We already had a discussion about trolls and their hate for what you read, but what happens when it’s a friend or an acquaintance that ridicules your choice of literature? Does it offend or can you let it roll off your back?
You tend to be friends with people because you have things in common, but that doesn’t mean you will have the same ideas and opinions on everything and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Don’t let yourself be swayed by their opinion. Have a debate about it. Perhaps they are looking for something more out of the books they read while you’re simply looking to be entertained or to lose yourself for a couple of hours.
If these people disagree with you, do you feel bad or think less of yourself because of your choices and opinions? You shouldn’t. We have discussed many times the difference reasons why people read and why it’s okay to want an escape over an intellectual hurdle to read.
At the same time, you shouldn’t totally diss their opinions and reasons either. Keep an open mind. There’s no shame in changing your stance on something so long as you believe in the reason you’re changing it for.
As a writer I know not everyone is going to love my books. All you have to do is read reviews and see that there is almost always at least a couple on any given book where people totally disliked the book, even if it’s gotten an immense amount of 5 star ratings. People enjoy different things. It’s just a fact of life. That being said, if you want to turn the pages and read something, don’t let reviews or friends or trolls stop you from doing so. Read and form your own opinions and then you can sing the book’s praises or agree with the haters. Just be sure you’re able to back up your reasons. Don’t just jump on the hate/love bandwagon because there are many on that train already. It’s always better to make your own decisions and don’t worry if they differ from everyone else. It’s okay to be different. What really matters is what you thought of the book. Not what everyone else thinks.