I was thinking of what I should write next, when Hannah (the lovely blogger over at I Have Thoughts on Books — which you should totally check out) tagged me to do this post. Now we all know I love all sorts of tags and because I haven’t really done one about myself in a loooong time, I decided this was the time.
I couldn’t find the original creator of this tag, but if you know who it was, please tell me in the comments below.
- Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you;
- Answer the questions;
- In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award;
- Ask them 3 questions.
Without further ado, let’s get into The Unique Blogger Award Tag!
♣ If you had to pick one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I could only read from one genre, that would have to be contemporary. It wasn’t that difficult to pick just one genre of books to read from, which surprised me because I was expecting to be a little more hesitant.
I love contemporaries mainly because they’re set in the real world and I guess I’m not a person with a lot of imagination, so I rarely feel myself being pulled in by books and movies set in another reality (such as space, but I’m trying to work on that!)
I am also a very big fan of romance in books and I usually find myself shipping characters in my head even if nothing’s going on between them. I just love seeing all kinds of relationships blossom and become beautiful things! For someone who isn’t the best at handling their emotions, books have certainly helped me cope with f e e l i n g s.
Lastly, I like characters that go through similar struggles as me, and contemporaries are usually the books that make me relate with them the most. I would much rather read about a character going through anxiety problems at university and dealing with a complicated family, than read about a girl who has to save the world at seventeen.
Also, on a smaller note, other genres usually make me anxious and very stressed about the future of the characters and of the world — and not always in the best of ways! I feel like contemporaries are a good way to relax and a break from my day-to-day life.
♣ What is your most unpopular opinion you want to shout from the rooftops?
I’ve seen some other bloggers talk about this issue, but I think that The Upside of Unrequited does an awful job at being diverse and inclusive.
When I first read the reviews and blurb for Becky Albertalli’s book, I thought that I was in for a pleasant ride — after all, I’m all for reading diversely and this book promised to deliver. But as it turns out, it let me down massively.
A lot of the main characters and secondary (but important!) characters are either racially diverse or part of the LGBTQ community (some even both), but the author did nothing to explore that side of the story. I understand that readers, like me, are tired of reading about PoC or LGBTQ struggling with their identity or in very narrow setting, such as slavery; but in this book, the only purpose of the diversity is to be there.
None of the characters I’m recalling in The Upside of Unrequited have a personality, or any distinct quality, besides the fact that they are diverse. This really bugged me because it’s definitely not the way to go! A character should be put in a book simply because they’re black or gay — where’s the depth? Where’s the much-needed “humanization” of the character? What are their interests, dreams, aspirations, goals?
The message that this book delivers is that if you’re a white character, you’ll get a personality and some complexity to work with. If you’re a character of color or part of the LGBTQ community, you’re stuck with being defined by that label. Isn’t this what we’re fighting against, both in society and in the blogging community? That people are much, much more than the color of their skin, their ethnicity and their sexual preferences? I feel like we’ve come a really long way in how we see diversity in books, and the discussion that has been going on about the topic is needed.
While I can recognize that the writer tried very hard to be inclusive in her writing, it fell short and, ultimately, did more harm than good, in my opinion.
Dalindcy (one of my favorite book bloggers) wrote a super interesting blog post about when diverse characters are defined solely by their diversity. You should check it out HERE as she makes some really good points.
♣ What topic could you give an impromptu 20-minute talk on?
My ramblings are not reserved to writing and I’m somewhat notorious for being a chatterbox, so it shouldn’t be too hard to give an impromptu rambly 20-minute talk. But if I had to pick a topic, I think that I would pick “Why people really shouldn’t bash Young-Adult literature.”
Hearing people put down young-adult literature is one of those things that makes my blood boil. Normally I read opinion articles on this topic written by much older people who don’t understand the importance of an umbrella of genres with which young people can easily connect. These same writers are those who also write op-eds about how this generation (read: millennials and generation-Zers) is declining in terms of reading and writing and how we’re moving away from literature to be hooked to social media and television all day long.
Young Adult literature is important, regardless of whether one finds it of high literary value or not. If this is what is introducing young people to things they haven’t experienced yet, or encouraging them to read — leave the genre alone!
If you’ve been tagged (or even if you haven’t and want to do this tag as well) I have these three bookish questions for you:
- What made you join the book-blogging community?
- What is an unpopular opinion you think the world needs to know?
- What’s a common bookish pet-peeve other people seem to have but doesn’t bother you?
This time I will break the rules and tag just a few people I’ve been following for longer, and they are:
- Dalindcy @ Books and Rants
- Alex @ Paperback Piano
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
- Wendy @ What the Log Had to Say
- Nicki @ Secret Library Books Blog
If you were tagged you are under no obligation to answer these questions, and if you weren’t but would like to, go ahead and let me know so I can read your post!