What does the term “guilty pleasure read” mean to you? I feel like to each of us, this means something different. To some readers it seems to have a bad connotation, and to others, it feels like the “right” kind of read to boast any mood. In the past, I feel like when I’ve referred to something as a guilty pleasure read, it’s taken the wrong way, or I’ve seen debates on other social media platforms about the term. Either way, it seems a good day to clear up what the term means to me as a reader.
Of course, like anything the below reasons are subjective, but here’s some of my observations and what the term means to me.
Guilty Pleasure Reads As Defines Something to be “Ashamed” Of
In my experience, this is the number one defining term I seem to see. It’s almost as if those who read something like a “bodice ripper” or something they wouldn’t want their mother to know they read is how they define the term. This is perhaps the truest definition of the term, but in my mind, this isn’t how I would use the popular term.
Guilty Pleasure Reads As Defined by Wikipedia…
A guilty pleasure is something, such as a film, a television program or a piece of music, that one enjoys despite understanding that it is not generally held in high regard, or is seen as unusual or weird.
See, me and this definition don’t exactly see eye to eye. Although the line about something not being in “high regard” does apply to some of my favorite reads which I define as guilty pleasure enjoyment.
Guilty Pleasure Reads Mean to Me…
To me, this term – while in some sense the whole unpopular scenario does apply in part, means a story that makes me really happy. These are the kinds of books that I can pick up to read at night and not have to engage my mind to figure out who’s who, or keep track of complicated historical facts.
Guilty Pleasure Reading: Why I Like It
This is precisely why I like “guilty pleasure” reads; it’s because of their ability to entertain and keep me invested in their respective stories. It’s for this reason that I like them so.
Guilty Pleasure Reading: A Few of My Favorites
Some of the books (or more like tropes/genres) that I pin with this tag include The Selection (Kiera Cass); Nicholas Sparks books; Kasie West books; marriage of convenience and fake dating tropes; anything that’s a good contemporary romcom with a light heart; and young adult books that are not targeted to my age bracket. But what are you going to do? The reader heart wants to enjoy fun reads.
What about you? How would you define a ‘guilty pleasure read’? How would you define your version of other popular reader terms? Do you agree or disagree with these points? Comment all of your thoughts down in the comment section.
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