In our small section of the family, we have, what my mother calls “catholic tastes” – in other words we’re pretty easy going. She once found herself being sneered at in a jury service waiting room for daring to admit liking the Harry Potter films.
“How old are you?” he said.
Erm, I think she was about 62 at the time!
You just have to take a look at my GoodReads account to see the kind of books I like. I don’t care what the genre is, unless the subject matter really turns me off (like 50 Shades, sorry, but ick) I’ll give it a go. I think I read Wolf Hall just after reading the last Twilight book, and I enjoyed them both.I still fondly remember the Point Horror books I used to read at school and I’d recommend some of them to adults.
The downside to this, “catholic tastes” malarkey is that I never know what I’m going to like (The West Wing? Yes. The Wire? No – too violent for me.) I usually don’t like anything, book or film, that feels pretentious. I know I don’t like the Da Vinci Code (ok, I really don’t like it). However, I wouldn’t judge anyone else for liking something that I didn’t, and it was great to see Rae Carson sending that message out to her followers.
I think we should all be proud of what we read, or write about. No matter what other people say.