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Do You Agree with These Choices for Favorite Book Boyfriend?

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Sometimes you don’t just love a book; you worship it. And sometimes you don’t just like a character in that book; you want to marry them. Whether they’re broody and intense or sweet and sensitive, there’s just something about this guy or gal that you can’t get enough of. You comb the pages for mentions of their name, linger on your favorite passages, and, uh, imagine that you’re the one making out with them during love scenes. Luckily, there’s a phrase for these kind of obsessive reading-crushes. Book boyfriends (or girlfriends!). These are the characters you would die to meet in real life, the people you can actually imagine yourself falling in love with—if only they didn’t exist solely in…

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Web series brings favorite books to life

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We webheads love to watch our favorite books come to life. Long before there was vlogging, we got our fix from the silver screen. Swooning over Colin Firth and Matthew McFadyen as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice made us wildly impatient to see Pemberley Digital’s elusive William Darcy. Alicia Silverstone’s adorable Cher in Clueless was a reminder that we would eventually grow to love Joanna Sotomura’s Emma. And, confess it—thanks to numerous versions of A Christmas Carol, aren’t we secretly hoping to see a black-robed specter carrying a long-handled scythe visit Alice? SIGHTINGS You have to watch the adorableness of Knighthouse, Joanna Sotomura and Brent Bailey, caught on camera shipping themselves during the filming of Emma Approved. … And…

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Haul-a-Day 20: Literary inspired comfort

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Thornfield Hall specializes in shirts and scarves with classic literary quotes. Book quotes I offer are from Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, Dracula, Frankenstein, Jane Eyre, Edgar Allan Poe, Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, and Wuthering Heights. All items in my shop are hand pulled, screen-printed items. To see some of the items they carry, click here.         To learn more about our Holiday Haul-a-Day click here.  

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Try Thanksgiving dinner with a literary setting

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Thanksgiving is about a week away, which means it’s time to start buying those turkeys and getting out the nice china you keep in a box in the back of your closet. Planning for the big feast can be stressful—almost all energy goes into the food, while most people are lucky to even toss a tablecloth down before their relatives are diving into the mashed potatoes. Why not try something a little different this year? Literature-inspired table settings are a great way to make your decorations as impressive as your cranberry sauce. We guarantee that a Moby-Dick or Anne of Green Gables table will please all of your guests—even those picky in-laws. So here are five settings inspired by classic…

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What if Jane Austen had an unlimited text and data plan?

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Anyone with a college education can clearly—and sometimes painfully—recall being assigned some of literature’s classic works. Sometimes they were enjoyable—hello, Greek mythology! Sometimes, not so much– I do not care what anyone says, Les Miserables should have stayed on the shelf and out of my backpack. Fortunately, our suffering was not in vain. We have now been rewarded with the hilarious Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg (Henry Holt & Co., Nov. 4, 2014). If you give Circe a smartphone, what would she text? How about Lizzie Bennet’s mother? This hilariously modern take on some of literature’s best known characters answers that question. Funny and irreverent, Text from Jane Eyre stays…

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From book to vlog to book: The Emmy Award-winning Lizzie Bennet Diaries reveals secrets

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I confess it. I love film adaptions of classic novels. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, especially since there are plenty of bad ones. (I’m talking to you, 1940s MGM Studios.) But just like a great song can transcend genres, great stories will survive and even thrive in adaption to new formats. A couple of years ago, a transformative way of retelling the classics burst on the internet with the line, “My name is Lizzie Bennet, and this is my life.” The brainchild of Hank Green (who, with his brother, author John Green of The Fault In Our Stars fame, turned vlogging into a lifestyle), and Bernie Su, a writer, director and producer, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a…

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