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What is the Lure of Adult Coloring Books?
By: Megan Roush/Senior Team Editor
They have their own category on Amazon and now nine of the twenty books are among Amazon’s current bestsellers. “There’s “Harry Potter”-, “Game of Thrones”- and “Sherlock”-themed books, as well as nature, dog, elephant, tattoo, even steampunk ones. Come February, you’ll even be able to purchase a “Dr. Who” coloring book.” (nypost.com). Over two thousand copies have been for sale since 2013 and the two most popular books, “Secret Garden” and “Enchanted Forest”, have sold over 13 million copies in fifty countries. Yes, we are talking about adult coloring books and for a strange or not so strange reason they are growing in popularity.
Reviews on the coloring books have said that these books are amazing because the detailed pictures that you fill in. They take your mind off the day and are a stress reliever. Not only that, they are accessible and not expensive. Apparently they are good for socializing too. Adults meet and just all work on a picture together. The Oconomowoc craft store began selling adult coloring books and store manager, Marry Barnhart said,“the main demographic for the books have been people in their 40s, 50s and 60s. The primary buyers have been retirees." She continued to say “...in our gadget-centered culture, they offer some calm and quietness." (lakecountry.com). It’s pretty weird how both children and adults can enjoy coloring books, but hey, maketwatch.com says that even Oprah features an adult coloring book on O Magazine’s website, so why not?
Maybe you struggle to pick up a book and read, but perhaps coloring can be a new hobby for you so you don’t spend too much time caught in the media. There are many different options and they are found in many local stores including Barnes and Noble and Michaels. People my say, why not just buy kids coloring books or why call them adult coloring books? That’s a good point. They are all indeed coloring books and both children and adults can color what they want, but adult coloring books are a bit more detailed and complicated. Plus, they are a bit more mature. One of the popular adult books is the Game of Thrones one. Not only would kids not be very interested in it, but that may not be appropriate for them. The design of these books are specifically made for older people.
It’s a bit bizarre, the trends this society goes through, but mostly everyone can enjoy coloring at least once in awhile.
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