I had no idea there was such a thing as a book snob. I had no idea if you did not read Young Adult you are considered a book snob.
King James Bible (1 Corinthians 13:11)
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
No, most adults aren’t book snobs, it’s that they have already read what young people are just now reading. I read “Lord of the Flies” and “Lord of The Rings” in 3rd and 4th grade. I was so sick of “Lord of The Rings” by the time the class finished reading it that I was exhausted, and apparently I wasn’t the only one in the class who was exhausted for everyday when the bell rung we all rushed out the class room like the office workers in the opening of the old, “Drew Carey” sitcom. LOL!
My teachers made us decipher allegedly hidden codes or messages perhaps in the book. Everything from what did the color of such and such represent? To what it meant to the adventures to find what they seek? One question I remembers? What Frodo Baggins, a the young well-to-do hobbit meant when he said such and such. I can’t remember what she asked me about what he said. LOL! To things like what was Gandalf the Grey, a wizard best known for among hobbits besides his fireworks and mischievous sense of humor? Who was the most powerful wizard of the Middle-earth? To talk about Samwise “Sam” Gamgee a hobbit, Frodo’s gardener at home, and his servant and friend on the quest for what?.
But as an adult I thanks her now for being so hard on me. It caused me develop an outstanding attention span. And it helped me to get into a habit of looking for symbolism in a book.
Perhaps had she left me alone and let me read it without having a class discussion of every other paragraph I might had enjoyed it more.
So, the next time you see a person above 25 reading Lord Alfred Tennyson, instead of the latest YA, don’t automatically assume they are a book snob it’s just that they grew up. They have already read what you are just now reading and when you have raised a family and worked a real life job and paid bills your perspective in life changes and so does your reading material.
Occasionally, I still read a YA. But not as often as I read them as a child and early teen. I set aside days for traditional YA because even as a child I was reading things like “Les Miserables, Macbeth, The Life of Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Steinbeck, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and etc., I remember reading a book called “The Main Ingredient” but can’t remember who wrote it.
I guess I was a kid more like Sheldon from the “Big Bang Theory”. the so-called traditional children books didn’t interest me. I remember when I was five and my teachers were trying to get me to read, “Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat.” I said, “No, I don’t want to read it. I’ve already read it.”
I believe different families have different critiques for their children’ reading materials. Just because a family select advance reading materials for their children doesn’t make it abnormal if a parent or child select reading beyond that which is typical for their age group. It doesn’t mean the family is snobbish. I think it’s wrong to hold a child back to appease others’ expectations. If that child is more advanced than his or her’ peers let them express their interests. Let them soar to their greatest potential. To dumb them down to fit in with their peers is wrong. It kills their intellect.