Or, as is more common in the book blogosphere, what’s your favorite book? Favorite author? Favorite character?
I don’t know.
I’ve decided that “favorite” is not a word I like to as an exclusive term. I’ll say, “one of my favorites,” but generally not “my favorite.”
This is because the term has several issues I don’t want to deal with.
1. It carries with it a connotation of quality.
When someone says something is a favorite, I expect that thing to be good, not just popular or likeable. When I consider saying it, I hesitate because of that. What I like and what is good are overlapping categories, but not the same. I am not comfortable providing that connotation for someone else and being responsible for possible disappointment.
2. It may not reflect my development as a reader, writer, and/or person.
My reading is a little sporadic, because of a busy schedule at work and at school, as well as social engagements. Unfortunately, reading tends to take a back seat to other activities (such as sleep). Finding a gem can be difficult, too, so naming a favorite may not be reflective of my current tastes. For example, I enjoyed Junie B. Jones when I was in elementary school, but they wouldn’t necessarily satisfy me now.
3. Mood changes are a thing.
I may be in a mood for fantasy one month, and classics a bit later. Maybe I’ve read too much dark stuff and want something funny or light. I may unduly discriminate against something I’m not currently in the mood for because of my mood in that exact moment in time.
So, when you ask me what my favorite ____ is, please don’t expect a legitimate answer.
Do you have a favorite book/author?
What are your thoughts on favorites?