Nowadays, social media is all about the visuals, which can be good or bad. I think Instagram is great in that you can see crystal clear pictures of anywhere in the world that you can’t easily visit. On the other hand, people tend to go out of their way to create something that’s deemed visually or aesthetically pleasing. This could mean succumbing to what’s generally ‘in.’
However, following a trend isn’t necessarily bad, sometimes its a good thing. As for the one you’re about to see, well, we’ll let you decide that one.
On Instagram, where life plays out in squares, there’s a hashtag going around about books and it’s a bit random. #Backwardsbooks has made its way onto the ‘gram and people are getting mad. Many decor, home, and apartment sites have been displaying it. What’s the hype? People are rearranging their bookshelves so that the plain inners of the book face outwards rather than the distinct and colorful spine. It’s supposed to be a more modern and aesthetic way of displaying your books. Kinda like these pics:
I mean, I totally understand that it looks nice and the yellowed, aged pages look earthy, worn, and minimalistic. Plus, it’s more neutral than covers of every color. But at the same time, there’s so much to be said against it. For one, you won’t be able to find a book you’d like to reread. If you have visitors, you’ll be less likely to discuss common reads. Also, they’ll just learn less about you.
By showing the inners, we are taking away from the books by making them a piece of decor. At the same time, it’s a little silly to show off the covers of all your books just to appear literary on social media. All things considered, though, I’d still take the old-fashioned way.
I try to see both sides of everything, but my idea is this: Having your book spines facing out isn’t showy at all, it’s just what we’ve done with social media that’s made it out to seem that way. So if you’re in on this slightly impractical trend because you like the look of it, then go ahead. But don’t just do it for the ‘gram.