A short rant of a post…apologies now!
I despaired today! I read a blog post where a blogger described (and admitted to doing it themselves) faking coffee and tea for their Bookstagram pics! The sad thing is that this person and their followers thought that this was funny, they thought it was a great idea?
Book buyers out there, tell me, does the perfect filtered picture make you run out and buy a book? Does the perfect colour of hot drink tip the balance between one book and another?
I’m not talking about artistically displayed photographs of book post or indeed about people using filters in their photos…we all do it at one time or another. But as a nation have we become that shallow that we base our reading habits on the perfect filter applied? What happened to the passion of the words, the emotions evoked, the level of engagement you feel with the characters? That sense of place and wonder when you open the pages and step inside? What does it say about our value of the written work and the hours, months, years of blood, sweat and tears that the authors put into their work?
Please for the love of god, do not let this disappear? Do not let us be taken over by the perfect pictures!