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New Adaptation of Little Women Coming This Christmas!

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Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is coming to the BBC this Christmas.

The story follows the lives of four sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March- and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. The novel was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, but was eventually made into a single book for sale. The story was an instant hit and sold out its first 2000 copies.

“Little Women has a timeless resonance which reflects Alcott’s grasp of her historical framework in the 1860s. The novel’s ideas do not intrude themselves upon the reader because the author is wholly in control of the implications of her imaginative structure. Sexual equality is the salvation of marriage and the family; democratic relationships make happy endings. This is the unifying imaginative frame of Little Women.” ~Sarah Elbert, 1987~

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Film and Television Influence Amazon’s Most Read Fiction of 2017

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According to Amazon the list of 2017’s most popular books includes some old favourites, however it is (perhaps unsurprisingly to many readers) heavily influenced by popular television adaptations.

Many believe that film and television have the capacity to ruin a perfectly good novel by adapting it to fit into a series or film. Even Peter Jackson’s epic reworking of Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit trilogy tried hard to squeeze in Tolkien’s vision but fell short for many fans of the books (coughTOMBOMBADILcough).

While some of us may scoff or sneer at the seemingly constant need to adapt already-existing stories for television or movies, it has become apparent that introducing someone to a story via television can impact book sales of the original title. This year’s hit adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale shows this to be the case with the 1985 novel hitting the top of Amazon’s most read list of 2017.

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Amusingly Titled Gay Pulp Fiction of the 20th Century

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Pulp fiction is a popular and cheap way to produce books of low quality for mass consumption. In the early to mid-20th century popular pulp fiction titles included rather risqué publications about the sexual exploits of lesbian and gay couples.

Beginning in the 1930s, these pulp fiction books were sold in bus stations, newsstands, and general stores. Lesbian pulp fiction was far more popular than stories about gay men, due to their appeal to heterosexual men. The first original pulp nonfiction to feature male gay sex was in 1952, called Men Into Beasts, but it was more brutal and horrifying than the erotic and romantic fictions that followed.

In the 1960s gay press associations such as Guild Press, and Greenleaf Classics produced varied erotica and pornographic pulp fiction for and about homosexual men. Rather than being pieces of high literature the gay pulps were unashamedly created to titilate and arouse the reader. Each piece of pulp fiction of the time was produced with a colourful cover to catch the eye, and a provocative title.

We have gathered together some of the most amusing, shocking titles that were once available… Be warned- this is NOT safe for work!

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Noel A Novel: The Most Festive Game on Twitter

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Around this time of year, Twitter users gather together by the fireplace of the World Wide Web to come up with some fabulously festive versions of their favourite books.

#NoelANovel has fast become the best bookish game to play with your followers and we at For Reading Addicts were excited to join in! We asked our readers on Facebook to come up with some of their own and this is what they have brought us…

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Study Finds Russia, Singapore, and Hong Kong Have the Best Primary School Readers in the World

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According to the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), Russia, Singapore, and Hong Kong are the top three countries in the world when it comes to the literacy of primary school students. The study examined the reading skills of over 340,000 children across the world to determine which countries children excel in reading and which are below par. Read More

LiarTown USA : The Internet In A Book

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Welcome to LiarTown USA, population: everyone on the internet.

LiarTown started out in 2013, and was created by graphic designer and funny guy Sean Tejaratchi. Through creating LiarTown USA on Tumblr, the author brought us a glimpse into his weird and wonderful interpretation of popular culture. Nothing is safe- books, TV, movies, and memes are fair game in his quest to weird you out and make you laugh.

Tejaratchi himself describes LiarTown USA as a “duplicate world maintained by a moderately benevolent but not necessarily detail-oriented God.” He creates the funniest and most absurd book covers that look just like real books- but thankfully they are not… If they were they’d not be suitable to read on the train commute home, that’s for sure.

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Reddit User Discovers His Grandfather’s Image as Iconic Book Cover

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Isn’t the Internet a wonderful place? Years ago you could use unlicensed old photographs and chances are that no one would ever know, but thanks to virility and online communities such as Reddit and others, things have a tendency to be discovered!

This is what one Reddit user found out when he posted a picture of his grandfather to share with others. It seems his grandfather was a bit of a lad in his day, and this image from 1949 seems to capture that perfectly.

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10 Festive Books For Your Favourite Time Of Year

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The cold nights are drawing in, and it is the perfect time to curl up by the fire and read a feel-good book or three. We have collected ten of our favourite festive reads- some for mum and dad, and some for the kids. We hope you find something that piques your interest, or will make an excellent gift for a loved one.

Grab a cup of something warming and explore these ten festive books for your favourite time of year…

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The Private Lives of Authors: Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) was an American poet born in Massachusetts, USA. She grew up in a wealthy family, and was by all accounts a good child, causing no trouble and spending her time playing piano and reading.

Emily was a very bright young woman, and studied hard, but was plagued by morose thoughts of death. After a close friend died of typhus, Emily’s troubling thoughts of death deepened commenting a couple of years later: “it seemed to me I should die too if I could not be permitted to watch over her or even look at her face.”

As a young woman, Emily dove into poetry, reading Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson, finding influence in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and work by William Shakespeare.

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