Reading Children Books.

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So I started picking up Diary of Wimpy kid Books. It started out high school when it first came out, and I started buying the next book in the series. aand now here i am college and i still pick up the next.

But when ever I read out around (subway, bus, etc) i always get those other's looking and/or eyeing me. Is it odd that I am reading these? there for children to pre-teens students. and even i on occasion where, i seen people reading books for young age. but is it Odd thing to read Children books even though your older than it?

Well, they're more for teenagers than young children, but I would have thought the recent popularity of The Hunger Games and Twilight would go some way to proving that it can be considered pretty normal.

Also, I'm fairly certain The Hobbit is being read by a whole new surge of adult readers at the moment, and that was definitely originally intended for young children.

Read what you like, and screw what random people around you think. If it's socially acceptable for people to read Fifty Shades of Grey on the London Underground, I'm pretty sure you're ok to read kids' books :P

"When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."

― C.S. Lewis

If you enjoy something then carry on doing it. I think that more people should find their inner child and stop trying to be 'grown up and mature.'

And as Eamar said, The Hobbit and LotR are considered great literature for all ages but was written for children just as much (or even more so) then adults.

I think Harry Potter and all the clones broke down the barrier between adult audiences and children. I think it's perfectly normal for you to read school fiction, though would it be that bad if you were caught reading something "odd"?

All the kids in my family read those books. I do it and I'm 25. My brother does it and he's 23. My sister does it and she's 12. My other brother does it and he's 11.

Don't see why not, my logic is if you enjoy doing something and no-one is harmed, why care what anyone-else thinks about it? There's definitely something to be said for the simplicity and entertainment of an well-written, imaginative children's book (not kiddy dross that gets pumped out at 10 books a year by a group of authors under a psuedonym, you know what I'm talking about), not everything has to be 'mature' or highbrow.

They're more for the 8-18 year group. Vaguely like novellas, or light novels, or something like that.

I read kids' books. Like Harry Potter, and that one British series about a fat ginger girl trying to get laid.

dylanmc12:
They're more for the 8-18 year group. Vaguely like novellas, or light novels, or something like that.

I read kids' books. Like Harry Potter, and that one British series about a fat ginger girl trying to get laid.

Bridget Jones is ginger?

If it's fine to watch children's cartoons or play children's games as an adult, I don't see why reading children's books would be any different. At almost 22-years-old, Redwall is still one of my favourite novel series, and I feel absolutely no shame about that fact. If the stories are still fun to me, then I'm not going to stop reading them just because I've moved out of their target age range.

I never feel bad about reading a book if I enjoy it (I am 23 btw). So waht if it is ment for kids does not mean I cannot enjoy it. I still reread the first 5 Artemis Foul books every now and then, I read skulduggery pleasant (at least I did, did not like 7 and 8 never griped me so I gave up half way), I still read Percy Jackson and the sequal series (even if I don't like most of the new characters). But if it bothers you what other people think then get a Kindle, that way nobody will ever know what you are reading.

Eamar:
Well, they're more for teenagers than young children, but I would have thought the recent popularity of The Hunger Games and Twilight would go some way to proving that it can be considered pretty normal.

Also, I'm fairly certain The Hobbit is being read by a whole new surge of adult readers at the moment, and that was definitely originally intended for young children.

Read what you like, and screw what random people around you think. If it's socially acceptable for people to read Fifty Shades of Grey on the London Underground, I'm pretty sure you're ok to read kids' books :P

Except one is intended for ( female?) adults and another is intended for children.

OT: Part of being an adult is doing what you like when you like. If people looking at you because you are reading a childrens book bonthers you, you haven't really reached adulthood yet.

As an almost 30 year old adult, no it isn't odd. People put all this stigma on books being for certain ages and once you pass said ages you shouldn't be reading them. I pay no mind. I read a mixture of children's, young adult, and adult novles. And really don't care about the looks I get.

krazykidd:
Except one is intended for ( female?) adults and another is intended for children.

Ummm... Yeah, Fifty Shades is intended for adults. It's also porn. The sort of thing most people who read it would have been too embarrassed to read in public before it became a household name. My whole (slightly jokey) point was that if pornographic novels have become socially acceptable, no one should have any problem with a kids' book.

I would submit that everyone should read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster at some point, regardless of age. It's a children's novel, sure, but it's also one of the most cleverly written books I've ever come across.

I'm 21, and I still reread the Deltora Quest series every year or so. A good book is a good book, regardless of target audience.

Kids books can have their appeals even into adulthood. My mom still reads harry potter. Fuck I read "the phantom tollbooth" every once in a while.

Eamar:

krazykidd:
Except one is intended for ( female?) adults and another is intended for children.

Ummm... Yeah, Fifty Shades is intended for adults. It's also porn. The sort of thing most people who read it would have been too embarrassed to read in public before it became a household name. My whole (slightly jokey) point was that if pornographic novels have become socially acceptable, no one should have any problem with a kids' book.

