This is one of those things I think about A LOT but have never tried to put into words before because I don’t even know to explain it and because most people just give me weird looks when I try to talk about these types of things.
But you all, the book community, get me! At least when it comes to books and reading and all the wonderful things related to the two. And that’s kind of what this post is about, celebrating our similarities, our differences, and the people who understand us :-)
We all love finding our similarities. Hell, that’s one of the reasons many of us blog—we like being able to communicate with like-minded people who share a passion for books. We also love finding people who like the same books as us. Even when we read, we love finding characters we can relate to.
But it’s our differences that make the world go round.
Some people are passionate about science, and that’s why we have technology and medical advances. Some people are passionate about cars, and that’s why we have people to help us fix them when they break. Some people are passionate about teaching and great with kids, and that’s why we have teachers—the list goes on and on. We’re all passionate about different things, good at different things, have different personality traits, etc. It gives us variety, it fills in all the gaps that would be there if were all the same, it challenges us, and it keeps things interesting.
But this also applies to books.
See, I sometimes think about how oddly specific my taste in books can be, but then I think about how the reason I’m able to have that taste is because there are authors out there who write it.
And the beautiful part of this is that this goes for everyone. No matter how weird or common or specific or stereotypical or out-there someone’s taste is, no matter what genre or genre mash-ups they like, no matter what types of characters they like, there will be books out there that suit them. And no matter how weird or common or specific or stereotypical or out-there an idea an author has, no matter what genre or genre mash-ups they write, no matter what types of characters they come up with, there will be readers out there who want exactly what they’ve written.
So even though I obviously love finding readers who have taste similar to mine, I also appreciate everyone out there whose taste is different because it’s the differences that give us such a diverse and wide range of books to choose from and that give us the opportunity to try new things, to find what we love, to be ourselves and to actually put passion into it. I also love finding out the little nuances in people’s taste, the specific, random, strange things, because it reminds me how unique and interesting each person is. If we all had the same taste, that would be boring.
And to me, this thought—that there will always be a book that fits exactly what you want or a reader that wants exactly what you’ve written—is comforting. Not only does it mean you’ll always have another good book to discover, it also means that even though we’re all different and ourselves, we’re still never alone because there’s always someone else out there who understands at least this one part of us.