Literary Origami Heart and Best Titles for Book Folding

If you think you’d like to try book folding, but don’t want to damage a good book, then you might want to choose one from the online lists of ‘The Worst Books Ever Written’. The following books seem to be particularly unpopular:
– The ‘Twilight’ series by Stephanie Meyer;
– The ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ series by E.L. James;
‘The Eye of Argon’ by Jim Theis;
– anything written by or about Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Pamela Anderson, Sylvester Stallone, etc.
Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susan
You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson
– any book with the word ‘Inconvenient’ in the title;
– books with however many Steps to Living a Better Life.

Asking a decent editor to save this book would have been like asking a doctor to help a corpse that had fallen from the top of the Empire State Building.
— The New Statesmen –

I ‘summarized’ this out of date self-help book about boundaries in marriage by folding a heart within a heart. I made a two layer paper quill heart to fill the inner heart.

Can you suggest any other books that would be suitable for craft projects?

9 thoughts on “Literary Origami Heart and Best Titles for Book Folding

  1. I find all the things you do amazing to say the least! By the way, I tried to read 50 Shades. I got about a quarter or a third —can’t remember — of the way through it and found it so cringe-worthy that I stopped reading, and I hadn’t even gotten to the parts that supposedly sold the book. The characterization was so ridiculous that I actually felt embarrassed at different points. I’m not easily embarrassed, and I’ve never felt that way before reading a book, but that was a big factor in why I stopped reading it.


    1. You are in good company in your response to that book. In 2012, Scott Feschuk of Canada’s MACLEAN’S magazine was less than impressed with the book too… so he wrote a single chapter of a book he called ‘Fifty Shades of Eh’. Here is an excerpt:

      I gaze upon him with my intrepid eyes. My mouth, which is also intrepid, curls into a sly smile. “Did you remember the clamps?” I ask.
      “Canadian Tire was closed. But I found a bunch of clothespins in the garage.”
      I swoon. My breathing quickens. My heart beats a frantic tattoo as I surrender myself to the anticipation of languid erotic pleasures and several hours of splinter removal.

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  2. My wife dragged me to one of the Fifty Shades movies and all I kept thinking was, “Who would READ this garbage?” Wouldn’t have expected “Valley of the Dolls” on the list (not that I’ve read it) but maybe I was too young when it was first published to know a good book from an awful one.


    1. I don’t remember reading Valley of the Dolls either. One review I saw said “One hundred pages was all I could stand of endless cheesy dialogue between a bunch of sleazy people with no personalities.” Though it was a best seller, it generally got poor reviews.


  3. Aww, I’d lay off Theis. Sure, Eye of Argon sucked, but he was 16 and it was just published in a fanzine. It’s good for lols and is pretty much loved for how bad it is (much like My Immortal), whereas Meyer and James actually want people to pay for their toxic abuse-glorifying drivel and think it’s actually good! And James comes across as a very nasty person.

    I read a James Patterson once. It was awful.

    You could add the After series, which is a real-person fanfiction of 50 Shades, which is a fanfiction of Twilight. Demon-spawn plagiarists all the way down!

    Are you familiar with Jenny Trout’s snarks? She’s great at digging up this kind of drivel.


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