Don’t tell me you’ve never heard that before. In fact, you’ll be blessed with unnatural luck if you’ve managed to escape it entirely. Me – I’ve grown up hearing this phrase. Internet, teachers, parents; you name it.
Only now did I actually think it over, and realize how much this irks me in so many different ways. It mildly annoys me.
So, in this post I’ll list the three ways the phrase has managed to make me want to fling butter scones at the person who utters it.
1. I become irrational things, like bananas and puppies.
Er, I am what I read, I get that – but what is the last book I read was something like this:**
Doesn’t make sense, right? Nonetheless, I wouldn’t exactly mind being a puppy. They’re adorbs. I’m sure I would make a very fascinating banana though, I can assure you that much.
** Don’t make that face xD I haven’t read anything remotely close to these books for over a decade. Thankfully.
This phrase is an outrage! A scandal! A disgrace! It doesn’t even make sense…
2. I pay for the mistakes of other authors
Okay, another reason why I don’t like “You are what you read”
What if the books I read were absolutely terrible? What if I didn’t like the book I read? So now I have to pay for reading a book I didn’t even enjoy. Huh.
I am metaphorically forced to become a book I didn’t like, which technically wasn’t even my fault – in the end it was the author who was responsible for the existance of so and so dislike-able character.
3. False hope
Fine, so let’s just say maybe the phrase is referring to the books you love, the books that have remained in your heart so long that they’ve become a part of you. But even in that aspect, it’s still inaccurate.
But worse…it gives you false hope!
Unenlightened soul: You are what you read.
Me: Ha! I’ve read Harry Potter over and over 35281767.98 times, and I still haven’t gotten my letter yet! I’ve read the Hermione bits again and again and am I a witch yet? Nope.
Can you imagine how damaging this can be for young magical wannabes?