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No wonder Jokey Smurf called it "The Never Starting Story".
"The pages are blank! The pages are blan—"

This is when a character picks up a book and sees it is essentially empty. It's just a cover (possibly even without a title) pasted onto a blank book, or one filled with nonsense words like Lorem Ipsum over and over, or that just simply stops partway through. Why is this book blank? There's a few less than good reasons for it.

It may be that the character is trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine of some kind and the book being empty or filled with nonsense is a sign that something isn't right, since a Master of Illusion would have to manually "write" each and every book themself.

It's also possible that the character is in some kind of stage filled with prop books, or the book is a deliberate fake intended to deceive.

Someone (or thing) may have "stolen" the contents of the book and left it completely wordless in the process. In fact, some words may literally fly off the page or drip off as wet ink. Alternatively, the contents might technically exist but rendered invisible outside of the specific conditions required to read it.

Lastly, the book being blank could be an Aesop for knowledge or lack of it. Perhaps the famed book of wisdom is blank because the person finding the book is supposed to write out the important knowledge themself because having gone through the quest to find the book, they now have the wisdom to write the book of wisdom themself. A case of All That Glitters. Or if the book was a blank holy text, it shows that character is denied the knowledge that will save their soul because they are now beyond redemption.

This trope is for in-universe cases only. If a character quickly flips through the book to find the only page that matters, but closely examining the sequence shows that other pages are blank or gibberish, that's simply the creators cutting costs on unimportant details; if those pages actually contain unique material, that's Freeze-Frame Bonus.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, the book was blank for the first person to pick it up. Once handed to another person, it was filled with the first person's memories for the second to explore.
  • In ×××HOLiC, there was a demon that ate words from books. It was eventually tricked into eating the words on a Protective Charm, making it Sealed Evil in a Can.
  • In the seventh arc of Umineko: When They Cry, Will attends Beatrice's funeral. In her coffin, there is no body, just a book. When Will opens the book, the pages turn to petals. It's later shown that the book contains Battler's final iteration of what happened during the Rokkenjima murders - an iteration that is only to be shared between himself and Beatrice.
  • One of the Dolems traps Kamina in a Lotus-Eater Machine in an episode of RahXephon. While there's plenty of strange things going on, one of the first that he really notices is that every book is blank.
  • In the anime adaptation of Future Diary, Minene checked her future-telling cellphone diary after Yomotsu hypnotized her into seeing a piece of wood as her cellphone. At first the diary showed the same thing as last time, and when she tried to read it, the entry went blank.
  • The Book Of Darkness in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's starts out with all 666 pages blank, and they fill as the book is used to steal magical power.

