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A lady in the Facebook group said when she told a person she read fantasy books it’s because she’s escaping from an abusive lifestyle and using fantasy as an escape from real life. As women wouldn’t read fantasy otherwise.

Scary to see so many closed minds about.

« Last Edit: December 16, 2019, 01:47:33 PM by Eclipse »
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2019, 02:04:58 PM »
Just thinking does this only happen in English speaking countries?

I have to admit I keep my love of fantasy books mostly here. I only admit to reading fantasy books to someone if I feel comfortable with them.
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2019, 02:51:46 PM »
You know that fantasy is used for eroticism in Turkey.

As for fantastic books, many regard them as childrens' book. That's one of the reasons I prefer to read e-books instead of hard-copies. I do not  need to justify my own taste for the books.

Other than that, I haven't heard any comments such like that but Turkey is not known for its lust for fantastic books :)
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2019, 03:04:57 PM »
Deja Vu glitch in matrix? I swear I've seen this content before.  ;D

But as Iso said, most believe fantasy are for kids and YA. GoT (TV series) has done wonders into changing this perspective, but still reading fantasy borders on nerd kingdom.
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2019, 03:15:20 PM »
When people say I read fantasy to escape reality, I am quite bemused. That to me is very much the point, and in fact is the definition of fantasy.
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2019, 03:25:25 PM »
I don't care about any potential looks I get. It's their loss... ::)
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2019, 03:28:00 PM »
Do you get book snobs in rest of Europe then , I thought it might just be here (Britain) and America.
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2019, 03:47:40 PM »
Do you get book snobs in rest of Europe then , I thought it might just be here (Britain) and America.

There are book fetishes who are show off-s. They put everything they read on Instagram and consider themselves higher than the rest
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2019, 03:51:30 PM »
^ I assume you mean they do that with a different attitude than what we do here in the "what are you currently reading" thread, right?

I'm not sure about Portugal, of course, but given that Fantasy seems to be growing in shelves on bookshops, it might not be so badly regarded.
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2019, 05:19:00 PM »
I don't believe I've encountered this even once. I know people who don't read fantasy, but not someone who will criticize or scorn the genre. I'm old enough to remember when SF was dismissed as rayguns and BEMs, but that was already fading in the rear view mirror when I was in my teens. For point of reference, I'm sixty-eight.
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2019, 05:44:12 PM »
Not since I graduated, no. But since I don't read in public, and only talk about books online or right next to the fantasy section in bookshops, that's to be expected.  ;)
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« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2019, 11:15:30 PM »
Before GoT, I used to get a variety of "that's weird escapism / just dragons and wizards / just sexy vampires / for kids / I don't get it" comments about reading fantasy.

Since GoT, people just ask me for recs. :D

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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2019, 12:52:47 AM »
Escapism is exactly what I read for. never really been bothered about what anyone thinks of what I read as those who tend to comment negatively obsess about football or the lives of b list celebs or soap operas and don't comprehend that is also escapism.

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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2019, 05:06:38 AM »
Before GoT, I used to get a variety of "that's weird escapism / just dragons and wizards / just sexy vampires / for kids / I don't get it" comments about reading fantasy.

Since GoT, people just ask me for recs. :D
The popularity of the show did definitely make it less unusual to see people reading fantasy.
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2019, 06:44:03 AM »
I had some Christains' tell me fantasy books are Satanic and for children, I must repent immediately.