Allow Me to Readersplain

Allow Me to Readersplain

Links to the original sources. If the links don’t work, the author may have deleted them, but surely someone out there will have screencapped them.

“Fascinating to see responses to [book by another author] because I think many of the book’s readers are just, like, wrong about what books are/should do.”
Tez Says: Books can make you think. Books can make you feel. Books can make you fangirl. Books can make you rant. Books can make you totally neutral, with no thoughts or feelings other than “meh”. All of these are right. Books SHOULD be professionally edited or, at the very least, copyedited.

“Basically, I would argue that books are not primarily in the wish fulfillment business.”
Tez Says: Books are primarily in the to-be-read business.

“My argument is that readers have certain responsibilities to a book, just as the book has certain responsibilities to them.”
Tez Says: Readers have the responsibility to purchase books from legal sources, or borrow them from the library. Also to return the books to the library in the same condition, and pay for repairing/lost books.

“Yes, readers have the right to feel whatever they want. But as readers we all make choices about how to read.”
Tez Says: As long as you acquire the book through legal channels (read above), you can read a book however you like. Barely restrained joy, “hate-read”, standing on one leg with your other leg at a right angle whilst wearing rollerskates and a mankini. There are no right or wrong choices, as long as you don’t do anything illegal.

“I’m advocating for an approach to reading fiction.”
Tez Says: I’m advocating for reading fiction.

TEZ’S MORAL OF THE STORY: I won’t tell you how to write, if you won’t tell me how to read. I won’t readersplain, if you won’t authorsplain. Because authorsplaining really grinds my gears.


8 responses to “Allow Me to Readersplain

  1. christinamofranke


  2. And I couldn’t have put it any better myself. Excellent post.

  3. This was an excellent post, and I am rather disappointed in Green right now. I personally tend to dislike books that are too “wish fulfillment-y”, but that doesn’t mean others have to, that one reaction to a book is right and another is wrong, or that authors have a right to tell readers how to feel about what they’ve read.

    • I prefer realistic endings, rather than happy ones, but I wouldn’t pontificate that there’s a choice to be made in HOW to read a book. You just read it, and interpret it as you see fit. And if you read it “wrong”, then maybe the author wasn’t clear enough in the text.

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