We book lovers are a fickle bunch, but usually very nice people who love to immerse ourselves into new worlds and meet new characters as often as we can, which is great, but unfortunately some people don’t seem to understand our love. Ok! Obsession!
Some people will go as far as to give their opinion on books, which may or may not cut very deep within, after all we are very fragile, especially with all of the emotional breakdowns we have to endure because of our love for books. So, just to make sure your words don’t end up hurting us, here is a guide to what you shouldn’t say to someone who loves books!
Why don’t you just watch the movie rather than reading the book
Don’t get me wrong, I love movie adaptions, so much so that I did a post on my top 10 favourites yesterday, which you can check out here (shameless plug). However, they do tend to miss out some of the best and most important details from the book. Well, maybe not important to some people, but to people like me, really important. Watching the movie is literally like seeing half of the story. It’s just not the same!
I accidentally ripped one of the pages in that book you lent me
Thankfully this hasn’t been said to me yet, touch wood, but I have had someone spill an entire bottle of water on a book I was reading, right in front of my eyes. You should have seen the look on my face. I was truly mortified.
Don’t you already have enough books to read?
Enough books? Really? I am pretty certain there is no such thing as having enough books. Sure, not all of them fit on my bookcase now, but that doesn’t matter, because I have wardrobes I can put them in. I mean, who needs clothes?
I read that book you love. I really hated it!
This is like a knife in the heart. If someone read Noughts and Crosses, which is my favourite book, and told me they hated it, I would be upset, because it is just so perfect. Please don’t tell someone you hate their favourite book. It is actually really hurtful.
Reading is boring!
The amount of times I have heard someone say this is really unbelievable. Why is it that so many people seem to think the idea of reading is the most strenuous task known to human kind? It really isn’t. Just give a book a go, and you’ll soon find out that once you get into it, the time just flies by, without knowing where it has gone.
Why are you getting so emotional? It’s just a book!
A lot of us book lovers easily get attached to the characters we are reading about, and love them so much, to the point that it pains us when we have to say goodbye to them. It’s like losing a friend. I am only human after all!