Blogger Hop: Clashing Beliefs

April 19, 2017 Blog, Discussion Challenge 2

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21st – 27th – Would you stop reading a book if an element of the plot strongly clashed with your personal beliefs, or would you continue reading until you finished finished the book? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

Oh, a political hot button issue! To be completely honest, my belief is that it is much more important to accept people as they are, rather than shunning them for who they are not. That said, if I’m reading something that doesn’t quite mesh, like for instance I’m a bit of a prude so there’s a fine line between what I think is sexy and what I think is going overboard, so I just flip through those sexy scenes and read the rest like nothing happened.

I do try to understand why people ditch great books like Harry Potter, but in reality, I just can’t wrap my head around it. Harry Potter came out when my daughter was struggling with reading. She much preferred reading something way below her education level so tackling something like Harry Potter was a nightmare. I read the first book to her and she got the HP bug. She was about 10 and decided she would read the rest on her own. I love that she was able to grow with the characters as the books came out. Now my daughter is reading circles around me. She works for a Shakespeare theater!

Now, don’t get me wrong, each to their own. Everyone has that right. But books are a way to make us use our imaginations! They help to push you past your comfort zone. Admitting I have a prude for my inner self is hard, but I know and move along with my reading. That said, I don’t normally read those books that are considered soft porn. Whew, that would put me WAY out of my comfy zone!

Do you stop reading if a book clashes with your beliefs?





2 Responses to “Blogger Hop: Clashing Beliefs”

  1. Mareli Thalwitzer

    I’ve missed last week Friday’s Book Blogger Hop, so I didn’t answer the question. But it is a good one yes!

    I agree with you on the soft porn. A definite big clash for me.

    I don’t mind a book with “controversial” religious undertones. I know what I believe and it’s not easily going to be shaken. What I don’t like are books that are just plain immoral and the author just let it slide. If you want to make a point – make it. Shock me, make me think. Upset me, let me throw the books against the wall. But DON’T just let it slide…
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    • Christina

      That’s a great one! I think it’s smart for writers to remember to not be lazy with their characters. I am sure that gets difficult! Funnily enough, I love religious undertones until it sounds like the author is trying to preach to me through the book. That can work for any religion too. I love when characters know about their religion and have faith but don’t try to work that too much into the book or you could turn readers that may otherwise love you, off.

      Love that comment about letting it slide, though. I have to remember that one!