Every time you use a book as a crafting object, a beloved fictional character is erased from the canon.
That’s the impression one gets from reading the reactions one gets to using an old paperback for something other than reading.
Miss Articulate bought a used copy of Pandora by Anne Rice, wasn’t impressed with the story, and converted the pages into a cute (if mundane) little box with a lid.
Then two things happened. Maybe three?
1. Anne Rice saw the blog post and shared it on her Facebook page.
2a. Anne Rice’s fans descended on Miss Articulate’s blog to tell her how offensively wrong she is to criticize the book and trash the writing skills of The Great and Powerful Rice.
2b. Said fans also took the time to tell the blogger what a terrible human being she is for chopping up a book. Desecration! Removed a book from the world! Nazis destroyed books, too!
It was really, really unprofessional and irresponsible of Anne Rice to share that blog entry on her Facebook page, but the damage is done now.
What I find really amusing is that such a can of worms opens up whenever someone uses a printed book as craft material.
You want to know who destroys more books than anyone else? BOOKSTORES. Whatever doesn’t sell gets torn up. Libraries also trash books when they wear out. Them’s the breaks for the paper and ink.
A book is not a sacred object, nor is it a precious commodity. The world is in no danger of running low on reading material. If you pay for a book, it becomes your property and you’re not hurting anyone if you use the pages for decoupage. Yes, I include my own works in that rule. (It’s a different case if you’ve requested a copy for review, but once the review is posted, go nuts with that review copy.) This here author can tell you: the spirit of the writer does not live in the pages. No metaphysical damage is done when someone chops up a used paperback. If you don’t like to see precious resources go to waste, save your anger for people who waste food.