Janet (j4) wrote,


Elitism used to be great, but now simply everybody's into it, it's just not the same.

You speak eloquently and have seemingly read every
book ever published. You are a fountain of
endless (sometimes useless) knowledge, and
never fail to impress at a party.
What people love: You can answer almost any
question people ask, and have thus been
nicknamed Jeeves.
What people hate: You constantly correct their
grammar and insult their paperbacks.

What Kind of Elitist Are You?
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It's not true, though. I know a lot of people think I'm an anti-genre-fiction snob because "I don't read science fiction", and to be fair, I do only say that to wind them up, so I deserve what I get. The thing is, I don't go out of my way to read science fiction; I do go out of my way to read good books. I'm not as ingenuous (ingenreous?) as I pretend, but genre isn't the first thing I notice about a book. I'd much rather read a really well-written SF novel than some piece of overrated crap by Dickens that he wrote to pay the bills and spun out as long as possible because he was getting paid by the episode.

It's the same with the way people talk about books. I'd rather talk to somebody who was enthusiastic and eloquent about Jilly Cooper than somebody who was po-faced and boring about Shakespeare. I may have ideas about what books are 'better' than others, but they're my ideas rather than absolute truths: and when it comes to having conversations with people I don't care if they know much, so long as they know what they like. I like people who enjoy things and have opinions on things, people who aren't afraid to live.

The food questions in the quiz annoyed me, too. I am a food snob, but it's the quality of the thing that matters, not what type of thing it is. I'd rather have really good pub food than mediocre 'posh' food. I've had plates of chilli-and-chips that make me go into rhapsodies over the spicy taste and just-right heat of the chilli, the perfect consistency of lean-but-not-too-lean mince and vegetables which are somehow fully integrated into the mixture yet still distinct, the crispy-yet-greasiness of the chips, golden and glistening and crunchy and soft in all the right places... just magic! ... and I've had fancy food that's left me cold.

I'd rather things -- and people -- were fully themselves than that they were any one thing in particular. What I value in the people and things around me are craftsmanship, wholeheartedness (not to be confused with single-mindedness) ... quintessence. The things I feel that I so badly lack.

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