Alright guys, I recently started reading for pleasure on a regular basis and I started browsing this board for book suggestions, however it seems to me that perhaps this board is nothing but a bunch of hipsters who fancy themselves as intellectuals and try to take pride in their "great taste" because they have nothing legitimate in their lives to be proud of. Am I wrong? Did I just get a bad first impression? (I agree with some things, like that harry potter was shit tier, but I also think that people on this board are trying way to hard to look smart)
i'm pretty sure you're only now realizing how stupid you are but a part of you doesn't want to admit it
this is an anonymous forum, not high school, there are no points given for seeming nonchalant about or hiding one's own abilities
you may not be used to this
get good or gtfo
ya know I considered that, that maybe I'm just not as smart as these people. But on the other hand, I've known a good number of people who are factually stupid as fuck, but who grandstand constantly to try to look smarter than everyone (my roommate lies about his grades, his major, his internships, and generally his life accomplishments to everyone he meets).
I think the problem is that you arent intelligent or well read enough to go to worthwhile threads. You look through the catalog and go "oooh, Stephen King! or Oooooh Tolkien! or Ooooo Genre Fiction!" You ignore post modernism, you ignore racialist stuff, you ignore snobby troll threads, and you dont make an effort to write down and track what might actually be good.
Pic related, its the suggestions ive gotten off /lit/ in the last 3 days.
>I started browsing this board for book suggestions
>The suggestions on this board are just hipster grandstanding
While IJ and Gass posting is subtle trolling by most, people are being serious when they say they love Yasunari Kawabata
I don't know, I certainly don't consider myself well read, but post modern is actually my favorite genre. I liked Tolkien and fantasy stuff as a kid but it doesn't really appeal to me anymore.
I'm sure there are some really smart people on this board, but in my experience people who feel the need to prove that they're smarter than others or to tell people that they're above average intelligent are usually not.
it's about half the board. they're assuming everyone else is as dumb as them. just keep reading and you'll get the pleasure of making one of them wet themselves because you read the book they only claim to have read. some people will give you good recs, but check other sources that aren't hiding their mundanity behind seven layers of irony and remember everything is lies regardless.
tl;dr- most books tell better lies than this place. be friends with them instead