    Comic Books 
  • A Calvin and Hobbes strip invokes this trope. Calvin uses this as an excuse for not doing his homework: "I tried, but the book publisher didn't use the proper print fixative. Needless to say, when I picked up the book all the letters slid off the page and fell on the floor in a heap of gibberish!"
  • In Batman (Grant Morrison), the Joker's Joke Book is supposedly written in an ink that only the insane can read. It's intentionally unclear whether this is literally true, or simply a way of saying a crazy person will imagine there's writing in it. Either way, to most people, it's a Blank Book.
  • The Wisdom Of Lobo, an actual book included in a three-book Lobo slipcased set back in the 90s. It was blank.
  • The Book That Tells Everything in The Smurfs comic book story "The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything" is initially blank except for the page numbers. However, when the reader of the book asks it a question, the book will cause the answer to the question to appear only on that selected page.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "The Once And Smurfy King", Brainy's daughter Sophia is busy writing the titular story and her friends try to steal it at night to see what she wrote in it so far, only for Sophia to trick them into stealing an identical-looking book with nothing but blank pages in it to keep them from stealing the actual original manuscript.
  • Ordinary Girl: While most people see the contents of a regular novel in Unless You, Dylan sees it as this.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Cast a Deadly Spell. A man steals the Necronomicon and sells it to mobster Harry Borden. After Borden pays for the book and the man leaves, Borden opens the book and discovers its pages are blank - it's a fraud.
  • In 1408, the protagonist is a skeptical atheist out to debunk supernatural hotspots. He comes to the titular hotel room, which has a reputation for a lot of suicides or unusual deaths happening there. The haunting starts, and as it keeps getting worse, he finds himself trapped in the hotel room. In a moment of desperation, he picks up the hotel room's Gideon bible only to find that all the pages are blank.
  • In Dark City, John Murdoch discovers that a picture book he drew in as a child is now completely blank. For extra Paranoia Fuel, when he tries to show it to a cop later, it's filled out.
  • Happens at the beginning of Inception when Cobb steals the documents from the vault inside Saitos dream. When Saito catches on that someone is trying to steal his secret memories, he checks the documents in the vault to find literal Blank Pages placed there by Cobb. But now that Saito is aware that someone's going through his memories, the pages in the document stolen by Cobb have most of the content blackened out, as Saito tries to block him out of his subconsciousness.
  • Pleasantville: The library's books are mostly blank until the male lead exposes the locals to the concept of reading for pleasure, at which point new words appear.
  • Pan's Labyrinth: The Faun gives Ofelia a blank book and instructs her to open it when she is alone, whereupon the instructions for the tasks she must complete will appear to her. The book also lets her know about her mother's impending death in childbirth by displaying a blood splotch that takes the shape of a womb before spreading to fill the entire page.
  • In Warriors of Virtue, the child protagonist is asked by the Big Bad to read from the magical Manuscript and tell him what it says. The Manuscript suddenly shows blank pages, to which the protagonist says "Shit happens."
  • In The Book of Eli, the book in question is written in Braille but makes for an equally surprising revelation.
  • Goosebumps (2015): Whenever a monster escapes from one of R.L. Stine's manuscripts, the book becomes blank. Justified as the monsters are composed of the ink itself.
  • Circle of Iron uses the Zen Buddhist variant: The seeker finally reaches the fabled book of wisdom after fighting through profound personal trials; only to find that on each page is not the answers he expected, but merely a mirror. The lesson being that "true wisdom comes only from within".
  • In Fahrenheit 451 (The Film of the Book, at least), some of the prop books used for fireman training are wooden blocks, but others that require flexibility are shown to be purposefully blank and therefore legal.
  • The Babadook: When Amelia first reads "Mister Babadook", she finds that the last half of the book is just blank pages. When the book returns after she has destroyed it, those pages are now filled with new text and illustrations promising a very nasty fate for her and her son.

