Backwards books lifestyle blogger is threatened online

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Barrage of abuse: Lauren Coleman


  • Lauren Coleman was attacked online after posting how she stores her books
  • The 35-year-old stored some books with their spines facing inwards
  • Fury ensued, with people threatening to come to her home and beat her up  

Amanda Cashmore For Mailonline

Barrage of abuse: Lauren Coleman's picture of her bookcase infuriated people

Barrage of abuse: Lauren Coleman's picture of her bookcase infuriated people

Barrage of abuse: Lauren Coleman’s picture of her bookcase infuriated people

A lifestyle blogger was branded ‘a dumb s**t’ for daring to share a method of storing books backwards.

Lauren Coleman’s picture of books placed with their spines facing inwards went online and she received a barrage of abuse.

The 35-year-old told The Times: ‘People started being extremely abusive. Someone called me a dumb s**t and then people started threatening to come round to my house to kick my head in. 

Miss Coleman, from Northamptonshire, runs a lifestyle blog.

She said that after a while she made the decision to simply stop reading the comments. 

Backwards books: The trend which has caused so much anger is backwards books, where people place their books with their spines facing inwards

Backwards books: The trend which has caused so much anger is backwards books, where people place their books with their spines facing inwards

Backwards books: The trend which has caused so much anger is backwards books, where people place their books with their spines facing inwards

After Lauren Coleman's picture went online, she had threats from angered people and was called 'a dumb s**t'

After Lauren Coleman's picture went online, she had threats from angered people and was called 'a dumb s**t'

After Lauren Coleman’s picture went online, she had threats from angered people and was called ‘a dumb s**t’

Despite the fury Miss Coleman was at the receiving end of, she was not the first to try the interior design trick – she decided to do it after spotting it on Pinterest.

She explains that she chose to do it with that bookcase because the books were mainly chick literature, so their covers were ‘garish’.

It is unclear exactly where the idea originated, but it really began to gain momentum on social media late in 2017.

On Pinterest, there are dozens of home decor inspiration pins featuring the look, showing full bookshelves filled with books facing the wrong direction.

The lifestyle blogger from Northamptonshire says that she understands people love books but 'it is going a bit far to threaten to beat me up about it'

The lifestyle blogger from Northamptonshire says that she understands people love books but 'it is going a bit far to threaten to beat me up about it'

The lifestyle blogger from Northamptonshire says that she understands people love books but ‘it is going a bit far to threaten to beat me up about it’

Some who have tried it turn every single book around to create an all-white or all-beige aesthetic, while others alternate between forward-facing and backward-facing books. 

Miss Coleman said that while she understands that literature is very important to people, the abuse she received was undue. ‘Some people may think it is pretentious but to make assumptions about my character based on one bookcase is unfair.

‘I know books are very emotive and do carry a huge amount of meaning for people but it is going a bit far to threaten to beat me up about it.’

Miss Coleman has criticised Facebook for how they handled her abuse, and thinks more should be done to deal with those making threats on the site

Miss Coleman has criticised Facebook for how they handled her abuse, and thinks more should be done to deal with those making threats on the site

Miss Coleman has criticised Facebook for how they handled her abuse, and thinks more should be done to deal with those making threats on the site

She slammed Facebook for their response to the abuse she received and reported to them.

She said she was told her complaints about the abuse on the social networking site were not of the required criteria, and they advised her to block the people making th comments.

Miss Coleman said the site should be doing more about users who are making threats.



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