I’m a Bengali and Bengalis are famously (or infamously) known to their penchant towards texts. It seems we slip out of the wombs with books curled into our tiny fingers.
Yet, growing up and living inside this ethnic group and a being bookworm, I can detect the whiff of a book-snob, if I get the (dis)pleasure of knowing/chatting up with- this person.
Here’s a check-list for you too, in case you are book-snob in disguise and don’t know about it yet-
1. You only read non-fiction
If every person who said ” I only read non-fiction” gave me a penny, I would’ve bought an effing Hermes scarf.
There is nothing noble about dotting over classics or to make your grandmother understand “Steampunk” at the drop of your heart.
In the same vein, reading only non-fictions doesn’t transform you into someone with whom Noam Chomsky would love to rub shoulders.
2. Among non-fiction, business/politics takes precedence
I’ve observed minutely (’cause I don’t have anything worthwhile to do with my life) that among the hardcore non-fiction lovers, they tend get stuck in genres related to-
a) politics( thrown in a good measure with any religion-that-can’t-be-named)
b) business books where the author wears a savvy suite on the cover and goads you to meet unlikeable people “labelled” under networking.
History takes up (mostly) the 3rd spot.
” I like non-fiction and cooking is my favorite genre in it” said nobody ever.
3. You dis (along with your cohort) others with different tastes
This happened to me.
My mother tongue is Bengali and I had been on few groups comprising of Bengali literature fanatics (and fanatics, they were!).
Now, for the 30-something life of mine, I still don’t get most of the poems (excluding those that were on my text-books).
And when I disclosed this fact on some “supposedly” friendly virtual chats, I got dissed for my literature-taste.
Do you revel in reading Sylvia Plath or Browning? Fine. Leave those alone who don’t find the words all-that-captivating.
4. You condescend anyone who doesn’t like Haruki Murakami
In my contemporary Bengali sistern/brethern/<insert any other gender-order>, reading Haruki Murakami sounds like coming-of-age these days (or this phenomenon could date back circa the 2000s and still is not dying down).
Do you experience orgasmic pleasure when the release date of the next Murakami novel gets announced and scorn those who don’t want to take part in this “literary” orgy?
Then you’re a certified book-snob.
5. The world moved on, you still claim “Ulysses” as your favorite read
There are solid reasons for which classics remain classics.
They have withstood the tests of time and came victorious. Also, if you’re a non-native English speaker (like yours truly), there is nothing more useful resource to learn the language than to read classics.
Given that, the world has moved on there is a set of people who cling to “Ulysses“, “The Metamorphosis” or “One Hundred Years of Solitude” like straws in a fast-changing “literary” tide.
And if you muster up the courage and say, per se, that “The Pillars of the Earth” (pretty okay-ish, if you ask me) is your all-time favorite, the book-snobs would roll their eyes.
6. You don’t count graphic novels/audio-books as books
Yes, that neanderthal group is still there who scoffs every time when someone reads a graphic novel or listen to audio books and cluster it under “reading”.
I get the itch to direct them towards “Persepolis” or recommend some audio books narrated by Richard Armitage (this man can voice-over the grocery list and to me it would sound like world’s greatest lullaby).
Have you encountered any book-snob yet? What other traits you’d like to add here. Do let me know.
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I’m totally different from the mentioned points 😀 Hell No! I can’t read those non-fictions 😀 😀
I, too, get a hard time wrapping my head around a non-fiction, if it’s not based on true-crime or history. 😀
I love “reading” audiobooks! I do find it funny that people don’t consider these to be real books 😉
Yes, as “The Doors” sang “People Are Strange”. 😛
This was an interesting post. Enjoyed reading it.
Glad you liked it. 🙂
You mentioned aufio hooks. I have encountered people who scowl on the mention of e-books as well. I find it convenient to catry my kindle when I travel. But oh! that’s considered blasfemous.
You’re so right. I live in a tiny apartment and Kindle is my life-saver. Can’t imagine choking such a small space with so many printed books. People are weird.
INTERESTING!!! Lived gifs.
Glad you liked them. 🙂
As a librarian I cannot stand book snobs! I love to see anyone reading whatever it is they get joy out of. Graphic novels are great. I listen to audiobooks all the time! I get through twice as many books thanks to audio and my commute than I would otherwise.
You’re so right. I’m pretty new to audio-books and it made my life way easier. And for me, being a librarian is one of the coolest jobs in the world. So I doff my hat to thee. 😛
Omg hahaha someone once told me that audio-books aren’t real books and I pretty much went to town arguing with him!
I know, right? Book-elites are everywhere.
Yaaaay, I passed all the tests! I am NOT a book snob! I love books of all kinds, I’ll go from a classic to an autobiography to a graphic novel in the same month if I wish to. They all have theit strengths and I’m so glad they all exist 😊
I wholeheartedly agree. If everybody read the same kind of books, the world would have been a lot sadder place. Glad you came out with flying colors. 😛
Hahaha this is the best thing I’ve read today! I admit to one or two points above but no no I am not a book snob. PS: audio books aren’t books really.
Glad you liked it. 😀 Ya they are not books in physical sense but listening to them still gives me the feel that- one more down on my TBR list. 😛
I can so relate to some point here and still stick to few of my old favourites. All those books with graphic does feel like story books for my kids.
Ya graphic genre is my jam these days. Thank you for reading. 🙂
This is so adorable! I love it! Also, so true with many people I know. But, I wouldn’t consider myself partial to any one genre. Love them all, for the most part!
Me too Kaitlyn. Thank you for your comment. 🙂
I probably am not a book snob 🙂
More power to you. 😛
I am definitely not a book snob (if your list is to be followed to judge one) Really enjoyed reading the list.
Happy that you liked it. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