  • A variant in Against a Dark Background features a book which isn't merely blank, but impossible to write upon; the pages are glossy plastic, rejecting ink and even reflecting attempts to mark them with a laser. It's said to be God's Book, because God Is Evil. It's actually a decoy to both gain the trust of a rather stupid monarch and get the surveillance devices it contains into the castle library. It fails.
  • In Conrad's Time Machine, the inventor had huge shelves of "effectively 100%" original first edition books. Effectively 100% in such a way that all books he or anyone else had and will read, glance through or touch are real first edition books. What is actually there are around 0.1% real first edition books and the rest are just titled blank books.
  • One of the poets in The industry of poetry chapter of Gog gives the eponymous protagonist a book containing only titles on otherwise blank pages. He said that the interaction between text and reader produces the true meaning of a work of literature, and that his titles are the logical conclusion of that. Gog is livid. This is probably intended as a critique of modern literary criticism.
  • In The Great Gatsby, Owl-Eyes expects that Gatsby's library is filled with blank books and just for show. He's partly right. The books are all real, but the pages are uncut, meaning Gatsby paid full price for real books to fill a purely decorative library. Owl-Eyes notices this and calls Gatsby "a regular Belasco," complimenting him on the thoroughness of the illusion.
  • In Beautiful Creatures the book that Ethan's father was working on. It turned out to be a large pile of squiggles.
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova features several books that are blank except for a picture of a dragon in the middle.
  • In Tanya Huff's Summon the Keeper, the protagonist tries to restore an illegibly-stained journal, but the onion-based magic cleaning solution the book had been soaked in was tainted with spider parts, which caused the words to literally drip off the book, much to her frustration.
  • In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Tom Riddle's diary is effectively blank until someone writes into it, at which point the book writes a response. After Harry destroys it with the Basilisk venom, it goes blank for good, though not before bleeding ink.
  • Sphere: None of the materialized copies of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea have any print past page 87, since that's where the reader was too scared to read past while he was a child.
  • Played with in the final trilogy of the Sword of Truth series. Richard finds a book that is supposedly a user manual for his unique and powerful form of magic, which has always worked entirely on instinct, as he has nobody around to teach him how to properly use it. Unfortunately, when he tries to read the book, it's blank, which at first he takes as being because he's lost his magic, as the series has previously established that magic books are charmed so that if you don't have magic, they appear blank. At the same time, the Chainfire spell has also been shown erasing other books, so the reader might attribute the blank pages to that instead. Eventually, however, it's revealed that the book was meant to be blank, and represents the final, unspoken Wizard's Rule.
  • In the Animorphs Prequel The Andalite Chronicles, the Time Matrix creates a miniature universe based on the memories of Elfangor, Loren and the future Visser Three. Elfangor leafs through a book in Loren's faux bedroom and notes that it ends halfway through; he reasons Loren didn't finish the book's real-world counterpart, giving her mind nothing to fill in for the rest.
  • In The Stormlight Archive, one of the devotaries (religious orders) uses a blank book called The Book of Endless Pages as a metaphor. The book cannot be filled because there is always more to learn.
  • One of these appears in The Chronicles of Prydain; it's discovered text appears when the pages are viewed with a particular kind of magical light.
  • The Father Brown story "The Blast of the Book". The mystery concerns a cursed book that makes anyone who reads it disappear. After Father Brown presents the solution, he is asked:
    "Did you never feel just a momentary awe of the awful volume?"
    "Oh, that," said Father Brown. "I opened it as soon as I saw it lying there. It's all blank pages. You see, I am not superstitious."
  • Galaxy of Fear once has the protagonists find a cursed Jedi library. Anyone but a Jedi who removes a book, dies - not just rumored, it's witnessed, too. The pages of removed books then crumble to dust. Actually, the library was burned down ages ago. The books are fakes put in by the Big Bad, and are made to sap Life Energy and store it for research. So, no knowledge to be gained from reading them, even if a droid does all the handling.
  • In Myst: The Book of Atrus, Gehn brings his son Atrus to the Common Library in the J'taeri district of D'ni. Atrus thinks they're looking for more Ages to explore, but when Gehn sends the boy off to look for said books in the library, he finds them to be all blank. Gehn reveals at the end that the idea was to collect blank books so they could write more Ages into them. He was even collecting ink pots and pens during the search.
  • Effigy Nights, a short story by Yoon Ha Lee. A Galactic Conqueror subdues a Planet of Hats famous for its literature. The wardens of the planet free legendary heroes from their books to fight the invaders, only the magic gets out of control, destroying their culture as the content of books are turned into soldiers. The protagonist has an Oh, Crap! moment when he goes to a bookstore, then the sealed planetary archives, and finds all the books are blank. Even memories of the stories are gone; the bookstore owner has never heard of the famous story the protagonist asks for, claiming he's always sold empty books as journals, which people enjoy for the beautiful covers.
