Hipsters are a strange breed. It’s an identity that can’t be claimed, only denied. But if you deny it, it means you’ve been accused. And if you’ve been accused it’s because you’ve probably done something extremely hipster-ish, like used the phrase ‘probably never heard of them’ in relation to a band.
So I’ve compiled a list of the ten signs you’re a book hipster, just to be helpful. Feel free to disagree or add your own in the comments!
People call me a hipster all the time, but an online quiz told me I’m a borderline hipster at best. Who to believe?
1. You don’t want an ereader because you want other people to know what you’re reading
You see these people pretending to read paper books all the time. But really they’re glancing around the room, to see who’s noticing them.
2. You like to take instagram photos of your food…with your book casually in the background of the shot
Actually, I did this the other day.
3. You now appreciate the works Stephen King produced in the 80s (but everything he wrote in the 90s was terrible)
“The Shining is a brilliant interpretation of the American ghost story but Rose Madder was meaningless twaddle.”
4. You are purposefully rough with your books when you read them so that it looks like you’ve read them several times more than you actually have.
Not only have I read all the books I own, I’ve read them all at least seven times.
5. You think you’re Hemingway
6. You have personalised book plates that say “from the library of (insert name)”
You do not have a library. You have a bookshelf.
7. You have a book bag
Normal people call them ‘bags’.
8. You like to hang out in independent book stores, but secretly shop on Amazon.
You probably make purchases on your phone while you’re in there.
9. You snort derisively at any book that’s popular without having read it
*cough* 50 Shades of Grey *cough*
10. Unlike music hipsters, you need authors to be verified by a major label before you’ll read them.
Hipsters only like authors that you’ve never heard of…who are published by a major publishing house and who are preferably award winners.