Friday Feature #3: What if they don’t like the same book that I love?

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Feature Friday is a new meme by yours truly, Meleika from Endless Pages, where I let other bloggers flaunt their own opinions through reviews or have them post a discussion about anything and everything. Anyone can feature ! If you'd like to, contact me. 

(Disclaimer: All posts are done by different bloggers and I may or may not agree with what they like to post. We are all different people and will share different views and opinions. Everything is open to discussion. If anyone finds anything offensive, feel free to contact me)

Today I'm featuring Maryam ! She usually blogs at Once Upon a Story . You can also find her on twitter 

What if they don’t like the same book that I love?

Have you ever read that over-hyped book and then realized that you immensely hated it, so you just stare dubiously at the people who love that book and wonder what is wrong with them? Or have you ever love that over-hyped book SO MUCH that it KILLED you to see that one black sheep who hated it? Honestly, I’ve never experienced the first part. But the second one? YEAH, every single time.

Recently, I met Josephine from Word Revel and Elaine (@ofdustandstarlight), and I noticed something. Most of the books that I immmmmensely LOVE, they kinda didn’t like them very much. And normally, I would be annoyed and frustrated, like WHY WON’T YOU LIKE MY FAVORITE BOOKS?! But I wasn’t. In actual fact, I was rather amused, listening to their reasons as to why they did not love the books. And finally, I accepted the fact that we all have different tastes in books.

Hence, that’s the whole point: Everyone has different tastes in anything. It saddens me when I see someone being shunned by certain bloggers, because that someone didn’t like the hyped-up book. It also breaks my heart whenever I see someone having to apologise for being the black sheep in the community. I mean, NO, you shouldn’t have to apologise or feel bad about not liking a book that everyone loves, because NEWS FLASH: EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT TASTES, and that’s okay.

But then someone asks, “But I can’t help feeling angry when I see someone not liking a book that I really love. What do I do?” What you should do, my dear friend, is face the reality. Yes, you are allowed to be annoyed and even frustrated. I do get it, because I feel that way too. Like you said, it can’t be helped. But what you SHOULD NOT do are to hate on someone, or even criticize them for not liking said book.

Think of it this way: If you hate chocolates (which is possible), would you want everyone to be angry at you for hating chocolates? No, right? Well, that goes for books too. Different people likes different books. And THAT’S OKAY.

ALSO, it works both ways. Hence, for those of you who hates those hyped-up books, THAT’S FINE TOO. But please, JUST PLEASE, don’t be rude about it. I’ve seen Goodreads reviewers actually being really rude and harsh, taking it to a point where they insult EVERYONE who love that particular book. I mean, yes, I get that you don’t like it and you’re probably wondering what’s wrong with everyone who loves the book. But it doesn’t mean that you can openly criticise the whole community for loving it. OKAY?

So the whole point that I want to make is that BE NICE. It pays to be nice. You don’t have to be rude to people who are different, and you don’t get to be cynical because YOU’RE different. Just. BE. NICE.
4 comments on "Friday Feature #3: What if they don’t like the same book that I love?"
  1. I VERY much agree with the "just be nice". Because like, of course we are going to disagree! I have been the black sheep enough times to know this ;) But like, when people get rude on others' posts? Crossing the line, for sure.

    But I DO get what you're saying about the favorite book thing- I get irrationally angry when people don't like The Hunger Games! And I never SAY anything, but I totally am internally saying "What is their problem!? Do they not understand LIFE?"

    I have seen some of the Goodreads comments, and just WHY? Why do people do this? I don't know what they think they're accomplishing! I mean, you aren't going to suddenly MAKE someone like the book, so why be rude? Love this post, it's a great reminder!

  2. This is really important! Last year, I totally disliked a book that was over-hyped and a lot of my followers didn't understand why, but they were never rude. I did wonder once or twice what was wrong with them, but I never said anything and I was never rude either.

    Really great post!

    Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess

  3. To each his or her own! <3 Not angry but more like, I get upset when they don't like it. Like, sad. But then I get over it coz again, to each his or her own.

  4. This was a great post! Everyone does have their own opinions and tastes and when I see someone else's review that differs from mine I try to keep an open mind. Attacking or hating someone for differences of opinion though is just not acceptable.


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