Sometimes, you just have to be bookish and picky.
Does it make you a book snob, though? I think you need a certain degree of stubbornness to be a snob, truthfully. But let’s find out!
1. Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?
Yes, but not out of a sense of “the book is always better!” Typically, I’ve already read it before a movie is even in theaters. Otherwise, I don’t have a lot of interest in going to see it.
It’s because, truth be told, I have a very hard time sitting through movies without my mind wandering. Books work very well with my brain, but movies? They’re ripe for daydreaming if they don’t catch me immediately, and I’m not about to spend all that money on a theater ticket to watch a movie I’ll zone out for half of. And watching something only once it comes out on Netflix?
Please. I haven’t even finished, like, six shows I genuinely like because I’m just. Very bad at finishing movie/show things.
2. Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?
Physical books for sure! Audiobooks, like movies, don’t play nice with my wandering brain, and while ebooks are amazing for storage concerns, I’m just such a sucker for a physical book. Just the tactile presence is incredibly comforting to me, and I like stacking them for Insta photos.
Also, if my room didn’t have physical books in it, I think it would feel very empty, like no one lives there. A lot of my other hobbies take up very little space.
3. Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?
I mean, probably? In theory? You’re asking this question of the wrong aroace, I think.
But really. I’m friends with people who don’t read much, or read things I have little interest in. I don’t think dating or marrying a non-reader would be so terrible. And if our entire relationship depends on reading, then maybe it’s not too great to begin with?
4. Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Goodbye, historical! I’ve like some historical books before, but let’s be real: not enough to desperately cling to the genre.
And yes, I know I’m the local romance Grinch, but I can’t rule that one out. It forms the undercurrent of so many books I do enjoy, and it’s a useful genre to study in terms of craft. You’re on thin ice, romance, but you can stay.
5. Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?
Fantasy. I think you all saw this coming, though. Next question?
(Honorable mention to mystery, though!)
6. Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?
Oh, so we want salt! Sadly, I am too tired to muster salt. Instead, I’m going to dredge up an exhausted sort of truth: it’s probably fantasy. I mean, it’s basically the most popular genre out there, especially when we start talking about what gets decent marketing, what goes into book boxes. But man, people get intense when you don’t like their favorite fantasies, or their favorite authors. And if you criticize a fantasy book for doing some sketchy stuff? Oof.
7. Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?
My family does not see the appeal of me being 22 and still reading YA. Granted, my family is mostly non-readers or extremely slow, one-genre readers.
And while it wasn’t directed at me specifically, my alma mater’s creative writing courses and professors seem to have it in their heads that both fantasy and YA are “lesser genres,” which is unequivocally a load of crap. I love my college, but this opinion? Oh, this opinion, I will square up over. Happily.
And if you also want to do it, go for it! Are we book snobs? Are we snob-adjacent? Are we the least snobby snobs possible? Let the tag reveal the truth…