  • Idries Shah published The Book of the Book, which begins by talking about a mysterious book of wisdom—something about realizing the difference between the container and the content—and after the brief introductory narration, there is no more print on any of the pages. Bit of a Mind Screw for the purpose of teaching a lesson.
  • In The Nekropolis Archives, every book in the Great Library of the Nekropolis contains nothing but blank pages. The library is actually a physical manifestation of the memory of the ancient vampire Waldemar; when Waldemar "reads" from a book, he is actually recalling the information from the depths of his mind.
  • Gateway mentions a joke item:
    There used to be a jokey kind of book they sold at the fairs when I was a kid. It was called Everything We Know About the Heechee. It had a hundred and twenty-eight pages, and they were all blank.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has Jaime Lannister, the new commander of the King's Guard, finding a book in which the deeds of all commanders are written. His part is mostly blank. He will have to fill in his deeds, and up to that point those are mostly deeds he regrets, and therefore he chooses to be a better person so he could be proud of what he will write down for posterity.
  • When the Pilgrims in Journey to the West finish their journey to India to collect the Buddhist scrolls, they discover that the sacred text they were meant to find were, in-fact, blank. While horrified and angry at first, the Buddha himself explains that this is metaphorical of the state of existence and its lack of inherent meaning, the scrolls acting as a Bait-and-Switch MacGuffin meant to teach them a lesson that their journey culminates into.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow. In a flashback to Lian Yu, Oliver Queen finds the book containing the List on the body of his father. However all the pages are blank, and the List only appears—having been written in invisible ink—when Oliver tries to burn the pages as kindling.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • In "I Robot, You Jane", the book used to seal Moloch was blank until the sealing ritual was performed, at which point it would fill up with words. When Willow scanned it into the library computer, it became blank again, as Moloch was released into the internet.
    • When Willow's Superpowered Evil Side emerges in "Villains", she absorbs the text from all the books in the Magic Box on dark magic. Her friends later try to find out about the magic she's using, but the books are now blank.
  • In Dark Oracle the eponymous comic book would inevitably arrive with most of the pages blank. As the episode progressed, pages would fill in, eventually revealing whichever horrific future Cally and Lance had to avert.
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Bashir realizes he's still in Sloan's mind when his copy of A Tale of Two Cities has "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," at the point where he left off. Because he hadn't finished the book, Sloan's mind filled in the unread parts with repetitions of what he had read so far.
    • The Tome of the Pah'Wraiths is a forbidden and blasphemous text in the Bajoran faith. But when it is opened, the pages are all blank, confounding those who would seek the evil knowledge within. Only after a virtuous man is murdered while trying to keep the book from evil hands and his blood drips onto the pages does the actual text appear. Even, then only the Chosen One of the Pah'Wraith can actually read it; anyone else who tries risks being supernaturally blinded.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In the episode "The Big Bang", Amy Pond is given River Song's diary as a wedding present. However, the book is blank because the Doctor has been erased from time. Once Amy remembers the Doctor and brings him back, the diary's contents return.
    • Variation in the classic story "The Android Invasion": the Doctor twigs that the pub he's in is actually an alien mockup after discovering all the pages on the daily calendar are identical.
  • In Ghostwriter (2019), Ghostwriter has the ability to release fictional characters from books into reality. The pages of the books they are released from turn blank, and the characters disappear from the cover as well. Once the protagonists solve the characters' problem, they return to the book and the words and cover images are restored to normal.
  • The Librarians 2014: Whenever there's a book with blank pages, it's a good assumption that a fictional is nearby.
  • Whenever the Book of Shadows goes blank in Charmed, there's something very wrong happening. Usually it means that the sisters have lost their powers, as they and the book are linked.
  • The Magicians (2016): Season 3 is all about a scavenger hunt for seven keys, each with supernatural powers and rumored to unlock the secret to restoring magic (or just a gateway for a lovecraftian horror to crash the party), and the map is a mostly-blank book with only one chapter, about a woman who wanted to become a knight (and for obvious reasons has been forbidden to). The book fills its pages as more keys come into close proximity with it.
  • For one punishment on Impractical Jokers, Sal has to read an excerpt from a book that he "wrote" called "Keeping the Faith: My Battle with Chronic Flatulence" at a book reading. When he opens the book, he discovers that it's completely blank, so he has to make up an... appropriate(?) anecdote on the spot. Hilarity Ensues.
  • SAS: Rogue Heroes. Captain Stirling hands out an operations order to the assembled members of the newly formed Special Air Service, detailing the objectives set by GHQ, their chain of command and uniform requirements, and the equipment assigned to them. All the pages are blank, making it clear that they're expected to come up with all these things themselves.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Truth Martini has two main methods when it comes to gaining new followers. His "House Of Truth" wrestling school, which graduating from comes with a moderate chance of wrestling for Ring of Honor, and forcing them to see his wisdom by smacking them with his "Book Of Truth", which is full of blank pages.


