Popularity Hate?

Recently, I have begun to notice a trend in popular books, especially YA ones. People hate them.
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Movie Tie-In Covers: Why We Need to Stop Hating

It seems that the thing to do when a movie comes out that’s based on a book is to create a new cover that reflects the movie and the characters in it. I’ve never really been a big fan of these movie tie-in covers, so I never really understood why they were so popular. I guess I figured people who preferred the movie covers to the originals were just people who only knew about the book because they watched the movie. The kind of people who were only going to imagine the characters as the movie ones and never do any imagining of their own. And then I realized it doesn’tĀ matter.

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Just Because It’s Famous

There’s a certain pressure in the world of reading. A pressure that anyone who reads often, and likes to give anything a try, will feel. This is the pressure of a famous book. The pressure to love, or hate, something based on it’s fame.

Last year, I decided I wanted to read Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5. I had heard about it a lot, especially when it comes to the famous “so it goes” line. It’s an older book, but people everywhere are still raving about it. I didn’t like it that much. It’s not that I didn’t like it because it was weird, I often love weird. It just didn’t seem as though-provoking andĀ emotional as so many reviews claimed it was. At times, I found it a little boring.

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YA Stigma

I often find myself in the bookstore with friends, nervously looking through the section labeled Fiction, but glancing longingly at the Young Adult (YA) section. That’s where I want to be because that’s where the books I want to read are. The problem is, there’s a stigma attached to literature labelled Young Adult. For some reason, people seem to think this means “Kid’s Books” which, therefore, means “Lower Quality”. This isn’t true.

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Literature vs Movies

I’ll be the first to admit I’m that person who says “the book was so much better” after almost every single movie I watch. And I’m that person who won’t go see a movie until I’ve read the book first. So yes, when it comes to books vs. movie adaptations I am normally (with maybe one or two exceptions) on the side of books. But what about those movies that are not based on books? What is their value as compared to books in general?

For a while now, I have been considering getting a tattoo. Now I have nothing against people with any kind of tattoo (and I understand the reason for getting almost anything) but for me personally, a quote is the only thing that will do. And quotes come exclusively from writers and books right? Well, maybe not.

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