Here’s the thing. I’ve noticed lately that a lot of people are arguing that The Fault in Our Stars is becoming mainstream or Oh my gosh, why are people reading my favourite book ever? And a lot of other statements along those lines. I’m not even talking about The Fault in Our Stars only. In fact, there are a lot of books out there that people are deeming as too mainstream. My question is this: why are people hating on other people who reads a popular book?
Let me first define what mainstream is.
mainstream, n. – the ideas, attitudes, or activities that are shared by most people and regarded as normal or conventional.
The definition states that mainstream is “the ideas, attitudes, or activities that are shared by most people and regarded as normal or conventional”. I want to emphasise the line shared by most people and regarded as normal or conventional. If mainstream is regarded as normal or conventional, then why the heck do people make it sound as if it’s wrong or revolting?
I think there’s nothing wrong with reading a popular novel. I don’t get why some readers are becoming possessive of their favourite stories. Sure, maybe it holds a special place in your heart and you don’t want other people criticising it. But doesn’t that sound a bit unfair for everyone? Books are for everyone.
I think mainstream is good because it means that the book is a success. The author has written something that has touched people’s hearts. And it’s because of their books becoming mainstream that they are able to write more stories for us readers.
Also, I admit that I’ve had this mindset too. Back then, I wouldn’t share my favourite books to my classmates because I don’t want them ruining my feels or my favourite characters. But now, I can honestly say that I’m gradually being more open-minded.
I asked people on Twitter to share their thoughts and I got very warm responses. Here are just some of them:
I am happy to see my fave books become great mainstream ones. I am not bothered to see a lot of people read my once non-famous fave book. I’m happy that the author is receiving love from a book that he/she made. Plus, the more the merrier, right? – Jules @ Jules Bookshelf
The sad truth is that some people only tend to like stuff when they’re mainstream because in that way they think that they’ll be accepted by their peers which is a very terrible mindset. – Kyla |@kylerfish|It’s really weird but this is very true. I’ve seen this kind of elitism everywhere – with books, movies, and then even music. I’m really not sure why but I have some theories. I think some of them are protesting against a book going mainstream is because they feel it will cheapen it, because they probably think anything that works for the masses are “dumbed down”. – Faye @ The Social Potato
I would really love to hear YOUR thoughts about this certain topic. What do you think about books becoming “mainstream”? Do you think it’s a good thing that books are getting a lot of hype?
A huge thank you to these awesome people who shared their thoughts with me (sorry I couldn’t squeeze in everyone’s opinions here!): Ella, Aimee, Jules, Faye, Dre and Kyla. Really appreciate reading what you have to say, guys!