This week I want to talk about opinions, specifically about opinions about books and bookish topics, but general opinions as well. Because, in my opinion, opinions don’t matter.
Everyone has an opinion about the books they read. They have an opinion about the author, the genre, the characters, the plot, tropes, book length, format, cover, etc. I know I certainly do. And that is great! Because everyone has the right to their opinion. Not everyone is going to agree with that opinion, and that’s great too, because having different perceptions and opinions is what makes us unique.
But the thing is, no one’s opinion is right or wrong, they are just opinions based on our experiences. And everyone’s opinion is just as valid as everyone else’s. So it really doesn’t matter whether I love or hate a book you have the opposite reaction to. What matters is our responses to each other’s opinions.
So basically that’s it. My opinion is just an opinion. I’m not right or wrong. In the grand scheme of life, my opinion doesn’t matter to anyone except myself. And maybe a selection of readers who have similar taste and read my blog and are interested on whether or not I liked a book. And same goes for everyone else. Your opinion is just an opinion. You’re not right or wrong. As long as we treat each other with respect and honor everyone’s right to an opinion, whether or not it agrees with our own, we’re golden. This applies to more than just books of course.
I feel like people forget this sometimes and believe that their opinion is the only one that matters. And maybe it is the only one that matters to them. But that doesn’t mean it has to matter to anyone else. We have to respect their right to their opinion, but we don’t have to agree with it, or even to acknowledge it. We can let their opinion live in the world right alongside ours without quarreling, arguing, or analyzing. It’s our choice.