Thursday, September 4, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

I was looking through books yesterday at the shops and saw all the Twilight books, which I know basically nothing about. What I do know is that I’m beginning to feel like I’m the *only* person who knows nothing about them.

Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought the expensive book (Australian book prices are often completely nutty) just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was reading.

Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, etc, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?

Yes, yes and yes! I've often felt pressured to follow the crowd, and since I'm a contrarian by nature that's a problem! I've never read the Twilight series, I've never even read Harry Potter- it's not my style, and when everybody tells me to do something I typically respond by not doing it! As a librarian I feel obligated to keep up with what's going on in my specialty and in publishing in general, and as a blogger I've often felt pressured to get lots of ARCs, do what everyone else is doing. But then I have to remind myself that whatever else happens, the blog is for me and I started it as a way to pursue my own interests and improve my writing. I didn't start it for other bloggers, nor for authors or publishers, and I'm not obligated to accept every single offer I get, or every single ARC I have access to. So I've been becoming a little more relaxed about all that. But sometimes it's hard!