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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2019, 11:58:55 AM »
I had some Christains' tell me fantasy books are Satanic and for children, I must repent immediately.
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What a stupid idea of Christianity...
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2019, 12:41:29 PM »
I’m reading this as Satanic books are for children lol
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2019, 12:46:13 PM »
I had some Christains' tell me fantasy books are Satanic and for children, I must repent immediately.
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What a stupid idea of Christianity...

I was more caught by the idea that they're okay with children reading Satanic books :)

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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2019, 01:39:00 PM »
I’m reading this as Satanic books are for children lol

I had some Christains' tell me fantasy books are Satanic and for children, I must repent immediately.
:o
What a stupid idea of Christianity...

I was more caught by the idea that they're okay with children reading Satanic books :)
;D ;D you have the same idea, which is so funny!
I hadn't noticed hehe
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2019, 07:42:21 PM »
Now that you mention it, I don't think they realised what they said, English is a second language to them maybe they got the grammar incorrect.

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« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2019, 01:16:15 AM »
"It's perverted." "It's escapist trash." I've heard many comments like this. And I know of one person who stopped reading fantasy because of them.

Once when I was reading a fantasy paperback someone asked "What's that?" as if I was holding decomposing animal. They could clearly see the cover. I answered "It's a book," and just got a blank stare.

And from an independent bookshop in the UK, "We don't sell that sort of thing here!"

I doubt if it's just the UK though. I've seen similar attitudes around the world, if not specifically about fantasy. I've never had a satanic comment though—that's something to look forward to.

 


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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2019, 07:55:49 AM »
I went to a tv site to see reviews of The Witcher

Comments were along the lines of only nerds love dated sexiest fantasy tv series.
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2019, 09:23:09 AM »
I don't even waste time on people like those, ho ho ho.  8)

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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2019, 09:37:52 AM »
I don't 'admit' to it, I say it. It's not a crime.  8)

I have little to no patience for people who make snap judgements about an entire genre based on some stuffy preconception. So I either ignore them, or I slowly and deliberately explain to them why they are wrong to judge.

When people are of the horrible misconception that all fantasy/sci-fi is trash, I like to inform them of how storytelling works; that at its core it's about the people who experience something and change as a result, and thus it can be done well or poorly regardless of external matters like the setting.
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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2019, 09:48:20 AM »
Does anyone go up to a person and say  why are you watching soaps there are  Escapism trash do something better with you life. I wouldn’t dare haha.



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Re: Do you get any strange comments when admitting to reading fantasy books?
« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2019, 03:33:06 AM »
If a religious person cares to comment on the fantasy I read I will usually gently shut them down fairly fast by making comparisons between their book and mine, both tend to require suspension of disbelief and I know mine is fantasy.

When someone starts throwing words like satanic, devient, trash etal you can guide the conversation into 'oh what should I be reading then?' before using the arguement above.

Except the satanic the satanic one is great thats a 'you really are an idiot to believe what the controlling idiots said about everything they don't like, can't explain within their narrow viewpoint or are uncomfortable talking about. You need to read some books'