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11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books

Some of the most beloved movies ever were based on books. But just because we loved them doesn’t mean the original author did. 1. Disney’s Mary Poppins might be a cherished childhood memory for a lot of us, but for author P.L. Travers, it was a complete slap in the face. Despite having script approval, Travers’ [...]

The Word Counts of 11 American Things

1. “The Star-Spangled Banner” (National Anthem version): 80 2. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettsyburg Address: 271 3. The Emancipation Proclamation: 719 (title and signatures included) 4. Don McLean’s “American Pie”: 870 5. The Declaration of Independence: 1,458 (including signatures) 6. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech: 1,652 7. The U.S. Constitution: 4,543 (including signatures) 8. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. [...]

Book-A-Minute

Are CliffsNotes (well, it ws Cliff’s Notes when I was in school) still too long for you? Then you need this: RinkWorks’ Book-A-Minute website where you can catch up on all the classic literature [...]

14 Literary Settings Inspired by Real Places

At the end of a good book, don’t you just sometimes close the back cover, sigh, and think, “I wish I could be there.” Good news: in some cases, you can. While you’re probably never going to make it to Narnia or Hogwarts (I know – I’m disappointed, too) here are a handful of “fictional” [...]

Where’d Rick Moranis Go?

Anyone growing up in the 80s likely has vivid and fond memories of Rick Moranis’ role as the hapless and self-deprecating Louis Tully in Ghostbusters, or perhaps as the dad in Honey I Shrunk the Kids or the fur-hatted Canadian funnyman from SCTV. But with speculation brewing about the ghostbusters reprising their roles in a [...]

Inside the World of Fan Fiction

Fan fiction—that is, fiction that uses an existing universe created by another author and expands (or pirates) it—has literally been around for centuries. Consider the “infancy gospels,” later texts that explored the life of the infant Christ and other figures in the original gospels. But right now, we are living in an unprecedented era of [...]

10 Unusual College Scholarships for 2010

Much like Alice (of Wonderland fame), the cost of higher education continues to grow and grow and grow. Luckily there is financial help available, and not just for the best students—you just have to know where to look. 1. Meat-Eating Orators If the idea of public speaking makes you break out in a flop sweat, skip this [...]