Normally, I wouldn’t even comment on this sort of thing, because whatever, if people want to do stuff, then so be it. I don’t mind people wanting to colour in, but geez… am I the only one who thinks this trend is getting outrageous? I’ve been watching with growing scepticism for a few months, and thought asking the very wonderful brains trust of my readers would help me gauge what others think of this
I went to Dymocks the other day and right in the doorway was a massive display of colouring in books for adults. On their top sellers list, 5 of the 10 top sellers were various colouring books. The lady at the counter and I had a chat about it, and she was as bemused as I was about the whole thing. It’s not just in Australia either… if you go on The Book Depository’s home page, at least 4 of the 5 top sellers have been these colouring in books. It seems insane!
I totally get where the idea comes from, and mindfulness is a fantastic idea. I totally get how people would find it relaxing, it’s kind of like knitting in that it’s a repetitive action involving colours. If I were having more surgeries in the near future I’d probably buy one just to pass the time, since I struggle to read when my mind is that addled- I have tended to go for crosswords though. So while I get it in some ways, it just seems to be out of control right now!
I feel sad that people are going into bookshops and not purchasing actual books. Adults not reading upsets me almost as much as kids not reading, because I hate to see people miss out on the magic that is books. The only good thing is that these adults might also grab a book while they’re in there, but discussion with the girl at the counter kind of shot that idea down. Then again, at least the bookshop is selling something, so hopefully won’t disappear altogether, which has been a nasty cloud looming over Australian bookshops for years. It’s just… colouring in?!
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hated colouring in as a child. It made my hand hurt and I didn’t like having to colour in with the “right” colours all the time- why can’t the little fairy girl have green hair? I could never get the pictures to look as good as other people in the class either, but that’s probably down to technique and laziness more than anything!
The world is busy, and stress relief is good… but you know what you can buy in a bookshop that also relieves stress? Books!
Am I being too harsh? Have you got in on the colouring trend?