Thursday, September 04, 2008

Booking Through Thursday -- Peer Pressure/Vampires and Librarians

I was looking through books yesterday at the shops and saw all the Twilight books, which I know basically nothing about. What I do know is that I’m beginning to feel like I’m the *only* person who knows nothing about them. Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought the expensive book (Australian book prices are often completely nutty) just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was reading. Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, etc, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?

I was planning to say, no. I don't feel the need to keep up with trends in popular literature. But staring me in the face is my last post for booking through Thursday in which I described the Twilight series mentioned above. So, let me say that vampires don't count. I read pretty much everything. This is a young adult series and I didn't pick it up right away. Someone at the books store suggested it. I'd finished the Tanya Huff series Bloodlines and she mentioned Twilight when I complained about being out of vampires.

I also have to say it is a bit different when reading becomes part of your professional life. I do have a sense, as a librarian, that I should at least be aware of trends. I read the best seller lists, awards lists, etc. and try to read at least some of the works. I make sure I've read the Newbery and Caldecott books every year. I also read the books from the Texas Bluebonnet list. Very often the children's books are better than the grown-ups. The NYT bestseller stuff I don't really count as personal reading. Very often I just skim them. Sometimes, I'll just take a few minutes in the bookstore and work my way through the new books shelf reading the book jackets, skimming the tables of content, etc.


Anonymous said...

I also feel naturally inclined to avoid the trends, but I work as a bookseller, so I do have to be up on what's current. I've read the Twilight books and really disliked them, but I do enjoy being able to have informed conversations with customers and clients when a book is getting so much attention.

Smilingsal said...

No one has time to read all the trends. I will not waste my reading time reading anything other than what I think will be enjoyable.

Conspiracy-Girl said...

Twilight made it into my past two BTT posts,too! Since fiction reading isn't really part of my profession, I don't usually feel the need to keep up with trends but, like you said, vampires don't count!

On a side note, I couldn't resist reading your post entitled "Pickup Truck Porn." It made me laugh out loud. I could see myself having a similar discussion with my husband but we have yet to see anything like that in NE Ohio!