Now to being well-versed:
I was conversing with a friend last night on the topic of science fiction and fantasy and how difficult it is to keep up with everything in that genre. It's got a rich history and its output seems to be growing everyday, and a number of authors are very prolific. I read quite a lot, and I used to be able to read even more when I could take the bus to work and didn't have to deal with grad school und so weiter, but even so, I feel like my knowledge is scattered. I've read almost everything by a few authors, bits and pieces of a larger number of authors, but most I know only by name and reputation. Every once in a while I'll overestimate my reading prowess...
I'm now convinced that anyone who claims to be super well-versed in science fiction and/or fantasy literature is one of the following:
- overconfident of the proportion of it they've read
- ill-informed of the scope of literature out there
- confined to one particular sub-genre
- blessed with a life and job that lets them read 24/7 (and even then I doubt their claims)
Or maybe I'm just delusional in my interpretation of some people's claims or the feasibility of reading enough of these particular genres to be considered well-versed. Perhaps my definition of well-versed is simply too strict. I just know that I've read quite a lot, but still have much more to read!
What say you? How much do you think you have to have read to be considered well-versed, and are you there yet? How much do you read?