Repurposing books…or not?

This video of Lauren Conrad cutting  up Lemony Snicket’s books for a craft project has gone viral, but not for the reason the TV star had hoped.  Book lovers are livid over cutting up perfectly readable books.  Ms Conrad talks about using vintage books, but here she’s a little misinformed. The A Series of Unfortunate Events books are relatively current titles that are still popular with children.

I’ve seen old books made into lamps, tables, and even Christmas trees. I’ve made “lace-like” table runners out of the  pages of an old dictionary and I’ve seen some stunning art created from books as a protest against library cutbacks.  I’m not really ofended by someone reusing or repurposing things, even books. Although, in this case, I may have passed those particular titles on to young readers or a school library in need rather than cut them up.

Lemony Snicket was asked by the Huffington Post what he thought about his books being destroyed.  His response was hilarious.

“It has always been my belief that people who spend too much time with my work end up as lost souls, drained of reason, who lead lives of raving emptiness and occasional lunatic violence. What a relief it is to see this documented.”

What do you think? Should books, even mass market books, ever be used in ways which they were not intended?

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