Weekly Geeks: O.C.R.

September 27, 2010 at 12:30 am 4 comments

I have to say, I love it when Weekly Geeks coins a phrase. This week, it’s the O.C.R., or the Overly Critical Reader. Such readers over-analyse every aspect of a book, refuse to like characters unless they “prove” themselves, and repeatedly roll their eyes while reading.

Some of these symptoms, I’ll admit, sounded familiar. Turns out that I can be a bit of an O.C.R. — shocker, right? This might be a symptom of having to tear books to shreds for an entire college career, but I have to say, I cannot read a single piece of chick lit or inspirational fiction without the eye-rolling, the shouting, and the character dislike our Weekly Geek described.

How do I get over it? Well, I avoid all chick lit and inspirational fiction, mostly — apparently I am just not cut out for them, and I’d much rather read something I’ll actually enjoy.

What about your, readers? Are you O.C.R.s? How do you — or do you? — overcome those tendencies?



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bernadette in Australia  |  September 27, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    LOL, I would be rolling my eyes so often I’d get a headache if I read either of those two genres – I think the most disappointing feeling in the world is the anticipation of receiving a present which you can tell is a book but when you unwrap it it turns out to be some inspirational piece of nonsense that the person who gave it to you is going to ask you how much you enjoyed every time you see them and then you’re going to have to start avoiding them….

    Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything

    • 2. Kate  |  September 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm

      Ha, YES, inspirational book presents are the worst! Books as gifts are tricky at the best o times, but when someone gives you “The Purpose-Driven Life” or similar, it’s hard to say “thank you” in any kind of convincing way. Ugh.

  • 3. Shannon  |  September 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I’m the opposite – NCE (Not Critical Enough). (I made that up. Just now.)

    I’ll read any old garbage if I’m bored enough. And then I feel unclean afterward.

    • 4. Kate  |  September 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm

      Oh, that’s funny! Like you have to take a shower and read Proust or something? ;)


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