I'm not even bother with beating around the bush. Plainly and simply, I love reading bad books.
Now, I don't know what this makes me.
But I cannot deny my love for bad books. There's a source of heavy entertainment that comes from reading the right ones. Because when I say "bad," I mean a very specific type of bad books. Somehow in my mind, there's a kind of "good-bad" and a "bad-bad.
I love to read books that include huge negative hype, ones that I think I'll hate, stupid characters, trashy knockoffs, cheesy and laughable romances [but not gross ones] and books with senseless but fast moving plots. However, all my "bad books" have to have writing that doesn't make me want to pull out my own eyeballs because if the writing sucks, then, I don't want to read the book.
Books that I don't want to read include offensive content, dragging and boring writing, what I consider gross content [like huge age difference student x teacher] or authors behaving badly.
I don't know if it's curiosity or boredom, but I just like doing it!
Take THE BROKENHEARTED for example. I knew it was going to be bad. I heard so much crap about the instalove and the wannabe plot and yet, I found it at Goodwill for $2 and took it home. Obviously, I hated it and got annoyed a lot but there were moments that I read it with a smile on my face. And I have no idea.
And then there are books that I put on my GR where I know I'm going to regret wanting it but it sounds so bad and I must have it! An example of this would be VELVET because it doesn't sound like it's for me at all. The whole romance seems like a bag of Cheetos and yet I want it. I've heard that it isn't bad but I know that I'll most likely hate it because of my reading tastes.
I guess I find fun in making fun of bad books. Does that make me a bad person? I don't do this all the time, but on the off chance, I'll pick up a bad book and it'll just make my day. I think that this is easy to do for me because I have no line drawn when it comes to DNF-ing.
I will DNF whatever I want, whenever I feel like it, even if it isn't always logical. It's just my way of reading.
However, there is a line drawn for reading bad books. I didn't think I would, but I do have a limit. I want at least half the books I read to be decent. While I do use bad books as a source of entertainment, there's also something magical about a book that blows my mind. It would feel really useless if all I read were bad books. What I'll do is if I've got a bunch of "meh" books stuck on reply, I'll go for something terrible just to make things exciting!
So is this weird? Have you ever done this? I don't know if I'm just a masochist or I have way too much time on my hands. Or maybe I'm just bored with life. I have no idea.