EBA: Kaya asiwa ako sa mga "book lovers". Feeling laging matalino. Pauulanan ka ng mga pamagat ng libro at pangalan ng author na sila lang ang nakakakilala para ipamukha sayong ang galing-galing nila. Pakiramdam mo tuloy sobrang bobo mo na.
DIEGO: Hindi naman siguro lahat. Ako, ang mga hinahangaan kon tao na mahilig sa libro e yung may matututunan ka pag kausap mo, yung makikita mong naging marunong at mabuti syang tao dahil sa pagbabasa nya ng mga libro.-from "Lumayo ka nga sa akin" by Bob Ong
I've never met a 'book lover' described on the first paragraph.
Thoughts/Questions: Citing obscure or little-known books=trying to look smart? 'loving books'=feeling matalino? Being pseudo-intellectual?
That means reading is somewhat seen as an 'intellectual' hobby. I tried reading literary criticism, and most of them are bloodless and dry and sucking out the joy of reading. There's a lot of psychology and kinds of reading I admit I don't understand at all. It seems that the more interpretations, the farther away from the actual story. Sometimes its pointless to look for meaning, actually. You waste time looking for meaning, you don't see what's happening in front of you. You stop seeing things as they are, which is more important.
Unrelated: I think, if one really enjoys something, there's no point in impressing others with it...
I was wrong saying I don't like Bob Ong because he's popular, now that I know better I retract that. Lumayo ka nga sa Akin's message is good... its showing cliches in TV, movies, popular culture, and how it affects our society. One character has a person without a job because he's waiting to win money in a noon-time show. One's an actress complaining our preference for foreign things, when she's endorsing whitening products herself.
META: There's always something in 'wanting to be different'-- I remember a high school classmate disliking some anime he likes because someone else knows about it. Disliking something because someone else likes it too is idiotic. That thing wasn't made for YOU alone, snowflake. It was made to make money for whoever made it. (I admit I was like that, too-- but its better to be grateful that someone else shares the same interest)