I thought I’d share a story with you all.
I was browsing around Barnes & Noble (which I do often even though I never buy books because I have a kindle but I like the atmosphere and love the smell of books) and I was perusing the Y.A. section when a guy approached me. He asked if he could make some suggestions. I said sure. So he swept his hand over The Hunger Games trilogy and said “These are pretty good but they’re kind of intense.” I looked at him like he was kidding because on what planet are there people left who haven’t read these books?! I don’t live under a rock! (Ok, I’m being harsh.. but I seriously frequent that store AND that section, so to me it was blasphemous.) Anyway, I told him I read them then he points to the Mortal Instruments books and says “I heard these were pretty good” and at this point I’m confused as to why he is even giving me suggestions that he hasn’t even read PLUS I’ve already read them so I say “You mean you haven’t read them yet? You should, they’re good!”
Then he preceded to name books and I had read them all save for a few fantasy ones that I probably would never pick up anyway and then I tried to suggest a book to him since it was right in front of me. “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green. Now see, I assume this guy is a bookie (my technical term for book lovers.. I know there’s a double meaning there but food lovers are foodies so why not right?) and that he will appreciate a good read. And then he tells me that he doesn’t like the cover, it doesn’t look interesting.
O_o Is this dude for real?!
So I all but shout, “Don’t tell me you’re one of those??!” and he shamefully admitted that yes, he was. And I told him that he was missing out on some pretty brilliant shit! I mean.. it’s John (fucking) Green! Anyway, he went on to talk about Hush, Hush (which I’ve also read) and how he thought it was going to be awesome because of the cover and he was disappointed (I told him to give the 2nd and 3rd books a chance because they get better), and all the time I’m thinking that I want to smack this guy because he’s not going to read “The Fault In Our Stars” because he thinks the cover sucks! What an idiot. Anyway, just thought I’d share because honestly, TFIOS is the best book I’ve read this year (I’m on book number 12 by the way) and it’s a shame that someone won’t experience it all because he isn’t fond of clouds or that particular shade of blue.
the end. (RANT OVER.)