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Loving something is not a contest

This is a post that has been a draft for a very long time. A post I dug up from time to time to add some more lines pretty much every time I felt the need to hit someone over the head with a book and shout at them that loving something is not a contest. I just had to get it out in a way that did not involve me turning into Hulk. As there was another situation yet again I thought it was finally time to actually publish it. 

Loving something is not a contest!

Everyone loves something in their own way, shows his love in their own way and just because their way is different, doesn’t mean they love it any less than you do.

 

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read the book. Someone who has read a book only once doesn’t love it any less than someone who has read it 10 times.

It doesn’t matter how many copies you own. Someone who doesn’t own a single copy because they borrowed the book, doesn’t love the book any less than someone who owns 5 copies.

It doesn’t matter when you read the book. Someone who only recently read a book that has been out there for months/years doesn’t love it any less than someone who has read it when it was published.

It doesn’t matter how many books you’ve read by an author. Someone who has only read one book by an author doesn’t love them any less than someone who has read all their books.

It doesn’t matter how your book looks like. Someone who keeps their book in pristine condition doesn’t love it any less than someone who adds a ton of stickies and marks all their favorite lines.

It doesn’t matter if you forget details about a book. Someone who forgot a lot of details doesn’t love it any less than someone who remembers every tiny detail about it.

It doesn’t matter how often you think and/or talk about a book. Someone who hasn’t talked and/or thought about a book in years doesn’t love it any less than someone who talks/thinks about it daily.

 

Sometimes I come across people who seem to think otherwise and it just baffles me. People who seem to feel the need to best you in everything related to a book/series and make a contest out of it. I for example have read the Harry Potter books only once. I only reread the first three for the first time in 2013. I’m actually really excited to reread them this year and find out all the things I forgot. I know it will be a lot. All this doesn’t mean though that Harry Potter is not important to me. This series means the world to me and I love it with all my heart. I just don’t show it by remembering everything about it, by rereading it every other year or by constantly talking about it.
I really need such people to stop pretending to be bigger/better fans. The same goes for people who think they are more excited/eager for a sequel btw, just because they waited longer for that book.