Why doesn’t anyone understand that the love of books and the love of reading are two different things. Hear me out. It’s true that at some point, they seemed like one and the same. But now that books are virtual, or on tape, or as snippets in video games…we can see the divide.
A book lover is most likely also a lover of reading. But you can tell a book lover because they love libraries, bookshelves, book stores. They go in and peruse the books for hours. They talk of the smell of the books, the feel in their hands. They use books as decorations in their home. Some keep them pristine, others let their books become lived in.
A lover of reading might not care to have books around, their physical presence. They want the stories, the adventure, the escape, the drama, the love, the loss, the mystery. They want to be taken somewhere outside (or inside) of themselves and just experience the story. Many people now read happily, all without bothering with books.
So you see, there’s a book fandom, and a reading fandom. You can be in both, you can prefer one to another, but don’t hate someone for belonging or not. Enjoy your passion, your methods, and celebrate others as well. The only fandom we don’t hang out with are haters.