Sawyer from LOST is a key example of not defining yourself by the genre you read. Sawyer was considered a con-man or hick by many of the other islanders, but he had love for literature. He was indeed an excellent con-man however, and always the first one with a sarcastic rebuttal. He was however a romantic and a deep heartfelt thinker.
Is it OK to define yourself by what you read? With so many labels being thrown at us these days, is it alright to define yourself by the genre of books you prefer. Reading is dying anyway with TV and the internet becoming such permanent fixtures in our homes. Almost every home in America has internet access, and its rare to find a home without a television set. Many college students just look it up, and don't even bother with purchasing or reading the actual book. They don't go to the used bookstore to purchase a weathered copy of E.E. Cummings, they just read it on the web. I think that with so many people shying away from reading they should not have to feel ashamed of the genre they read. No where in the rule book, I mean the fictitious unspoken rule book, does it say only young adults should read YA books. I know of many adults who savor the juicy emotional tales spun by so many acclaimed authors such as Elizabeth Scott and Sarah Dessen. Many adults like to revisit issues that hit close to home at one time or another for them, and young people like to read about other people experiencing what they live. A waitress might like to read the the writing of famed historical fiction writer Ken Follet author of Pillars of The Earth. Also a male wall-street broker might like to relax with a copy of Janet Evonovich's Stephanie Plum series. Honestly anything is possible when it comes to reading and what a person loves. Kindle and Nook's also make it less bothersome to read things you might be ashamed of reading. No one can tell what your reading when you hold your Kindle snug in your hands, however everyone can pry into your reading preferences when the cover is in view. With E-Readers becoming increasingly more popular being judged for your genre choice is becoming irrelevant. However, personally one might define themselves as shallow because they enjoy Young Adult Literature or Romance novels, when that is most likely not the case. No one should sell themselves short because they get pleasure from a romance or teenage emotional tale. Also no one should consider themselves geeky or superior because they enjoy historical fiction or non-fiction for example. People could surprise you by their taste in literature, and I for one think we should take pleasure in discovering someone's uncharacteristic choice. Have you guys ever felt judged for the genre you love, or have you ever internally struggled with your reading selections?