Hollywood's New De-Stressing Trend: Coloring Books for Adults

Illustration by: Todd Detwiler

"I don't want to name names, but it's across the board," says 'Fight Club' author Chuck Palahniuk, whose own book, 'Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color,' will be out Oct. 26.

When Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk saw a friend coloring, he says he "teased her about doing such a child’s pasttime. She had to explain that the whole world is doing this." Now he's curating his own adult coloring book, Bait: Off-Color Stories for You to Color (Dark Horse Books, Oct. 26). Palahniuk says he's surprised by the number of colleagues who indulge: "I don’t want to name names, but it’s across the board."

According to Nielsen BookScan, more than 12 million adult coloring books were sold in 2015, up from 1 million in 2014. Larry Shaw, a psychotherapist whose patients include entertainment types, says coloring allows a person to shut everything else out: "It pulls you out of the linear part of the brain and into the creative sphere." In the spirit of wellness, THR commissioned an original coloring-book page to try at home.

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This story first appeared in the July 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.