BBC Books to Publish first Doctor Who Poetry Collection

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With Illustrations by Russell T. Davies!

Books and Doctor Who go together like bread and jam. The Doctor is enthused by knowledge and learning and in his own words “Books, the best weapons in the world!” and so I’m pretty excited to hear the news that the first Doctor Who Poetry Collection is coming and will be published by BBC Books later this year. Read More

New Margaret Atwood Adaptation Coming to Netflix

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We’ve been spoiled for choice recently with top-notch adaptations and Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale is going down a storm with season 2 confirmed. If you’re enjoying that and you’re a fan of Atwood then we have news of a new adaptation from the author as Alias Grace comes to Netflix!

Published in 1996, Alias Grace is a historical fiction that centres around the real life deaths of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his pregnant mistress and housekeeper. Two of Kinnear’s servants were convicted of the crime. Read More

Handmaid’s Tale Coming to UK Television

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If you’ve been reading about the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale and the surrounding media furore and you haven’t managed to stream the series you may be feeling disappointed. However there is good news today as it’s announced that Channel 4 have bought the UK rights to the series and the first episode airs in just 10 days!

The Margaret Atwood novel has been adapted into a ten part series, starring Man Men star Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Feinnes, among others, and has proved a hit with US audiences and now UK terrestrial viewers can get a glimpse too. Read More

Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy to be Adapted by BBC

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The BBC has announced this week that screenwriter Andrew Davies is to adapt the Vikram Seth novel, A Suitable Boy for the BBC. It will be the first time the novel has been adapted for the screen, and given the length of the novel, the eight hour (in hourly episodes) adaptation sounds like it might be the perfect way to portray the popular novel onto the big screen.

A Suitable Boy is historical fiction and tells the story of Lata, a young woman coming of age in Northern India who has three different suitors vying for her hand on marriage. Set against the political backdrop of an India that was tumultuous at that time, it was first published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 1993. Read More

The Reading List of Daria Morgendorffer

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In the mid-1990s, thanks to Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butthead series, Daria Morgendorffer gained her own spin-off show. Beginning in 1997, Daria’s acerbic wit and relatable misanthropy graced our screens, giving smart and oft-misunderstood teenage girls a role model at last.

The series was created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV, and satirised US high school life and suburban America, as well as biting commentary about popular culture, societal expectations and pressures, and social class. It spoke to many of us who were teens during those years, especially those who could understand Daria’s need for something more than this strange and superficial world we were born into.

Daria often buried her self in a book (we here at Reading Addicts can all relate to that!) and the books she read were mostly high-brow, darkly themed, or classic literature. She was actually a pretty wonderful role model to have!
Thanks to multiple nerdy blogsters in the World Wide Web we now have a comprehensive list of all the books Daria read or referenced in her 5 years on television. Find them below, along with links beside them to purchase a copy for yourself if you are missing it from you collection.

Can you match Daria book-for-book?

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American Gods TV Review, the Old Gods Are Back!

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I first read Neil Gaiman’s American Gods a few years and, I have to admit, I was sceptical. I heard a lot of great things about the book and I wondered if it would be able to live up to my expectations. It was also the first time I’d picked up anything by Gaiman, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Within just a few short chapters American Gods has pulled me right in and I found myself exploring a world of ancient Gods who had been all but forgotten. I quickly devoured the book and am now a big fan of both it and its author. Read More

David Tennant Plays an Inimitable Hamlet.

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Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most popular, and most dark tragedies, since its first staging in 1603. Its enduring popularity has meant that a host of famous faces has graced the stage and screen, playing the fated prince. The 20th and 21st centuries has seen wonderful actors giving life to the play, from Sir Ian McKellen to Jude Law, from Christopher Walken to Michael Sheen, and many besides.

There is one, in my opinion, who captured him like no other… David Tennant, in a 2009 BBC rendition of the play.

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Stephen King’s The Mist is Coming to Television

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Coming to a television near you… The creepy tale ‘The Mist’, was first published in Stephen King’s 1980 horror anthology Dark Forces.

From The Mist website:

“Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike’s “The Mist” centres around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world, and in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.”

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15 Literary References in The Simpsons

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The Simpsons is an animated television series about a dysfunctional-yet-loving family living in the fictional town of Springfield. The family consists of Homer, the father, and Marge, the mother, and their three children- Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The creator, Matt Groening, came up with the concept of a satirical look at the American family in the late 1980s and, along with producer James. L. Brooks, created a series of animated shorts. These short cartoons were first shown on the Tracy Ullman Show on the 19th of April 1987, and after 3 seasons on there, it was commissioned for a half hour stand-alone television show for prime time.

Still going strong today, The Simpsons is now the longest running animated series on television, and the longest running American sitcom.

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