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Gone with the Wind Screen Tests & Auditions

(YouTube link) A total of 32 actresses tried out for the role of Scarlet O’Hara, and many others who auditioned for the other principle parts in the 1939 film Gone With The Wind. Hindsight tells us the final casting was perfect, but it’s interesting to think about some of these other folks in those roles. -via [...]

24 Utterly Adorable Pet Halloween Costumes

Whether or not you would ever dress up your own pet, it’s hard to deny that critters look cute in Halloween costumes, no matter what species they happen to be. Here are some of the best animal Halloween costumes from around the web for your holiday ogling pleasure. Dogs 1. The Incredible Hulk Who would have guessed that [...]

6 Classic Characters With Serious Disorders

Sure you might love Ariel, Belle, Glinda, Scarlet and Sherlock, but did you know they all have serious mental disorders? Cracked takes a look at the character’s questionable mental states with this great article. I think their assessments seem pretty spot on for the most part. What about you? Link

The Top 10 Best Modern Literary Love Stories

When people talk about literary loves, they mention Rhett and Scarlet, Heathcliff and Catherine, or Romeo and Juliet. It’s about time some more modern love stories joined them. The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog assembled a list of modern novels with great love stories. If you haven’t read these, this might be the nudge you [...]

Strange Stories Of The World’s Most Famous Sleuth

I’ve always enjoyed an occasional Sherlock Holmes story, but it wasn’t until I took a class on the subject that I learned just how strange many of the tales are. From crazed Mormons to ape men to vampires, Conan Doyle’s heroic detective encounters some seriously strange cases in his time. In celebration of 124 years [...]

6 Famous Novels Penned in Under a Month

It’s National Novel Writing Month! Some people criticize the concept, claiming that novels written in under a month aren’t going to be worth the paper they’re printed on. But there are plenty of examples to prove the naysayers wrong. In fact, many classic, bestselling novels were penned within this time frame. While these authors completed [...]

The 50 Most Hated Characters in Literary History

You read the books, but not all characters are likable (just like real life). This list will no doubt spark discussion both for who it includes and for who it omits. I won’t tell you who is number one, but you know Scarlet O’Hara is on this list. Melanie made it, too. 4.) Scarlett O’Hara Gone With [...]

Interview with Spacevidcast.com’s Benjamin Higginbotham

One of my favorite sites is Spacevidcast.com, a podcast hosted by husband and wife team, Cariann Higginbotham and Benjamin Higginbotham. Their goal? To take space to the masses. We were lucky to get a nice interview with Benjamin, who also went out of his way (upon request) to make this little video, a behind the [...]

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: How to Keep Your Mind Sharp

It’s been well over a century since the first Sherlock Holmes adventure was published, and yet the master detective remains as popular as ever; witness the upcoming release of Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr., the Holmes-inspired television phenomenon that is House, M.D., and countless adaptations over the years. But what is it about this 19th [...]

The Late Movies: the Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

One of pop culture’s most beloved characters — and some say the most famous fictional character of all time — Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed on screens both large and small by dozens of men. Since I’m posting excerpts from my Sherlock Holmes book all week, I figured I’d make the leap from book to [...]