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So clearly, I’ve been living under a rock for the last six months. A straight up Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants living situation. Or maybe even worse, because at least he watched TV and read newspapers. Anyway, something crazy has been happening right under my nose all this time and I didn’t even know. What am I talking about? The backwards book trend.
So if you are like me and you didn’t know this sort of madness was going on, I applaud you for be so disconnected from the dumb trends that get started on Pinterest. And if you need a briefing on what and why people are doing this, I’ll catch you up in just a second. But first I want to give you the run-down on how I even heard about this to begin with.
I like to think I’m pretty hip. [Although the fact that I used the word “hip” means I’m undoubtedly not cool at all.] I was Live Tweeting on a Saturday night with Nate and Jeremiah By Design on TLC, minding my own business as I’m crying my eyes out over how incredible these men are and the work they were doing for a homeless shelter. But then it happened. The Twitter freak out of all freak outs.
As Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent filled up a bookshelf with backward facing books the #NandJbydesign blew up. It freaking blew up you guys. The tweets came rolling in expressing the hatred and disgust that these dudes were doing this. Me, playing the hero to my bffs (although I don’t think the couple actually knows we’re best friends. Yet.) I swooped in to tell all these crazies to chill out. They’re only doing it for filming and photographs, and they’ll switch them back when the cameras leave.
See, here’s the deal. They were filling a huge bookshelf with a ton of books for the residents to read. Nice, right? Of course. But this is television, and the ability to obtain the rights to show all those titles and authors would take forever. #notworthit So the dudes were resourceful and just flipped them backwards. Harmless, right? Apparently not. As I kept seeing people freak out about this, and some of them straight-up bashed me too for speaking up, I realized this must be a bigger thing than just this one-off instance.
Turns out I was right. Some photo on Pinterest had apparently surfaced of a bookshelf with backwards books late last year. And they didn’t do it for copyright reasons. They did it for a “minimalistic” look. That photo went viral, which led to an outbreak of other loony-toons that copied it, thinking they were on top of the latest decorating trend. Hey, not all trends are good ones, remember? [Cough, cough, blush pink toilets and bathtubs, cough cough]
Now I see why the Twitterverse was so angry. They thought these men were taking part of the dumbest new trend of 2018. Now let’s clear it up, they weren’t. I was right (I love saying that) and Jeremiah tweeted after the show that they were in fact turned backwards for copyright reasons.
But let’s talk about the rest of the people that took part in this trend. They had no reason to avoid hiding titles in their very own house. I get that you want to have minimal decor, but hey, if you hate book spines that much, how ‘bout you throw some cabinet doors on that bookshelf and just cover them up? You tell me how in the world you’re going to find the book you’re looking for if all you see is a sea of beige paper edges. Spoiler alert, you’ll end up throwing the whole collection out in the floor.
Clearly, you, my book spine hating not-friend, don’t actually read. And have no intentions to. Or maybe you read them once and don’t plan on ever reading them again. Or maybe you inherited them from a family member and think it’s nice to slather them with years of dust pile-up. Or maybe you actually spent your hard-earned money on 150 random books just to fill a bookshelf so you can take a picture for Instagram and watch the Likes roll in. No, no one is that ridiculous…….If you’re so into minimalism that you have to turn your books backwards on the shelf, how ‘bout you just go buy a Kindle? M’kay? via @lelaburrisincClick To Tweet
But I’m a bit of a spiteful little character. If I ever visit your house and all your books are turned backwards, unless there’s a television production team there, I’m going to ever so gently bump that bookcase and watch them all fall to the floor in a big ol’ pile. And then I’ll be sure to direct you right here to this blog post as I gather my things and leave. Friendship over, you sweet little psycho, you.
Moral of the story? Please LIVE in your home. It’s not a collection of pages in a magazine. And it’s not a bunch of squares with hashtags attached. It’s a freakin’ house. With clothes you wear, appliances you use, furniture you sit on, and floors you walk on. Just be real people. You’re making life way too complicated for yourself.
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