Don't judge a book by its cover.

We always hear that saying. But what about, "don't judge a person by the cover of the book he/she is reading"? I don't know where I'm going with this entry, but I just suddenly feel like writing about this.

There's Twilight, for one. I'm pretty sure some of the Twifans (is that what they're called?) are afraid, or rather, ashamed to read their books outside their own homes. I've been curiously watching the strong hate for the series online ever since the first movie came out. It's probably the craziest book bashing I've ever witnessed in my entire life. Was there a book before that had been as widely bashed as Twilight? Enlighten me.

To be completely honest with you, I have read Twilight. No, I'm not a fan. Yes, I've seen the movie (just the first one). I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I guess you could say I'm on the neutral side of the long standing debate about the series. It was weird. It felt more like a diary of a highly hormonal girl who had nothing better to do in life but think about a guy. Actually, it's like an English "pocket book" - you know, these things? At the same time though, I was completely absorbed. I found myself constantly making unbelievably absurd requests to my then-boyfriend and now that I think about it, I kind of feel bad for him (and for all the other boyfriends who, at one point in their lives, had to compete with a fictional vampire named Edward). Actually, it was more of me, constantly wishing mentally that he'd transform into someone as ideal and as impossibly perfect as Edward. This was how I read the book: I'd turn the pages, skipping the boring parts, and heading straight for the pages with the *SQUEEE* moments. It was purely a guilty pleasure for me.

So this is why I can't fully bash all those Twi-loving people (I don't bash anyone, in the first place. At least not publicly/openly. I keep those things to myself and within my circle of friends. Haha. I try to be positive most of the time). Because honestly, I can't find anything that bad to bash about it. I was once into it, as well, so who am I to judge all those people completely taken by Stephenie Meyer's imaginary boy? I only get upset, or feel slightly offended whenever they compare it to the likes of Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings because even I know that it doesn't deserve that high of an honor. Can we please leave Harry Potter out of this? Please?

Anyway, my point is (I do have one), a person can't exactly be defined by the book that he or she is reading/has read/wants to read. Literature is a form of escapism. We read because we like leaving our own lives behind once in a while and go into strange new places with strange new people. So, if Forks is where the Twifans want to go, let them go. You don't have to go with them, right? Respect each others' choices, is what I'm saying. My sister loves the Twilight series (the books, not the movies - although, we both agree that "Breaking Dawn" is kind of soft porn-ish already) and I don't hate her for it.

Okay, my question again is this: Was there a book before that had been as widely bashed as Twilight? Just out of curiosity.