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You’re Not Fooling Anyone: Book Bromances That Should Totally Just be Romances

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Ever read a book and wonder why the main characters who are best of friends aren’t just dating each other? Sometimes, if they’re lucky, they will fall in love by the end of the story. However, in many cases, friendship doesn’t always lead to love; which is why we simply call it a bromance. However, let’s step outside of the heterosexual box and take a look at a few literary friendships that, let’s face it, would totally work better as just plain romances. Here, Matt and Katie from the BookTrib staff pick their top three bromances they pretty much consider a relationship: Matt’s Top 3: Frodo and Sam: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein (Mariner Books, 2005) Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee are…

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Nerd Audiences Assemble! The Must-See Films of 2016

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When last we left the eager movie-going public, we were looking over the cornucopia of films that will be unleashed upon nerdy audiences this year. What else does 2016 have in store? Prepare yourself, movie buffs. Make sure you circle May 6 on your calendar. That’s the release date of Captain America: Civil War (geez, Batman fighting Superman, Cap fighting Iron Man—these superheroes have a temper, don’t they?). This movie may as well be called Avengers III, since if features pretty much the entire super-team, with the exceptions of Thor and the Hulk (who, rumor has it, will be duking it out in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, due in 2017).   The month will close with another big-time super-group in…

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Whodunnit: 4 Quirky Detectives from Books and TV

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Detective shows are pretty common, and we’re used to the age-old stereotypes. We have the gruff old cop who knows the ropes, the young new upstart who wants to buck the system. There’s the serious female detective in pantsuits and the family man who drinks a little too much and can’t quite let the job go at the end of the day. But my favorite type isn’t too serious or tortured – no, I love a good quirky detective. There have been a surprising amount of detectives who use humor and clever deducting skills to solve crimes. Here are three of my favorite – and one book! – that you should definitely be bingeing on: Sherlock   There have been…

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The Nexus of Nerdom: From Paul Rudd to Zoe Saldana

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During a recent conversation at BookTrib, we started to notice that there is some serious overlap when it comes to nerdy movie franchises. “Benedict Cumberbatch is in Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes AND The Hobbit,” someone said. “Well, John Barrowman is in Arrow and Doctor Who,” said another person. “Speaking of Doctor Who, Arthur Darvill used to be a companion, but now he’s going to play Rip Hunter on the new CW show Legends of Tomorrow, which is in the same universe as Arrow.” This went on for a while, until we realized something key: all roads lead back to Zoe Saldana. Yes, Zoe Saldana is the Kevin Bacon of the sci-fi world. Just take the new Marvel movie, Ant Man,…

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Our Top Picks from Comic-Con’s Trailer Frenzy

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Our heads are still spinning from lollapalooza of entertainment excitement that is San Diego Comic-Con. We were on the edge of our seats every time we heard the word “trailer.” It was too hard to actually pick a favorite, or even agree on which one was the best, so the BookTrib team decided to do a roundup of the best trailers that dropped. You”ll be shocked, be excited, be held in suspense! Benedict Cumberbatch greeted fans in a video instead of showing up for the Sherlock panel – which he kindly apologized for—but make sure you watch until the end. Did he just say what I think he said? Is Moriarty back?! Guess we’ll have to wait to find out.…

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6 ways to get your Sherlock fix while waiting for the new season

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It’s been a long time since the brainy bromance of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman’s John Watson graced our television screens. And, unfortunately, the world’s most famous detective and his long-suffering assistant/best friend/partner in crime(-solving) won’t be back until, at the very earliest, the end of 2015. Filming is underway for a Sherlock holiday special that’s rumored to air on the BBC this Christmas, but for us poor Americans (unless, like the similarly festive Doctor Who episodes, it’s simulcast around the world), we probably won’t see any new exploits until next year. There is, of course, always Elementary on CBS, another contemporary take on the Holmes and Watson duo. Beyond the obvious fact that the two leads are…

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The Imitation Game: Benedict Cumberbatch sheds light on a tortured genius

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Before there was Steve Jobs, there was Alan Turing. Credited with inventing a machine that would one day become the computer that most of us use every day—Turing’s creation was known as the Turing Machine—Turing is ripe for a biopic. Not only is he considered the grandfather of modern computing but the Cambridge professor was also a renowned code breaker who, along with others at the Bletchley Circle in London, helped break the Nazis’ Enigma Code during World War II. These two career achievements more than qualify Turing as a worthy film subject. But he was also, unbeknownst to most of his colleagues, gay during a time when homosexuality was a crime in the UK. Prosecuted in 1952 for “homosexual…

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Frankenstein, Dracula and Carrie — oh my!

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Run for your lives! Frankenstein LIVES!! Wait—sorry. What we meant was Frankenstein is LIVE, on stage, in the Olivier-winning production of Frankenstein by the National Theatre of Great Britain. The production, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller (both of whom have played Sherlock Holmes on TV), ended its run in 2011, but not before it was filmed for broadcast to cinemas around the world. This week, it’s being re-broadcast for a special encore presentation—check your local theaters for show times. Frankenstein’s return to the big screen reminds us that some of the scariest films of all time were based on classic horror novels. So this Halloween, when all the candy is gone and the trick-or-treaters have deserted the…

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Dear readers: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

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For Christmas this year I received one of the best presents ever: a Pride and Prejudice scarf. Yes, some enterprising Etsy artist figured out a way to print pages from my favorite book onto an infinity scarf. I. Am. Obsessed. Amazing, right? Because I love books so much—and television, let’s be honest—I started thinking about other accessories inspired by my favorite novels or TV shows. Here are some of the best I’ve found so far: Sherlock Holmes Necklace A-plus for presentation when it comes to this minimalist quote-based necklace. I love the way it plays with colors…plus it would be an honor to wear something that constantly reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch. “How I Met Your Mother” Necklace  Another quote-inspired piece…

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