Liadin Posted January 24, 2010 Share Posted January 24, 2010 the interesting thing about this so far is how folks have bolded items. narcissists, like me, have bolded the top two items on their list, indicating that they believe that the items that most affected them are also top tier texts. more humble persons herein have bolded items within various tiers, in acknowledgement that even though the bolded works are special to the lister in question, the lister is nevertheless not the center of the universe, and therefore those works may still not be top tier.An odd comment. Any ranking of books is subjective, based purely on opinion. If someone bolds a book lower on the list, it doesn't seem to me an expression of humility so much as "this book was really amazing in one way, but imperfect in others, and thus not in my top 4 genre books." Whereas bolding books in your top 4 doesn't mean you're a narcissist, it means you believe those books to be not only excellent on all objective measures, but personally relevant to you as well (or whatever ranking criteria you use). It doesn't seem at all odd to me that those criteria would overlap, that excellent books are the most likely to affect people's lives.Someone who thought a book was perfect in every way but put it in a lower tier because they thought other people might not agree wouldn't be "humble," they would be lacking in independent judgment, and their vote would be useless, reflecting what they see "the consensus view" to be rather than an individual's honest opinion. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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