About the Book Blogger Hop
The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.
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Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
This week’s question comes from
Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books
Would you stop reading a book if an element of the plot strongly clashed with your personal beliefs, or would you continue reading until you finished the book?
A year or two ago, there’s a pretty good chance that I would have DNF’d a book if it strongly clashed with my personal beliefs, because why have something in your life that’s seems pretty much hell bent on making it crazy with frustration, anger, overwhelming sadness, triggers that manifest themselves in hurtful ways, etc.?
The question then, for me, was pretty easy…No.
So, I had absolutely no problem with not finishing those kinds of books or just avoiding them at all costs. In a way, I felt pretty justified in doing that, but in a way I soon began to realize that I was just not opening myself up enough to embrace diversity and new things. Over the last year or so, I started asking myself the question, “would you have stopped watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which, is my ALL TIME favorite cult classic) just because you didn’t always agree with the direction of the storyline Joss Whedon took?”
The answer to that was easy, NO! Actually, it was more like, HELL NO, but I’m trying to keep this PG. lol.
But really, there were decisions that he made regarding some of the stories that he was telling that I definitely didn’t agree with, but that didn’t mean that I was just going to turn my back on my favorite show. I loved that show, those characters, the cast of actors, and everyone from the bottom to the top that was involved with it. So, why in the world, would I deny myself the pleasure of something that I really enjoyed just because I might not agree with a direction the story itself went in?
When I decided that my one little word for this year was going to be “diversity” in all facets of my life, be it in whatever it was I was reading, watching, listen to, wearing, or the relationships (friendships, romantic, family) or otherwise that I would immerse myself in and/or explore, I was reminded of something Joss Whedon once said in reference to his show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
“I need to give the fans what they need, not necessarily what they want.”
And it just sort of clicked and everything seemed to really fall into to place and it helped me to start putting things into perspective, especially with the books that I was reading or now choosing to read. I opened myself up to read a lot more than what I would normally have read. It showed me that whether or not a book or a television show makes you angry, sad, lonely, or triggers various emotions in you that it’s doing it for a reason. The author or show runner may have wanted you to feel those certain things, whether you like them or not, if it’s giving you such intense feelings then it’s actually doing something right after all.
It’s doing what it’s supposed to do.
Who I am now, would actually finish the book, whether I liked it or not.
A really good example of that would definitely be Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson. While I thought it was a fantastic book that was well written, very engrossing, and definitely captured my attention, the author did something at the end of it that just absolutely pissed me the frak off. I was absolutely one hundred percent not a fan of how the book ended at all, period. I feel like it was a sucker punch that came from somewhere deep out of left field that felt more like a “gotcha” than it did a solid and conclusive ending.
But, in thinking back on that, maybe that’s the reaction the author meant to get out of readers. I know that in reality there are never really any solid and conclusive answers to everything in life, but this was just…well, form me it was unnecessary, but what’s unnecessary to me might not be to someone else.
So, my whole point is, that I would definitely try my best to finish a book whether or not I liked it, disagreed with it or the way the author was telling the story.
I mean, after all, V.C. Andrews is and will always be one of my top three favorite author’s of all times and she is quite the controversy herself.