Porn without the pictures. The only reason nudy mags are frown upon in public is due to the pictures of naked ladies, not the content.

And people not having problems with things is not how society works. However, part of being an adult is not caring that people are judging you based on silly normes.

The reason people look at him is because it's out of the ordinary, if a child was reading fifty shades of grey , they would vet the exact same look. It's not the book but the person reading it.

TL;DR : society sucks, do what you want.

Enjoyable literature is enjoyable regardless of the target demographic. I like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I hated Twilight. As long as I enjoy it, why not read it?

I read almost all of my books on a Kindle. I could be reading really filthy smut for all they know, but the leather cover gives me a slight air of sophistication. But I've never really given a crap. Then again, I used to be seen in public with D&D books. If I can live that down, what's children's fantasy?

Eamar:
Well, they're more for teenagers than young children, but I would have thought the recent popularity of The Hunger Games and Twilight would go some way to proving that it can be considered pretty normal.

I don't know about that. People thought I was weird for reading kids books before Harry Potter, and then they thought I was weird for reading kids books that weren't Harry Potter. I think these are more insular successes. Kind of like how superhero movies haven't removed the stigmas attached to comic books.

Read what you like, and screw what random people around you think. If it's socially acceptable for people to read Fifty Shades of Grey on the London Underground, I'm pretty sure you're ok to read kids' books :P

I'd also point to a double standard there.

krazykidd:

Porn without the pictures. The only reason nudy mags are frown upon in public is due to the pictures of naked ladies, not the content.

When's the last time you took a volume of erotica out in public and read from it?

Either

a.) tell those random bystanders to mind their own damn business and to try reading a book sometime,

or

b.) get yourself a tablet or decoy book (to hide the book you are actually reading).

You shouldn't be embarrassed for enjoying/liking something that you are passionate about.

People criticize others for being interested in video games that aren't an annual $60 cash sink while still paying and playing Candy Crush on their damn smartphones; people made fun of punks for wearing skinny jeans, but as soon as three kids started sporting them and based a stupid dance around them, it's cool to wear them*; people believe that reading books makes you look nerdy or introverted, yet somehow are completely understandable to those reading books that are later translated into the big screen and are generally an all around disgrace to literature and cinematography.

Bottom line, keep reading what you like and ignore the idiots. The sad thing is that those who stare and criticize you might not be able to read or appreciate the books that you read anyway.

*I really do hate those assholes; I hope they pass out due to poor circulation.

krazykidd:

Porn without the pictures. The only reason nudy mags are frown upon in public is due to the pictures of naked ladies, not the content.

I don't know about where you live, but over here there was a lot of media discussion about how astonishing it was that people were suddenly reading erotica openly. I wasn't just making shit up, it's just not done here. But obviously different cultures are going to have different reactions.

Probably best not to derail the thread much more on this though.

Odd? Yes. Something to be embarrassed of? No way. Harry Potter and Philosopher/Sorcerer's Stone was a kid's book, and if you feel the material is good who cares?

I suppose I was kind of lucky to have my favourite teen book series, Animorphs draw to a close around the time I graduated High School and thus avoid any odd moments trying to see the series through to the end.

On a side-note I've recently done some volunteer work at a gathering at my local library called 'Reader's Circle' where we help little kids read books suited for them, and while the kids' books are structured the way I remember, some of the Seuss award-winning Elephant and Piggie books are almost Homestar Runner-worthy humour despite being completely clean. Now someone might look at you funny if you were seen reading one of those, but you can just say 'I'm practising for reading it to my kid'. Contrary to popular assumption, kid's books require a great deal of skill to do well.

I started re-reading Nancy Drew books last summer and they are delightful. I'm on like 19 right now.

hitchhikers guide to the galaxy is, and will continue to be amazing no matter how old you are, Calvin and Hobbes still makes me laugh as well as think even to this day and people who don't say they like being immature are big fat liars. besides, you're the one siting there reading, they're probably playing candy crush and listening to dubstep. you just enjoy your literature buddy

The people giving you looks may not be judging you harshly at all. They could be thinking positively of you or re-evaluating their own beliefs upon seeing something which surprised them.

Even if they are judging you negatively do not concern yourself unless you are at risk of physical or monetary harm due to them. In such the case of risk, do your best to fit in.

Actually I've found this to be just an issue with books in general. As Flutterguy above says, they might not be judging you at all, or thinking negatively about your book choice. They might just want to know what you're reading. I've read books for several different age groups in collage and no matter the book, I always got people staring at me, asking me what I'm reading. It's just a point of curiosity for a lot of people.

I usually say "A book" and they respond with something like "Well yeah I see that, what kind of book?", but I really don't want to explain the entire plotline of The Hobbit to them, so I chalk it up to a genre.

