Wednesday, June 1, 2016

#FakeReaderGirls

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 2:39 PM
At first, I didn't think I was going to respond to this drama that is going on since BEA. It doesn't effect me. I don't wear make up when I do videos, I don't have production lighting. But after watching a few peoples reactions to this I realized that this does effect me because it hurts the people I love to watch everyday. It hurts the book community. 

I like to think of myself as this badass strong woman. And I am. I will stare down a guy in Costco that is looking at me because I am not entirely covered up. My husband gets dirty looks because he isn't "controlling his woman". I like to say that we both wear the pants in this relationship but honestly, if there is a noise outside or if there is trouble or something that looks like it will turn violent I will be the one to step in. Not because my husband is weak. But because if you try to hurt someone I love I will end you. I wouldn't want my husband to get hurt because he was defending me but you better bet your ass that I will get hurt defending him. Just the thought of someone saying shit or touching him sets me off. I protect people. I am a protector. And just because I am a woman doesn't mean I cannot protect the ones I love as well as a man can. My dad raised me as a kid. Not a daughter, not a son, but as a kid. I don't let anything touch me when it comes to sexism. But just because it doesn't touch me doesn't mean it doesn't touch the ones I love or care about. So that is what brought this rant on.

I have ALWAYS been a reader. I am 27 years old and I cannot remember a time when I didn't have piles and piles of books. When I was in 7th grade I started reading Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, Patricia Cornwell, etc. So by the time I was 20 I was kind of burned out by all the adult books I had read. I switched tracks. I started reading Young Adult literature. I love the books that YA authors put out there. This generation has a huge problem with being butt-hurt. This generation also has a huge problem with suicidal kids and adults. These YA books are something I think that is helping some of these kids and adults. Yes, the books are fiction, but reading a book about someone who might be going through what you are going through gives hope. These books help take kids and adults minds off of how truly shitty their life is and gives them a little piece of calm and comfort. Saying Young Adult books aren't real books is like saying "fuck you, you stupid little suicidal, depressed kid" and why would anyone say that? I have watched the YA book world EXPLODE in the last few years. Just this year alone, 2016, I have like 200 new release books. When I first started reading YA there wasn't much of anything out. Mainly Goosebumps and Babysitters Club. Those are great books, don't get me wrong, I grew up on them. But now, books mean so much more than just a spooky read. These books have emotions. They have structure. They have MEANING to A LOT of people. 

So the video this hateful person posted makes no sense to me. How can someone want to tear down children? Young Adult books are read by EVERYONE. And, in a world where technology has taken over, why would someone trash talk a book convention where people are actually interacting with each other, face to face, instead of through a computer screen? To be honest, I don't think this guy even thought about that. I think he just wanted to put his sexist point across and try to hurt a big group on women. But guess what? We aren't just a big group of women. We are readers. We are strong and we will stand behind one-another until the day we die. There is so much shit going on in this world right now and you chose to bitch about young girls wearing makeup and showing off their new books? Shame on you. Some of these people only have books in their lives. Books are the only thing that helps them get through the day. And you want to belittle them? And my nest question is WHY are watching girls haul YA books when you don't read that genre? I know Booktube is open to everyone but I don't see the point in watching girls videos where they haul or talk about books that don't interest you unless you have an ulterior motive. 

I will leave this rant at that before I start saying some nasty things. Don't EVER let anyone belittle you because of something you enjoy. NEVER STOP READING! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE IN!

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