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We all know the advantages of being a Bookworm – the richness of imaginative experience (a.k.a. day-dreams), the broadening of horizons (a.k.a. someone else’s ideas), the constant friend always by your side (a.k.a. book) and vast built-up reserves of general knowledge (a.k.a. trivia). But who talks about the disadvantages, huh? Besides the all-pervasive semi-myth about geeky bookworms (Simply stated, the myth goes Bookworms are geeky), who can speak, off-hand, about the problems, the real problems?

Think about it – you excavate your nose from the Lord of the Rings (the one they made the movie on, yes) and realise that in the past hour, your mom has volunteered you for dishwashing duty, your boyfriend has left you (you’re not sure why, you weren’t paying him any attention) and a little dog has begun to gnaw on your ankle…  It’s just so easy to get lost in the make-believe worlds the authors lay down for you – for that matter, it’s easy to lose yourself in a book of general knowledge, if you have the right Worm-mindset (which all Bookworms do). You lose out on the real world.

Actually, this wouldn’t be such a tragedy if it were the only problem – after all, you just have to sit down and read every newspaper for the last three years, and you’ve caught up!

The real big whopping problem a Bookworm faces is the Non-Bookworm. The Non-Bookworm can be intelligent, dumb, cool or dweeby. It makes no difference.

Picture this – you blissfully hold your breath as the hero jumps the villain and proceeds to prove why he’s the hero. The drama and tension increase till you are on the edge of your seat – when suddenly a curious voice asks, “What are you reading?” Having received your hasty answer, the Non-Bookworm is not satisfied. “How many books do you read in a week?” “How can you read such thick, fat books?” “How can you read so much?” “Don’t you get tired, just reading-reading?” “Have you read this book before? You have? Why are you reading it again?” “What will you read next?” And finally, the No-brainer: “You know, I can’t read like you do.” (Duh.)

Worse yet (!) is the Non-Bookworm Best Friend. The one who believes that all your reading is excessive, and that you need to get a life (mere breathing and pulse-rate is not proof of life). “Come on, you! Put that stupid book away – let’s go have some fun!” (This always bewilders, since you think that you already are having fun). The friend continually knocks books out of reach, refuses to keep quiet and give you any peace, is always trying to have very noisy fun - by your standards, that is…

Worst of all (yes, there’s more!) is the Non-Bookworm-adult disapproval. Parents, teachers, mentors, grandparents all shake their heads and mutter “What she will do with her life, I don’t know. Always reading, reading, reading. Lost in some dream world.” Poor you is constantly reminded that exams are looming near, that no one can afford to lose a year, that reading so much is not healthy (You’ve never even suffered from the common cold, but no one pays any attention to that). After a while, even you, despite your habitual lack of attention, can repeat all these speeches by heart.

It’s a worm’s – sorry – It’s a dog’s life, being a Bookworm… The stress is so bad, you’ll need to read something to get away from it all.
Well... I wrote this a long time ago. Call this submission nostalgia...
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Let's face it: us bookworms have it rough. Reading is great fun, but non-bookworms can really muck things up. The Bookworm Laments by ~RomaV is a hilarious rant, perfect to kick off the Read More in March project. ( Featured by lovetodeviate )
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Rax-177 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Yup.
Is it really so hard to understand the joys of re-reading I ask you?
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RomaV Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
What's the point of buying books at all if you won't reread them? People can be so obtuse!
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ColorMeBeautiful5 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
That is so true!
Its fantastic to get lost in an imaginary world and forget all your problems, but then people have to interrupt you, and try to spoil your fun. Then all the Non-bookworm people can never understand and your non-bookworm best friend just doesn't get it. :/
You said it perfectly.
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RomaV Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Thank you. :)
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MonkeyMadman Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
I can really relate to this. Especially the annoying Non-Bookworm and the Non-Bookworm Best Friend who simply can't understand how fun reading could be.
I have the luck of having a Bookworm aunt though ;)
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RomaV Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
My mum has begun making noises about giving second-hand bookstores my books to make space and get rid of "clutter".

My heart breaks!