Maybe they wonder what kind of book must be so awesome that a person wants to read it in public.
In any case, don't let it get to you.

I read whatever I pick up.

That said, I was a children's librarian (and still am a librarian) so I read whatever I want wherever I want and if people judge me I can laugh. Most of the people who judge don't read anyway, and their lives are all that much less for not. And those that do judge what you read aren't worth anyone's time.

Eh, I'm in my 20's and I still read young adult books like Harry Potter and Redwall. I dunno, I guess I find those fantasy books more interesting than the ones meant for adults...

krazykidd:

Porn without the pictures. The only reason nudy mags are frown upon in public is due to the pictures of naked ladies, not the content.

You would get weird looks here if you were reading an erotic book over here regardless if someone simply came across it on your bookshelf, under your bed or reading it on the bus. Now I see people reading 50 Shades of Gray on the bus every now and then. Things have changed over quite a short while.

OT: I am reading Septimus Heap right now. I think those books are intended teenagers mostly. I do like them though and I don't see why not. They might not be the most elegant books out there, but they help me relax. I have some adult books, both fiction and non-fiction, for those other times, but when I don't care about being taken seriously and I want to let my brain rest, kids books do the trick.

Why not? I read a lot of weird stuff in public, including really crappy things aimed at young girls (because I'm curious to see what kind of stuff is marketed towards girls), but also things I genuinely enjoy even though they are aimed at kids.

I made sure to NOT read Mein Kampf in public, though...

I've been reading more children's books the last few years than I ever had before. Although it's mostly because I studied Illustrative arts...

But I think it's just the same as grown ups who watch animated movies: Yes, kids are the target audience, but that doesn't mean you can't find the stories good, the artwork beautiful and its messages inspiring or relatable.

I see adults reading "young adult" type books in public all the time these days, but I rarely see anyone reading actual children's books (picture books and the like) - if I did I think I'd probably assume that they were a primary school teacher.

Zachary Amaranth:

Eamar:
Well, they're more for teenagers than young children, but I would have thought the recent popularity of The Hunger Games and Twilight would go some way to proving that it can be considered pretty normal.

I don't know about that. People thought I was weird for reading kids books before Harry Potter, and then they thought I was weird for reading kids books that weren't Harry Potter. I think these are more insular successes. Kind of like how superhero movies haven't removed the stigmas attached to comic books.

It probably varies regionally, but I've noticed that bookstores have generally moved the displays of the "Teen" books from the back (or next to the children's section) to the front (or nearer to the adult-aimed genre section), so I think there's an awareness in the industry (at least in terms of marketing) that what used to be an age-based niche has a broader potential market.

Raikas:

It probably varies regionally, but I've noticed that bookstores have generally moved the displays of the "Teen" books from the back (or next to the children's section) to the front (or nearer to the adult-aimed genre section), so I think there's an awareness in the industry (at least in terms of marketing) that what used to be an age-based niche has a broader potential market.

Or they discovered what the music and video industries discovered a long time ago: marketing to teens = $$$$$$$$

No of course it isn't an odd thing, some people may think it is. Hell a lot of people seem to forget that The Hobbit is a children's novel which Tolkien wrote to be a "Bedtime tale"

Yopaz:

krazykidd:

Porn without the pictures. The only reason nudy mags are frown upon in public is due to the pictures of naked ladies, not the content.

You would get weird looks here if you were reading an erotic book over here regardless if someone simply came across it on your bookshelf, under your bed or reading it on the bus. Now I see people reading 50 Shades of Gray on the bus every now and then. Things have changed over quite a short while.

OT: I am reading Septimus Heap right now. I think those books are intended teenagers mostly. I do like them though and I don't see why not. They might not be the most elegant books out there, but they help me relax. I have some adult books, both fiction and non-fiction, for those other times, but when I don't care about being taken seriously and I want to let my brain rest, kids books do the trick.

Septimus Heap! Such a good series. It'd writing style is something that I don't think any other book series has ever pulled off well, and I mean that. It's so weird and it jumps all over the place. Other books might devote an entire chapter to one character if they're feeling edgy and for some series, even that didn't work out too well. It took Riordan until his second book of the second series to truly get the hang of that.

Septimus Heap, though! Practically every new paragraph is a new character's mindset. It's erratic and odd, but it somehow works, though at a few spots it does fail that. Still, it's a unique series and it's nice to see another fan.

My personal favorite is anything related to Percy Jackson, and then Harry Potter. But, I've got to stop gushing about all of my different favorite teenage book series.

OT: Man, just read what you want to read and have no care about what other people think. Most of those people probably like Fifty Shades and Twilight or something like that, so they don't have any right to judge. I read stuff aimed at younger audiences all the time. I do the same with most other media as well, like movies. You're never too old to watch a good kid movie and you're never too old to watch a good kid book. Let out your inner child!

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