We Are Not Gatekeepers of Our Interests: A Rant

Original Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzgVn5ZIpMU

In his video “Last Week in Booktube”, Steve Donoghue follows up on BookCon and Book Expo America, where he openly bashes on other BookTubers for posting videos related to the conventions. He calls these booktubers, “unpaid publicity hacks” and questions why booktubers attend these conventions when publishing companies can send them advanced copies for free.

First of all, that’s called passion Steve. It’s not just about getting a free copy of a novel, it’s about the experience. I think it’s extremely unfair for him to bash on these conventions considering that perhaps it’s not his demographic. He is an older male who probably doesn’t turn to young adult novels as his go to genre for reading, which is a focal point for the conventions.

“I’m very good at sensing real readers, even from a great distance and these people do not read. They don’t feel at all the same thing about books that a normal reader feels.” is an actual quote from this video. I mean this just oozes with arrogance and superiority – wrongfully so in my opinion.

As you can probably imagine, Steve got quite a bit of backlash on his video, to which he replied in the comment section with: “I mean, do they strike you as readers? When you watch their well-lit, well-filmed videos, with them sitting there wearing blush in front of studio lights, can you honestly picture them hunkered down with a book, happily reading, oblivious to everything else? I certainly can’t picture that.” Oh Steve, you’ve done it this time.

There are many wrong and offensive things in his comment. It’s one that is misogynistic, arrogant, and doesn’t have any relevance to what Steve is arguing for. First of all, what does good filming equipment have to do with one’s ability to read? Some of these booktubers get paid for the content that they put up on their channels, and others take great pride in their work. Regardless, their video quality doesn’t dictate whether or not they are “real readers”, whatever that means.

No matter what other people argue, blush and makeup in general is predominantly tied to females. So to me, this goes back to the feminist issue of women not being able to be passionate about anything and being discredited because they care about the way they look. I really don’t understand how wearing makeup and caring about my appearance inhibits my passion for reading. You must have a pretty small imagination if you can’t picture someone wearing makeup while reading simultaneously.

We are not gatekeepers of our interests. We don’t get to tell others that they aren’t qualified to share these interests. Steve’s video felt like bashing rather than critiquing, which is something I don’t condone. It was very unfair for him to tell people what they should or should not be posting, and what they are or are not. Who gave him that right anyway? Not me, and certainly not the hundreds of people he offended with this video.

While Steve likes to believe that he is good at sensing “real readers”, I’d say I’m pretty good at sensing arrogant, sexist, small-minded, human beings. Oh look, I’m sensing one now.

“Honour has no place in survival.” – Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

 

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Published: HarperCollins on January 17, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult, Action & Adventure
Pages: 480
Source: Purchased

This was a pretty risky read for me, considering my loathe towards the last two novels of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. However, I went into this novel with an open mind hoping for redemption. Afterall, everybody makes mistakes and deserves a second chance. Here’s what happened:

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Pointless, I mean Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Published: Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Legends, Myths, Fables, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Source: Purchased

Heartless

Going into this novel, I think it’s fair to say that my expectations were through the roof. Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles happens to be one of my top favorite series of all time, so when news broke about a new novel, I had to get my hands on it. As one of my most anticipated releases of 2016, Heartless is an utter disappointment and falls short in comparison to Meyer’s other novels.

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Top 5 Topic: Books with Beautiful Covers that Sucked

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by misleading book covers.

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I think it’s fair to say that one of the most important factors that plays a role in one’s reading choice is the cover, despite what we like to tell ourselves. Whether we like to admit it or not, the initial attraction to a book stems from it’s cover. But if there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it is to never judge a book by it’s cover. Seriously, don’t. Here are my top five picks for books with beautiful covers that sucked. SPOILER ALERT!

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A Court of Feels and Pain by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dating & Sex, Depression & Mental Illness, Epic, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, High fantasy, Love & Romance, New Adult, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 624
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Going into this novel, I already had extremely high expectations, partly because I really enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, and also because of the hype that surrounded this book. Yet somehow, Sarah J. Maas managed to exceed my expectations and completely blow me away. If you thought A Court of Thorns and Roses was good, you’re in for a treat.

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