    Tabletop Games 
  • In Magic: The Gathering, the cards Tome Scour and Curse of the Bloody Tome show works in books being removed. Both spells move cards from the opponent's library into their graveyard.

    Video Games 
  • Alone in the Dark (1992) has a fake book used to open a Bookcase Passage in the library.
  • One of these appears as an equippable weapon for Charlotte in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. While it is a pathetic weapon, it is necessary for a sidequest, in which the Tortured Monster Gergoth must be slain with it.
  • In Dark Sun: Shattered Lands Keldar, assistant of an evil mage, carries a blank book, where he finds justification for his murders. Yes, he's insane.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, Dalish elf Velanna will mention the damage centuries of slavery and persecution has done to elven folklore. One of her gift items is a blank book, which you can give with the suggestion she make her own stories for future elves. ("It's got a tree on the front, you like trees, right?")
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
    • In the city of Windhelm there's a book titled The Book of Fate in Calixto's House of Curiosities. It was apparently discovered in the Arcane University in Cyrodiil and purports to contain the reader's fate. When the Dovahkiin reads it, the pages are blank. Make of that what you will. There are two plausible explanations: the book is a fake entirely plausible since Calixto is a crazy Serial Killer, or it's because certain people who play a pivotal role in the setting (implied to be every player character in the series) don't exactly have a predetermined fate like most mortals.
    • In one bandit cave near Whiterun, the blind watchman Ulfr the Blind can be found "reading" a book creatively titled "Ulfr's Book." Seeing as he's completely blind, it probably doesn't make that much of a difference to him that the book is completely blank.
  • The Book Chute in Fallout: New Vegas: Old World Blues turns books you put into it to blank books. The Chute itself claims that knowledge being dangerous and hence it being the chute's responsibility to remove knowledge from books for your safety, citizen. The Courier can turn it around and give the Chute books already too ruined to be read and then using the resultant blank books as one element in making educational books (that is, skill books).
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, blank books are used as a gag in the Flavor Text of two housing decorations in the form of a collection of books, implying that all they're good for is making the owner look well read.
  • Two Fire Emblem games, Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, feature empty books as Spell Books that have been completely used up and thus no longer usable until being repaired. Since tomes have limited uses in most games of the series, it's implied that spells literally drain incantations from pages of magic books with every use. It's just that these two games are the only ones that let you keep and repair broken weapons, whereas they disappear completely elsewhere.note 
  • Frederik Pohl's Gateway has a blank book "Everything We Know About the Heechee", much like in the original novel. Unlike the novel, in the game such books actually serve as logs of prospectors studying Heechee artefacts.
  • In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, when everyone loses their memories, Jiminy Cricket tries consulting his journal, but the pages are all blank. In Kingdom Hearts II, everyone loses their memories of the events of Chain of Memories, and Jiminy's journal is erased again, except for the sentence "Thank Namine."
  • In NetHack, there are blank spellbooks; using a magic marker, you can turn these into spellbooks of any spell you already know (or spells that you don't know, but there's a random failure chance for those).
  • In Penny Arcade Adventures, the Necrowombicon appears to be blank to anyone not meant to read the book. To anyone planning on spreading horrific evil that will advance the goals of the four evil gods, it is full of handy step-by-step instructions.
  • Radiant Historia: The White Chronicle, which the protagonist receives in the prologue, first appears to have blank pages. It's later revealed that the book is magical in nature, which is why it first appeared blank. However, it is never made clear whether the book has any actual text in it, as there is no further mention of its contents. One can only suspect that the book-like interface of the game is what the White Chronicle is supposed to look like on the inside.
  • Rakenzarn Tales: The titular book has a few pages filled with a mystery language and the magic word that transports the user into Rakenzarn, but the rest are blank. As the story progresses, the pages are filled with a recounting of the protagonist's journey, represented as the in-game journal feature.
  • Resident Evil has a red book where the pages are all blank. It's meant to be used as an obtuse way of opening a secret passage by placing the book on a shelf with other similar books and rearranging them to form a picture of a nude woman on the book bindings.
  • Librom in Soul Sacrifice contains the story of a mage, as well as information on the world and its creatures. But if you turn to the end of the book, there's only a set of frenzied ramblings and then blank pages. Librom only writes himself as you relive the memories within the pages.


    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation:
    • SCP-1230 is a sentient book that gives you a long and vivid Heroic Fantasy dream if you go to sleep after reading it. When the book is opened, the first page you see will always read "A hero is born", while all other pages will be blank.
    • SCP-2123 ("I Accidentally The Whole Universe") is a particle accelerator in Texas that creates large amounts of ionizing radiation and cannot be turned off. After 3 OSHA inspectors who were visiting the facility died from radiation exposure in December 2003, the Foundation discovered that all the facility's physical and digital records were blank.

