21 July 2012

Tendencies

I've always been the kind of person one would call a book worm. I don't just read books, I devour them. Actually, now, I do that with nearly every kind of entertainment. So it's no surprise that one of my favorite places is a bookstore. There is this nice big bookstore in the shopping center in town. In the lack of anything better to do, I went to take a look at the new books. The thing that caught most of my attention is probably the fact there are so many books that could have been there age ago, but now, they are in a different shelf, bearing a different cover. Some of them were marked as recommended reading or bookstore suggestion.

Tendencies and trends are more and more common. Sometimes, it's nice to go with the flow. Because when you see the reasoning of such trends, you might agree with it and adopt it. But when catching the latest tendency starts to grow like a snow ball, things don't look so fun to me anymore.
What prompted me to this was the fact that half of the current literature aiming either for kids or young adults or even mature adults involves one or more of the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves. When you turn to TV shows and movies, you see exactly the same. God, this has to stop! (And I don't even believe in god.) I don't judge books before reading them. I'm not much of a fan of vampires or zombies. And they are what constitutes the mainstream now. It's not like all of those books are bad, but some of them only sell because they have vampire or zombie or werewolves stamped into their synopsis. I have to say. I read several of them, and some are really crappy stories. Just because night creatures are trendy now doesn't mean you have to catch that wave. It doesn't mean that you won't judge what you read and what you see for its own value. Going for the trendy things is the easy way. But doesn't that make you a little bit of a lazy person?
Do we have to be this lacking in personality and reasonable thinking?

Doesn't trends show a huge lack of creativity?
Just because 90% of the people in class thinks the answer is A doesn't mean A is the correct answer.
Just because ten people wear red clothes doesn't mean you have to wear red clothing.
Just because there is one good book about vampires doesn't mean all books about vampires are good.
Just because there are tons of bad fairytale reinterpretations doesn't mean all of the are bad.
Trends only exist because people feed them.

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