Friday, August 22, 2008

Bad Book-Buying Behaviour?

On my latest trip to the local bookstore, after a quick stop by the magazine section to gape at Keira Knightley’s awful hair on the September cover of Vogue, I made my way over to the relatively (and unfairly) small YA section.

I had a pretty good idea of what I was going to get - I usually do - but my plans seemed to be put on pause when a couple of YA-haters were snickering and voicing their opinions all too loudly. (Particularly in regards to the covers of L.J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries and the content of Erin Haft's Pool Boys.)

Maybe I'm just aging myself here, but I think that acting this way in an all-too-public bookstore is horrible. It made me not want to shop around them and it can't have been any good for business.

Have you had similar experiences?

3 comments:

Jena said...

No, I'm happy to say I haven't. But my claws are out--many are the reluctant reader I've hooked on books by starting with with The Vampire Diaries (or one of Smith's other trilogies).

Just Blinded Book Reviews said...

I actually have had something like that happen while I was in a bookstore as well, and I thought it was completely immature of them. I'm not going to write what they said because some of it could be considered offensive to people. Plus, the kids making fun of those books probably don't read books without pictures in them.

Khyrinthia said...

That's never happened to me. Whenever I go to the bookstore, there's no one else in the YA section. Sometimes there's an adult looking at a YA shelf from a distance, but they try to be secret about it. Doesn't work.

And why the heck would someone criticize the Vampire Diaries covers? Lots of covers in every part of the bookstore are pretty ick, so why just talk about the Vampire Diaries?