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Am I a SNOB?

A few years ago, during one of those regular weekend movie marathons with my cousin, he suggested a movie that I hadn’t even heard of…You’ll love it, he said. I was skeptical…I didn’t think I’d like it but I figured, why not? The reason I gave it a try was because the movie wasn’t mainstream. That was also the reason I thought I wouldn’t like it. Needless to say, after I watched it, I fell in love. When I asked my friends if they’d seen it, they hadn’t even heard of it. Sweet! A couple of years later, the movie suddenly became mainstream. People started butchering the lines and overusing them…It didn’t last long but the movie sort of lost its original appeal for me.

When I watch a movie or read a book, I take it in on deep personal levels. Reading a book, especially, is an intense experience for me, which is why I try to stay away from mainstream books. Harry Potter, etc, had no major appeal for me, simply because I feel like they’ve been cheapened by EVERYONE talking about it. The more people are obsessed over a trend, the more I tend to shy away from it. In a way, I feel like if a lot of people start talking about it…it cheapens my own feelings. That might sound silly to most people but I like to give my all to everything in my life. That includes the experience of indulging in a book or a movie…or a song.

I don’t believe that I understand a book better than anyone else. I don’t think that I’m better than anyone in any aspect but I do feel a certain annoyance when too many people gush over something that I love in my own way. Snob is defined as:

–noun
1. a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others.
2. a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field: a musical snob.

I would never be condescending toward anyone but I also know the annoyance I feel toward certain things in life which is why I shy away from getting in discussions about an experience such as a book or movie that has hit me on a very personal level, as most of them do. As my good friend pointed out the other night when I told her about a specific annoyance, I do tend to get possessive…Yes, it’s kind of silly but hey, at least I own up to it.

So am I book/movie snob? I don’t believe so but I do tend to get hella possessive and annoyed about certain feelings that I have suddenly becoming cheapened by mainstream opinions and obsessions.

The reality may be that my feelings aren’t cheapened because they are as intense and real as it gets…but I will still shy away from all things mainstream, which is why I hardly read any entertainment blogs or news. I like being in my own little world, thank you.

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  • pecosa September 21, 2008, 11:47 pm

    I don’t think you’re a snob but I know what you mean. 
    I take my horrow movies seriously.  Al and I used to search high and low for the original versions of horror movies (usually foreign films…)  When they started remaking them all into American films, they lost their appeal to me completely.  I’m the same way with movie reviews.  If I read a review, I won’t watch the film because it’s not a clean canvas anymore, it has someone elses eraser marks on it.

  • Cassie September 22, 2008, 9:46 am

    I’m the same way.  I RARELY discuss any books I may be reading with people.  Movies are a totally different situation for me b/c I usually am not watching a movie alone, so it is easier to ‘share’ with others!!!

    I don’t do this b/c I’m being a snob….I just have my own opinions on these subjects and really don’t like having to ‘defend’ those opinions.

  • Jaime September 22, 2008, 10:28 am

    I feel the same way about almost everything. Books, music, movies, any kind of media. Things just lose their luster and feel a lot less private when everyone and their brother make a big deal about them.

    It’s not snobbery. Not really. It’s more of a healthy kind of selfishness (if you read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, one of the main characters embodies just this idea).

    I only recommend books to people whom I know will appreciate them. I rarely watch movies with anyone except a select few people. Just because I’m selective and private doesn’t mean I’m a snob. <3 It just means other people don’t understand. ;]

  • Vic September 22, 2008, 8:48 pm

    You are not a snob.

    You are a douche.

    You smelly titmitten…

  • LindaLou September 23, 2008, 10:44 am

    Blech!

    Who let Monkey Boy in? Sarah really needs to tie him tighter next time.

    Anywhoooooo…..

    I am a snob. Screw you.

    While I will drink whatever is bought for me (that’s how I ended up with Vic’s dad & the donkey..don’t ask) I will only buy Chopin Vodka or Grey Goose if Chopin is unavailable.

    As for beer, not much of beer drinker, even though I am half Irish, but when I do buy beer, it’s either Moonglow Weizenblock or Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Those are usually only available from September until November, so I’ll buy Ipswich Winter Ale after that.

    As for Whiskey, only Middletons Rare Irish Whiskey.

    You already know I spend obscene amounts of cash on handbags and shoes, so I’ll just stop now.

    So, Cliff Notes:
    I am a semi-drunken snob, with expensive shoes, clothes and handbags. Oh! I also own stock in Sephora.

    Muah!

  • Trista September 23, 2008, 9:10 pm

    As a person who gets excited in old, musty libraries, I gotta say that if I were to shy away from books that weren’t frequently read, I would be a sad, sad girl. No Dickens, no Hemingway, no Vonnegut, no Austen? No thanks! Now what I tend to shy away from is blockbuster films, reality television, and mass-produced books, like Sparks, Patterson, etc. And my reason probably would be viewed as snobbish, although I don’t think myself better than those who do peruse these things…it’s just for me, it’s about the artistic merit of the particular medium. Probably because I like to dissect everything; if there is nothing to dissect, there is no fun in it, for me.

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