Saturday, October 02, 2004
Star Trek books
These books can be found in kids books too. The Mary-Kate and Ashley books are an example of this. When I was young we had Sweet Valley and then the point horror books as easy reads. My teacher didn't think that I was reading books appropriate to my level and so my dad came home with a huge pile of books. This was how I fell in love with Isaac Asimov. At the time I was grateful to my dad for the books but a little miffed at my teacher. She obviously had only seen me reading point horror but even then I was reading other things.
My point is that these days I have become a bit of a snob when it comes to reading. There are certain books I wouldn't touch simply because it is trash. An easy read without complex storylines or writing. Yes, I know a little hypocritical from someone who reads Star Trek books as a break. It almost seems as though I have turned into my teacher.
It got me thinking. Should we really look down our noses at people who read books we consider to be drivel? How do we know that this isn't just a quick read to them. And others who do read them regularly shouldn't we congratulate them just for reading? There are so many people out there who never pick up a book. So what if the ones who are reading mass market books have never picked up a classic. Sure, they are missing out on a lot but still they are reading.
It is the same with children. When I was tutoring it was difficult to get children to read. So few of them wanted to do it. When they did find something they enjoyed we encouraged them to continue. For children who didn't read it didn't matter that they weren't brilliantly written as long as they were reading.
(I, too, have read some fan fiction. I am into the Star Wars books. But they too for me are easy reads.)
One thing that crossed my mind about this was watching the son of a friend of mine reading Harry Potter. I would not waste my time reading Harry Potter. But it was good to see a teenager reading it, and so enthralled by it that he would take the book with him anywhere he went, seizing every opportunity to read.