Does that make you a CONSUMER or a CONNOISSEUR of books?
According to www.merriam-webster.com:
Definition of CONSUMER: one that consumes
... <<< Don't you hate it when a word is defined like that? ha. >>> ...
Definition of CONSUME:
3a: to eat or drink especially in great quantity <consumed several bags of pretzels>
b: to enjoy avidly : devour
consumes for fun — E. R. Lipson>
4: to engage fully : engross <consumed with curiosity>
5: to utilize as a customer <consume goods and services>
Definition of CONNOISSEUR:
1: expert; especially: one who understands the details, technique, or principles of an art and is competent to act as a critical judge
2: one who enjoys with discrimination and appreciation of subtleties
... so ...
Which one are you? Does it matter?
My husband tears things apart that I like and vice versa. We agree that we have profoundly different taste in books and have learned to respect our differences. I think it's kind of fascinating since we're otherwise very similar in tastes in other things.ReplyDelete
Yes, I hate definitions like that! They used to drive me nuts as a kid. I think I'm both a consumer and a connoisseur. :)ReplyDelete
Depends on the book. Some I drool over and love to talk about and go back to. Others I eat, digest, and expel.ReplyDelete
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I admit I'm a connoisseur, a fact of which I'm not necessarily proud. I wish I could enjoy every book I read like some people seem to, but my editing brain keeps getting in the way, darn it! :)ReplyDelete
I think since I became a writer I'm more of a connoisseur but I know that when it comes to my favourite writers, I'm a lot less picky about things. I just read for enjoyment. So, I guess I'm both.ReplyDelete
I usually read a book twice. First I read a book for enjoyment then I read it so that I can study the writer's craft. My blog address has changed to www.renajtraxelblog.comReplyDelete
Definitions like that don't help me as a teacher, either. I like having kids look up words, but the above sort of definition helps nobody.ReplyDelete
I think I'm a consumer. I know what I like and what I don't like, and I can give some simple explanations of why ... but I don't want to spend time digging into too much subtlety when there are other books out there to read.
Most times I'm too tired to be more than a consumer. If that. :)ReplyDelete
I think I'm usually a consumer--though if I come across a really good book (and in some cases, a really bad) I'll think harder about the story's elements.ReplyDelete
no one likes a know it all. opinions are fine, but i ignore rantings, especially when they arent fruitful in any way...ReplyDelete
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LOL! Yes to both! I've had lots of (probably readable) books ruined for me by my critiquer's eye.ReplyDelete
On the other hand, when someone rips into a book that I enjoyed, I've finally developed the self-confidence to say, "Regardless of all the technical flaws, about which you are perfectly correct, I still enjoyed the read. That is my personal reaction and you cannot take that away from me."
I have been in both camps, Margo. Now I could care less what anyone says about a book. I read what I like and react the way I want to react. Loved your post.ReplyDelete
Sometimes really bad writing can make me cringe and spoil my enjoyment of a book, but that hardly ever happens. What annoys me is people making you feel ashamed and ill-educated for saying you like reading someone like Jilly Cooper, who tells a darned good, gripping story with humour and fabulous characters. And in my opinion, there's nothing wrong with her writing either! Literary snobs drive me crazy. I reckon I'm a consumer - but a slightly discerning one! Great post, Margo!ReplyDelete
I notice the typos and grammar, but it doesn't keep me from enjoying the story if it's good. However, it does take me "out of the text" for a couple of moments.ReplyDelete
I guess I am a consumer, the other word sounds a bit pompous. But I really get steamed - for example: We saw a film called "The Tree of Life". We struggled through that terrible film and later we read were it is an award winner. We absolutely detested it.ReplyDelete
What a clever post! ;) Verrrry fun. I think I dabble in both worlds? Depending on how my kids are acting in the moment? LOL.ReplyDelete
I'm definitely both! And, whilst I'll give anyone who asks my opinion of a book, I'd never tell a person they were wrong for liking something that I don't think is good. If we all liked the same thing, even less books would be published!ReplyDelete