Yes, you read that right.
Collecting Tolkien books is just pathetic (and possibly fetishistic too).
That is, at least, the thought of one individual – an internet troll for that matter, who kindly posted a comment on this particular post I had written a while back: My Tolkien Collection: Deluxe Editions.
The comment has been removed due to the use of a vulgar nickname; however, this is what was said:
Hahaha! I could have been a fake book without pages, just to be a show-off and impress guests. Man, that’s pathetic – books are made for reading, not fetishism. Gotta torrent me some pdfs and cause more butthurt in greedy publishers, lol.
Normally I wouldn’t reply back to internet trolls, but this deserved special attention for its post-worthy discussion.
First off, I didn’t quite get the “I could have been a fake book without pages” part of the argument. Grammar rules aside, I’m guessing the whole point of the comment was that my post gave the impression that I’m some sort of egoistic, attention seeker who buys books for others to see (I’m actually the complete opposite, believe me).
Clearly, this person has no idea what “Collection” means.
I’ve said this more than once. I prefer to use paperbacks for all the heavy-duty stuff of reading and researching, rather than using hardbound, elegant copies. If I acquire a Delxue Edition of The Hobbit, I’ll admire its external shell. The contents are the contents. But it’s part of being a collector, I guess.
It is a feeling of owning a piece of literature, and an edition/cover that makes justice to the classic story itself.
If I get my hands on such a book, it goes straight on my shelf and stays there. Viewing the collection I wrote about is purely for my own appreciation and no one else’s. The point of those posts was to share my collection with other collectors and discusses with each other our admiration for such books.
And the argument goes on: “books are made for reading, not fetishism“. If I described the process of grabbing a Deluxe edition and appreciated the:
“smell of newly printed pages that welcome you to the literary world or the texture and feel of the covers of the book containing within them a hidden gem“
… doesn’t mean anything beyond simple admiration and fascination at the craft employed to produce the book itself.
But to each his own, of course.
And I’m not even going to delve into the “torrent” and “pdfs” part of the comment – which further adds to this individual’s lack of appreciation towards books. Not least, admitting to illegal activity.
So what should we get from this post?
Absolutely nothing. That’s what nasty trolls do to you.
I wonder if they turn into stone at sunrise …