I love bookstagram (bookstagram being bookish things on Instagram). I love posting book photos and I love talking to people about books. But there is one thing about it that annoys me. And that is the bookstagram aesthetic. You’ll probably know what I’m talking about. All those lovely flat lays featuring a book along with a fluffy blanket, maybe a cup of tea or a fancy bookmark (usually featuring some funny quote about reading). A candle or fairy lights and various other bits of ephemera that is somehow related to the book.
Now I should point out I love these photos, the thing that annoys me is I want to achieve that effect and can’t. I don’t have lots of fluffy blankets and candles and interesting things. I have a white sheet and some funkos. I don’t even really have bookmarks (unless you would count a train ticket as a bookmark). Now the thing that annoys me about this aesthetic is that I can’t achieve it with what I have so part of me wants to buy stuff so I can.
And that is totally ridiculous. I’m annoyed at myself more than anything because I want to spend money on things I wouldn’t normally buy so I can get internet karma. Those little hearts and comments aren’t worth the money I would spend on those accessories. But I want my photos to look as good as possible and part of me thinks that spending money on stuff would make them look better. Which is silly. Really silly.
Edit: After writing this post I spent £2 on a packet of die-cut snowflakes just to use in Instagram photos. I’ll show myself out.