I’m not going to get into my personal feelings too much because I’m still rather angry about the content of the article in the Guardian, written by a “journalist” who clearly doesn’t know her ass from her elbow. Yes, I used a cliche. I do it a lot. In this case, it was the most polite way to describe my view of her. Moving on.
I’ll give you a taste of the prattle.
The reading public in private is lazy and smutty. E-readers hide the material. Erotica sells well. My own downmarket literary fetish is male-oriented historical fiction (histfic). Swords and sails stuff. I’m happier reading it on an e-reader, and keeping shelf space for books that proclaim my cleverness.
Yeah. I almost didn’t get to that part of the article.
I do not hide my romances in a Kindle because I’m ashamed of them. I use my Kindle because I like having a dozen or more books at my fingertips, wherever I go, without carrying a suitcase along. I like having my works in progress, or the manuscripts I’m beta reading, without having to lug my laptop all over kingdom come. I will still buy a print romance for the cover, and I will read it anywhere! Without shame! And I keep my bookshelves in my reading room (sitting room attached to the master bedroom) because it’s nobody’s [expletive deleted] business what books I read and what books I do not. I certainly don’t keep a bookshelf out so everyone can see how clever I am or how many classics I’ve read.
I’d also rather instill in my children a love of reading for the sake of reading, rather than reading to make yourself appear smarter.
For the author of the Guardian article, I might suggest she take her views and shove them up her backside, but I fear there may not be room beside her head.