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On Not Being ‘Well-Read’

If you’ve seen my personal book collection, you would know that I read a lot. How ever, according to some people in the family, I have trashy tastes in reading material.

Let me explain.

Said person has much love for books that are literary. You know the type, loads of drama, depressing subject topics and navel gazing endings. Basically, it’s every book that when made into a movie, I wouldn’t watch unless I have to because I need it for an assignment.

For me personally, I prefer romances, magic, fantastical backdrop of make-believe places with hard to pronounce names, filled with elves, werewolves, vampires, witches. To me, reading fantasy or romance is like watching the whole story unfold on screen, only that the screen is in my head.

I think that books like any other preferences, is not the same for everyone. To each their own, so I don’t see why anyone, even if they’re family, has the right to judge what your reading material is. Just because I prefer reading fantasy and romance doesn’t make me trashy. Just because you read only literary things, doesn’t make you smarter than everyone.

I don’t see why anyone should impose their literary tastes on other people. They should just mind their own business and leave me to the talking dragons, unicorns, elves and the white, blue eyed horses with silver hooves.

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Fuck Them Spoilers With No Warnings

The Cloverfield trailers were a very good marketing strategy, in that it made everyone guess what the movie was about. It made you want to see it, and that’s the whole point of the trailers. Then once the movie is out, there would most definitely be reviews by bloggers and some of them might throw in a few spoilers but majority of them will tell you before hand, that there will be spoilers.

So what totally irked me today, as I was looking through the local blog metafilter, was to find a blog post that started out with the description of the creature in the movie. No fucking common courtesy at all! There was nothing to tell anyone that it had movie spoilers. What if someone had wanted to watch the movie and had accidentally come across that post? Wouldn’t they have been disappointed and pissed? I know I would be, like when my friend told me the twist at then ending of The Sixth Sense without even asking if I was going to watch it or not.

Fine, I get that it’s their blog and they can write anything in there but dammit, if you’re going to talk about a damn movie and you’re going to want people to read it, don’t put spoilers. If you do, tell people in advance that would be spoilers. Gah!

Ok, end of rant.

Beware, there are spoilers in the video below.

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