So I never rant on this blog, but I just felt the need to discuss this topic...
I was perusing Goodreads the other day, looking for my next New Adult title to read (LOVING this genre right now) and I couldn't help noticing- FREAKING GIFs ARE TAKING OVER!
I always use Goodreads (as I'm sure many of you do, as well) to find relevant recommendations that are similar to titles that I have read and loved, and I always like to read reviews of friends and strangers within the Goodreads community to sway my choice of whether or not I will purchase said title. But I'm finding that this practice is getting a wee bit more aggravating as these GIFs become more and more popular, and I'm forced to scroll down two entire pages (in some cases) before I can get to an actual review.
For those of you who aren't sure what I mean when I say GIF (Graphic Interchange Format), I'm referring to those mini videos/Photos that are on constant replay that seem to be appearing EVERYWHERE in the blogsphere. Seriously, I'm not kidding. Try going one day without coming across one on Goodreads. I dare you haha.
Don't get me wrong I actually find a lot them to be entertaining, in small doses (i.e. one or two, hell even three is cool with me) but 12+ in one post, come on. I feel like GIFs are starting to substitute actual words. I counted, in one review post, 10 GIFs against a total of 14 words, which consisted mainly of bleeped out curse words. Entertaining? Sure. That's how they get all their likes, and by extension, the top of the review list. Helpful? Not really, and it's not just one review like this it's TWO FREAKING PAGES full!!!
I'm not trying to say we should get rid of GIFs, and I'm not saying we should restrict the number of GIFs one can use in a Goodreads review, because, as nice as that would be, it would take away the whole right to freedom of expression and such. I just really felt the need to rant and put my thoughts into words, because this flippin epidemic is driving me nuts!
But hey that's me, I know there are a lot of book lovers out there who would disagree with me on this (please don't come at me with a GIF parade *throws up hands to protect myself*) haha, but I'm truly curious, what are your thoughts on this growing trend- Yay or nay?
Thanks for listening (or should I type READING) to my first little rant.
*Side note: I thought about including like 20 random GIFs in this post out of irony, but didn't want this post to take up my whole blog scroll haha.