Thanks for the comment.
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MonkeyMadman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
My condolences. :'( I'd probably cry if my mom got rid of my books. Why not hide them under your bed?:D
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nohnohnahnoh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
u can be a reasonable book worm !
well..i used to..not anymore nyways!! i read 2 books aweek..i finish all the books i have..i start rereading them..i have over 12 stacks of books..novels..politics.. physiology. u tell me a line, and i remember the whole book LOL :]:]
i love my life this way..its not a dog's life!

i liked the end though..we need to read sth to get out of that stress lol :D no hope! its all about reading!!
good job..keep it up :D:D
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ShadowShogun50 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay! I love it since I agree with it mostly with the First paragraph ^_^
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2panda-bear2 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Student General Artist
i love your bookworm lament!

i have a non bookworm best friend too though hes more of a non fantasy bookworm alwasy asking "why do you read those?" ug!
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RomaV Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
I had a boyfriend like that. He was seventeen. :)
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2panda-bear2 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Student General Artist
lol wow
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xXLulu-PansyXx Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Yeah, bookworms! God thing for me, my dad actually likes reading (he was a nerd) and has a whole libraries´ worth of sci-fi books. Ah, yes, but my friends are annoyng. Sometimes I´m like, "Just shut up and let me finish my book already! I have only 52 pages left!" Good thing I work at the library, so I have SOME solitude. :)
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RomaV Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
You know what sucks? My parents are bookworms too! Or at least, they were once. Then they "grew up" and stopped. They still read, but they just have, well, things they must do and stuff. Mostly I think that if they hadn't had kids they'd still be bookworms. But they've to feed us and clothe us and generally take care of us when we have nervous breakdowns (go us!).

Anyway. Whenever I get around to rewriting this - a project which I've planned since I wrote it back in godsknowwhen - I shall talk about kids. And how they are obviously evil, what with needing to be fed.

Fifty two pages is not much at all, TalkingTooMuch People!
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xXLulu-PansyXx Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Yeah. Like my Dad hasn´t read much of anything in a while. Kind of weird, but the last thing I remember him reading is the last Harry Potter book. And my Mom just isn´t much of a reader. :( But I find it weird that, at my old school, people used to watch me read. o.O And ask me what page I´m on every five minutes.
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ankokuketsueki1000 Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Ah yes, my non book wormy friend cara always make sure that I'm unable to enjoy the book I'm reading. >,> I don't even think she owns a single book in her house. Being a bookworm is fun. Oh, and what about those parents who think you should only read textbooks? Like mine.
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RomaV Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
I'm not sure where to classify them. I think mine are currently in a mode where they worry that I do not socialise enough, that I shut myself off from the Real World. So even when I am reading proper shit like newspapers they get that I-Love-My-Baby-Girl-But-She-Is-Overfunctionally-Literate look. That look makes me sad.
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ankokuketsueki1000 Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
I hate that look, although they only give me it when I'm not doing something educational
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RomaV Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
:( Life's a bitch. :)
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ankokuketsueki1000 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Of course it is.
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russianhydra Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
I wonder if any non-bookworms are gonna get around to commenting on this wonderfully accurate piece of writing.
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RomaV Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
I think I might be embarrasedly aggressive if they did.
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Cat-of-the-Skies Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
This is basically the story of my life. And I have non-bookworm friends. And they have asked me those questions. Normally, they ask me whenever I have a book with me. Which is normally 24/7. So I've lately taken to thwacking them with the book when they pester me.
You captured the essence of the bookworm perfectly. I'd give you a medal, but I'm too busy reading. xD
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RomaV Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
We don't need medals, we carry books. :)

My mom has taken - very recently - to saying "Be in the moment, not in the book" whenever we're in the car and I'm reading. I don't really see why a bunch of cars and bikes and people outside the car are so much more real than the world I'm reading about inside. I'm more cut off from those outside people. I'm in the car, they're outside. No connection between us. People think that reality is somehow tangible. It's not.
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FlashFour Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
I love this. I am a bookworm, but luckily I have bookworm friends. You put the obnoxiousness of the 'non-bookworm' perfectly.

Great job.
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RomaV Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I have both. One of my nonbookworm friends is a semiregular reader now, which is nice, but she has this bad habit of following me around in bookstores, instead of doing her own thing. She looks mostly at books I am looking at, and if I buy something, says, Lend that to me when you're done. And I feel resentful.
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Kieranfoy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
That so perfectly sums up my life that words cannot express my admiration, not even al the words I've learned in my years of reading.

