Thursday, November 19, 2015
Shooting Thoughts: Do You Like Book Art?
Last month I read and reviewed a novel called Found at the Library by C. J. Munoz, and if you remember, I said I would have a couple posts next month that were inspired by that book. So here we are! In the novel, one of the main characters is named Tommy and he creates beautiful pieces of art by sculpting actual books. I think this is a great idea. I'm one of those people that love book inspired art - from the purses made of actual books to people shaping the books' pages to look like something or to spell out a word.
At the same time, I know that some people think of this and don't like the idea. In Found at the Library, Mac is such a person. He hates the idea of a person "ruining" a book to make something. He's an author, after all, so it makes sense that he wouldn't want someone to take his work and completely change it. I know there are other people out there that are really protective of their books' physical state. You won't see them lying the book so the spine will bend. They would never fold a corner to use as a bookmark. I'm not like this, but it's okay if you are! We all show our love for books in different ways.
What I wanted to discuss with you all today is what side of this issue are you on? Do you like book art or do you think it's wrong to "ruin" a book? Is it different if the book is old versus new?
Be considerate of others' opinions, but don't be afraid to share your thoughts! We can all think differently about this topic and still love books and the art of reading.
Since I am a fan of book art, my other post inspired by Found at the Library is to share some book art I've found online! Be on the look out for that post this month!