    Western Animation 
  • In Batman: The Animated Series, when Bruce Wayne was trapped by the Mad Hatter in a Lotus-Eater Machine, one of his first clues something was wrong with the perfect world was that all the books were unreadable.
  • DuckTales (2017): In "Quack Pack!", one of the things that causes Huey to suspect they're trapped in a sitcom reality is that his beloved Junior Woodchuck Guidebook is just a prop book with blank pages.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: For some reason in "Nagged to Ed", the Kanker sisters have a shelf of blank books in their trailer. Edd seems to have a minor freakout when he discovers this.
    Edd: This book has no print. These pages are blank!
  • Sponge Bob Squarepants: In the episode "Frankendoodle," Spongebob has a bookshelf full of these, and he later uses one to trap Doodlebob in the second dimension. Though given his interest in the arts, it's possible that they're just empty sketchbooks, or school notebooks.
  • Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures: Villain Ezekiel Rage constantly quotes from the black-paged "Book of Rage". When Jessie finds it, she discovers it's completely blank except for a picture of Rage's dead family.
  • The Justice League cartoon episode "Legends" where Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter, and Flash got transported to an alternate universe where the Silver Age heroes John Stewart read about as a boy are real. Midway through, John gets suspicious that the world isn't all it seems, and goes to a library, where he finds all the books are blank.
  • ThunderCats (2011): Sought-after Great Big Book of Everything and Tome of Prophecy and Fate the Book of Omens, at least, in its appearance as a book. It's actually a Magitek computer.
  • Sassette in The Smurfs (1981) episode "Bookworm Smurf" encounters a book that's initially blank in Papa Smurf's laboratory, but then it has the words "if these words are read by you, whatever you say next will come true" suddenly appear on the pages. Sassette then uses the book to make a wish that she never wants to see another book again, and then suddenly all the books in the world vanish.
  • In the My Little Pony 'n Friends episode "Through the Door", a magical door leads to a land of storybook characters. When the characters exit their world and enter Ponyland, the books containing their stories become blank and restore themselves when they return.
  • Spoofed in the Australian cartoon series Arthur! and the Square Knights of the Round Table, when Merlin produces an apparently blank Tome of Eldritch Lore, then blows the dust off the pages to reveal writing underneath.
  • The Hollow: In the beginning of Season 2, the gang experiences some weirdness around town. Trying to pick out more differences, Adam looks through his copy of Moby Dick only to find that it's blank past the first couple pages because he never finished the book. It turns out they're still in a computer simulation, constructed from their memories.

    Real Life 
  • In the line of "prop books", a social climber's library may be filled with shelves of these, there to look impressive rather than be read. Or they may be real books that have never been read at all. This sort of thing has been mocked in more than a few, um, books.
  • Fake books may also be used on movie sets. For example, the books in Dumbledore's office from the Harry Potter films are actually phone books with the covers changed.
  • It is sometimes the case that dreamers can not read in their dreams. Many people dream about reading books, newspapers or web sites that contain Super Octo Pudding Gas Mark Seven-like text.
  • Once a publisher couldn't make a textbook before the deadline and chose to send the textbook committee in California a book consisting only of a cover and blank pages. Six out of the ten members gave it ratings, and favourable ones. This happened during the time when Richard Feynman worked there, and he was really interested, so Hilarity Ensues. At least, someone learned from it — the public about how well such a system works.
  • When prototyping the graphic layout of a book/poster/website/etc., it's common to use deliberately unrelated placeholder text (such as "Lorem ipsum," a fairly standard passage of broken Latin) so that the actual content of the text won't act as a distraction.
  • Books written in Braille seem to be completely in first sight, at least. And in a way, the situation is inverted if you're blind.
  • There have been a few cases where a manual has had all its pages deliberately left blank.
  • There is an actual book that sold over a million copies, written by Cindy Cashman under the alias "Dr Alan Francis", called "Everything Men Know About Women" - and yep, it's just a bunch of empty pages. One of these is produced every few years, generally titled, "The Wit and Wisdom of {Insert Politician}". Some were also made as audio discs, which are of course completely silent. For equality's sake, a book titled "Everything Women Know About Men" also exists and it is also completely blank.
  • Carl Sagan described a dream in which he was reading a history book that clearly covered time periods well beyond the present day. When he looked at the section describing the history he knew, it was clear; when he tried to read about the future, it was gibberish.
  • There's a common magic trick in the form of a coloring book that, depending on how you hold and flip through it, shows pages that are either blank, black-and-white outlines, or fully-colored pictures.


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