Marie Kondo versus book hoarders is now a meme and it will spark joy in you
9 January 2019, 17:17
Netflix's Tidying up with Marie Kondo has sparked a huge debate...
Netflix is no stranger to creating iconic original content. Over the past few years alone, the infamous video streaming service has given us everything from sci-fi excellence (Stranger Things) and gripping teen dramas (Elite) to heartwarming rom-coms (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) and meme-ready thrillers (Bird Box). However, it's also blessed us with some incredible reality TV shows.
Last year Netflix broke boundaries with its moving reboot of Queer Eye (RIP toxic masculinity) and now the platform is back at it again with Tidying up with Marie Kondo. The series sees beloved organising consultant and best-selling author Marie Kondo help people declutter their homes and their lives. It's amazing but one aspect of it has sparked major online debate.
Is Marie Kondo telling people to give up their books?
One of Marie's key methods is to get people to remove anything from their homes that doesn't spark joy. Anytime she helps out a family, Marie gets them to go through their belongings and sort out what to keep and give away based on what brings them joy. It's surprisingly effective and viewers around the world have been praising Marie for helping them get rid of their junk.
However, one group of people has taken huge issue with it: book hoarders. Marie encourages people to use the joy method with items including clothing and, you guessed it, books. Obviously she just wants people to get rid of the books that they don't read or care about but for some reason book Twitter has interpreted it as Marie telling people to bin all books.
Do NOT listen to Marie Kondo or Konmari in relation to books. Fill your apartment & world with them. I don’t give a shite if you throw out your knickers and Tupperware but the woman is very misguided about BOOKS. Every human needs a v extensive library not clean, boring shelves— Anakana Schofield (@AnakanaSchofiel) January 3, 2019
Of course this isn't the point that Marie is trying to make and fans immediately began defending Marie and pointing out what she is actually encouraging people to do. Not only that but they turned the whole situation into a meme and it is all kinds of hilarious. With that in mind, we've gathered just a few of the best Marie Kondo book memes all in one place for you.
English major Twitter reacting to Marie's suggestions.
english major twitter when marie kondo suggests they should donate the books they haven’t touched in 20 years pic.twitter.com/Z239OZMTu8— alex (@existentialgem) January 5, 2019
We see no lies.
Marie trying to have a conversation with book hoarders.
Marie Kondo: h-— betty felon (@bettyfelon) January 4, 2019
People With Too Many Books: I CANT BELIEVE YOURE FORCING ME TO BURN ALL OF MY BOOKS
The melodrama jumped out.
You would think that Marie had committed a crime.
I cant believe Marie Kondo said to destroy all books and then broke into peoples’ houses individually and made them eat all their books and then when they tried to protest she said “don’t talk with your mouth full of books, bookmouth” and all the cool kids laughed at them.— Sam Sykes (@SamSykesSwears) January 5, 2019
i can’t believe marie kondo said “ALL BOOKS ARE USELESS TRASH” and told everyone to take a piss on all of their books and burn them to ashes— SungWon Cho (ProZD) (@prozdkp) January 5, 2019
Some people have been attacked personally.
Marie Kondo threw a hot coffee in my face and burned all the books in my home— Ira (@ira) January 5, 2019
Raise your hand if you've been personally victimised by Marie Kondo?
Others feel like they're missing something.
maybe I missed the part when Marie Kondo held people at gunpoint and made them shred their favorite books— Phil Stamper 🚀🏳️🌈 (@stampepk) January 4, 2019
Is Marie Kondo playing tricks on people?
MARIE KONDO: hold this book and see if it sparks joy— Ben Rosen (@ben_rosen) January 3, 2019
ME: wow, it does
MARIE KONDO (removing fake book jacket): that book was mein kampf
Then there are those who are being asked to get rid of more than books....
Marie Kondo: It's time to de-clutter your life. What are those?— Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) January 4, 2019
Me: Old books.
Marie Kondo: Get rid of them. What's that?
Me: My son.
Marie Kondo: Put it in the trash. And this mess?
Me: You're pointing at me.
Marie Kondo: Gotta go.
This went from zero to one hundred real quick.
...and pitching their own Marie Kondo-esque shows.
me pitching to netflix: it's like marie kondo except i visit booktubers' houses to unhaul their books and psychoanalyze how their book hoarding habits are an escapist coping mechanism to bury their existential depression— readwithcindy 💩 (@readwithcindy) January 6, 2019
One or two people are roasting those complaining.
owning books doesn't make you a better person too many ppl shitting on marie kondo's opinion substitute owning things for having a personality— wendy xu (@AngrygirLcomics) January 4, 2019
Ultimately fans just want people to know what Marie actually said.
WHAT MARIE KONDO SAYS: Think about getting rid of books you aren't going to read or reread.— Kevin Church 🖖🏻 (@Kevin_Church) January 5, 2019
WHAT TWITTER HEARS: Let's burn all books and slay the writers! Let the streets run red with their blood as our literary pyre's smoke blocks out the sun! FUCK BOOKS.
How did we get here?
And last but not least...
I don’t care about the Marie Kondo book debate, I just wanna know why she doesn’t ask the women if their husbands truly spark joy or if they should be thanked and removed.— Amy Gray (@_AmyGray_) January 6, 2019