Now, on to the prompt of the day.
Suggested by JM:
I was looking through books yesterday at the shops and saw all the Twilight books, which I know basically nothing about. What I do know is that I’m beginning to feel like I’m the *only* person who knows nothing about them.
Despite being almost broke and trying to save money, I almost bought the expensive book just because I felt the need to be ‘up’ on what everyone else was reading.
Have you ever felt pressured to read something because ‘everyone else’ was reading it? Have you ever given in and read the book(s) in question or do you resist? If you are a reviewer, do you feel it’s your duty to keep up on current trends?
I'll admit it: I had to look up "Twlight books" as I had never heard of that phrase before this morning! So, I join you in this uninformed state. After discovering that Twlight books are Young Adult books about a vampire, I can state that I feel no pressure to read them.
However, I have given in to peer pressure in the past. When Harry Potter books came out, I borrowed one and read it to see what all the fuss was about. I am probably the only person who didn't care for it.
When I was a teenager, Peyton Place was the book that everyone was talking about. I did give into peer pressure and read it. I got into trouble with my mother, but I loved the book!
My duty as a reviewer is to read and write my opinion about what I've read. With so many publications waiting for my attention, I will only read what I choose. No pressure there!
How about you? Do you ever read because of peer pressure?