if you’ve been on twitter, you’ve probably seen at least one book aesthetic. a lot of people started making them aside from the accounts dedicated for it ONLY. and if you’ve been following me on twitter, you’d know i’ve been literally OBSESSED with it.
seriously, they’re so amazing and satisfying to my eyes, and they made me want to reread my favorite books and series (i may or may not be rereading THE LUNAR CHRONICLES soon).
BUT if you don’t know what a book aesthetic is, don’t worry, i’m going to explain it. an aesthetic is a board of four pictures (on twitter, maybe more on other social media), representing aspects of a mood, a movie, a tv show, or a book (which is what we’re talking about today).
as i said before, book aesthetics are so so fun to make, and they’re such an original idea, plus it’s a way to relive your favorite novels. AND they’re not hard. AT ALL. the dangerous part of it is that it may or may not become an OBSESSION. as soon as you will be done with your first aesthetic, you’ll find yourself making a whole lot of other ones and you want be able to stop.
i decided to list here some tips to make some AMAZING aesthetics easily (but mostly for you to get obsessed and be drawn to the dark side). LET’S GO.
find pictures for your aesthetic
first things first, you have to find pictures for your board. i highly recommend using WE HEART IT, it’s a wonderful app where you can find amazing pictures. you can also search on google (which i had been doing at the beginning but switched to we heart it). all you have to do is search for the keywords (not the name of the book). if you’re using google, make sure to add “tumblr photography” after the keyword, that way the search results are better pictures. here are some keywords i used to help you:
- THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas: swords, castle, blonde.
- THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer: moon, asian (for Cinder), redhead (for Scarlet), blonde (for Cress).
- SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson: friendship, orchard, best friends.
- THE INFERNAL DEVICES by Cassandra Clare: books, london, violin.
add as many pictures as you find related one way or another to the story you’re making an aesthetic of. just download whatever you find, the matching will come later.
pick up the best pictures
now that you’ve downloaded a lot of pictures for your aesthetic, you have to choose the best ones. i know it’s a difficult thing. ALL THE PICTURES ARE BEAUTIFUL! WHERE DO I START? well, just start by finding the ones that are color or theme matched. and then put them together. BAM. MAGIC.
find the perfect quote
as you can see, with each aesthetic there’s a quote added in its caption. all that’s left to do now is find the perfect one. it’s not hard. now that you’ve chosen the perfect picture, go on the internet and search for “[BOOK] by [AUTHOR] quotes”, and the first result you’ll find is the quotes page on Goodreads. there will be hundreds of quotes in there i think, just look for the closest one to your pictures (or board).
and there you go!
you’ve just created the most amazing aesthetic in history so far, and you just discovered you’re a long lost wizard.
(all you need is a wand. and a letter to hogwarts.)
do you like aesthetics? do you make them?