Thoughtful Tuesday: Can Books Come Between People?

Have you ever judged someone for what they read?

It was as prevalent in the English department as the hipster style choices. There were two types of prejudices that ran rampant. Firstly there were those that judged if you weren’t reading the most indie and obscure books. The irony of this prejudice was that many of those who judged their classmates were often times not well-versed in the books of the past. How can we consider the thoughts and contents of books now if we don’t know where we as readers and writers came from?

The other type of prejudice were the strictly readers of old. They treated any book published after 1950 as nothing more than trivial trash. If you were to be considered a true scholar of the written word you must read only the worlds and thoughts of those long dead. But how can a reader only be curious about the old without seeing the truth of the new and the current times?

This elaborate set-up leads into the question of the morning: can a book come between people? I believe that it is possible. There are people as aforementioned who have allowed reading choice to divide a class, but what about friends or couples?

It is easy to write off someone we barely know who refuses to read or refuses to read the types of books we enjoy but what about a friend?

Imagine your good friend finally confesses that though she likes to read she barely reads and when she does it is mass paperback romance novels. Or even worse, someone you have been dating for months confesses that they find the act of reading rather tedious and boring. How can either situation be handled as easily as a first meeting or date and finding out this kind of information?


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