment, but I won’t take it anymore. I love fantasy and I will never get tired of it.
It is obviously not everyone who think this way. I know plenty of adult who doesn’t have a problem with it, but unfortunately also too many who think the opposite.
This has been on my mind for a while, and I am interested to hear if any of you have had similar experiences? Do you think my assumptions are correct, or do you think there are other reasons people are this judgy?