:worship:

But emoticons can... weird.
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RomaV Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
And that's a particularly cheery one. :) Thank you.
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alilyofaday Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008   Traditional Artist
Just read though every one of the comments- you really do care (in overzealous squealy voice)! You made my day. Really a lovely piece. And like yourself, my mother was constantly trying to get me to go out and find a boyfriend and stay out late... ironic, since this is a teenager speaking.

ps. Also, what about nerds that love non-fiction?
pps. Thanks again.
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RomaV Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
I don't think nerds who read non-fiction are all that different from nerds who read fiction. All of us are explorers through text - it's sort of like saying that someone who goes to the moon is not fundamentally different from someone who maps a forest in, I dunno, Germany. We're readers. And everything is, in some senses, a story. A narrative. Fiction and Nonfiction fall within narrative/narrated frameworks. We're all one big huge diverse not-talking-to-each-other-except-when-we-do family.

My mother was thrilled I didn't have a boyfriend (that she knew of), so I win on that score too. :P
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Myrada Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Wanna know what happened today? In science had literally 2 pages left. Immagine my excitment.....
My eyes flew down the words, trying to cram them in before class started (lately, I'd gotten my book taken away A LOT in class. My computer teacher caught me and just SHUT IT-yeah I KNOW-and my science, and math teacher each stopped me from reading to focus as they lectured dully and improfatbly on)

As I turned the page, reading the last one, I was suddenly bombarded with questions.
"What are you reading?", "you read ALL THAT?", "Don't you love it when you finish books?", "Are you done?", "how long is it?", "when did you start?"

Finally, I ended up looking like a physco and snapped at their non-bookish asses
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RomaV Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
They are SO predictable!

What were you reading?
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Myrada Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
just finished up the twilight series. A lot of people prompted me to read 'em. Very good actually.
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Myrada Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
Do you know whats sad? I'm reading about reading, and I now have the sudden urge to read. Jeezus.....

I love this. Its endearing to us bookworms.
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RomaV Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
We need our PR, dude! :)
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Zidas Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
Yeah... skillful words can easily absorb time (aka life). But yet again, at the end, the expansion of horizons gives the experience of more lives than just one [not just the wits, but emotions 'n' stuff you technically could never feel in RL] =D
Books are cool... bookworms too. One without the other couldn't make the creative sparks glow so bright :teamwork:
Imagination rocks :headbang:
Awww... *looks at the time*
Must go... find... someone... I mean... something... to read...
Gotta go now... :sprint:
...neat thoughts, btw =D
:reading: *readoholic*
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RomaV Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
Thanks. :)
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bellacullen124 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
Um...okay a bit depressing. I find being a book worm very rewarding. People admire me and i know exactly wat i'm going to do with my life becasue of it and while i joke around with my friends about having no life, i really do. But good writing
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RomaV Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Dear heart, it was meant to be funny! I am a bookworm because that is what I am and I like it. It doesn't mean I can't see the attendant adjustments that sometimes some of us have to make. Every lifestyle needs some, you know, and these, at least in the earlier years, are ours. It's easier when we're adults, I think. People are expected to be less capable of radical changes in personality then, and so aren't expected to become different or try to be different than what they are unless their behaviours are actively harmful. Anyway. Funny. I'm sure you're very admired for being a person, not for being a role.

<rereads essay> Where do I say that we're not successful, anyway?

... I'm sorry you feel offended, but rest assured it wasn't meant to be taken seriously enough to insult anyone but the people who don't understand us. And not even them if they're nice about it.
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bellacullen124 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
no i don't feel offended. i meant my comment to be a little bit of a joke too. but i like ur writing style. It was pretty good.
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TerrorCookie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
This is hilarious, and true! It definitely describes me. My excessive reading habits have gotten me into all kinds of trouble, though I think I'll keep on with it. :giggle:
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RomaV Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
The best way to die. :)
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TerrorCookie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
Agreed! :XD:
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ThePurpleNurple Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
Our only lament is in not having read this sooner. :cries:
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RomaV Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
:)
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swordbunny4486 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
reminds me of my schooldays...
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Skylark252 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
That is too true in so many ways. People just don't understand that a book i sometimes more entertaining than they are. ^^ Wonderful put and very well done.
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RomaV Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thanks.
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random-nothings Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Student General Artist
Am I the only person who's gotten TWO detentions for reading?
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RomaV Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Well, I have had books confiscated because I was reading them in class. And once, at a parent-teacher meeting, a teacher begged me to stop reading. Said it was destroying my future. :)
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