Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Don't Judge A Person By The Books They Read (Or Write)

I read this comment on the incredibly cool blog Underground New York Public Library, where Ourit posts photos of people reading on New York City subways. How amazing is that?!

Anyway, I found myself nodding along to what this person wrote. Yes, I thought, I do that too! Does the book a person is reading match with who I think they are as a person? Most of the time that answer is no. But then again, I don't know this person because they're a complete stranger. Maybe that kind of book is something they always read, or maybe they picked it up on a whim, or maybe the book was a gift.
The same goes with what a person writes. At one point this subject came up with two people from my class. One woman said that she was suprised at times with what kind of story someone turned in. As a small, shy girl who writes sci-fi / alternative history, I was curious if they were suprised by what I wrote. They said they were, and for some reason that didn't surprise me and also made me kind of happy. I guess I like baffling people.

Are you ever surprised by what you see a person reading? Or when you find out they wrote a story and you had a completely different person in mind? 


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10 comments:

  1. It is really interesting when that happens.

    I thought I'd let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award :) You can find out more about it on my blog.

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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  2. I like that quote, too. I don't think what you write is surprising - perhaps because I've known you as a writer just as long as I've known the rest of you. ;)

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  3. That's a good point! Even though books are targeted for certain people, they are made of everyone. I like reading teen fantasy, and psychology books, which are like total opposites haha. But the possibilities of who likes what books are endless! Sometimes I read a book for school and i think i'll hate it and it ends up becoming one of my favorite books (like Holes and The Handmaid's Tale). I end up surprising myself about the books I'll like.

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    1. That's so true! You can be just as surprised by what books you like as well as what books other people read.

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  4. It's funny - I think I'm often more surprised to see a person reading than by what they're reading. Actually, I'm afraid that's more sad than funny when I think about it :( Although I have to say, I'm still always surprised when I see people reading Twilight. I really tried to get that series a fair chance but I couldn't get through it to save my life and I have to admit I do sometimes raise an eyebrow at its readers. But I'm obviously in the minority, since far more people love the series than don't!
    xox,
    Cee

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    1. I seriously don't understand how people like Twilight! I actually, regretfully, read all of the books and I wish I hadn't. The last one was so dumb and such a letdown.

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  5. this post is so true!
    You get a false impression of someone so easily and it's so funny looking at the books that people are reading!
    Too bad I almost never read on the tube ... maybe I should change that^^

    xoxo Jenni

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    1. I always get this impression of what I think a person is like and then am so surprised when the person is different!

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