Neil Gaiman to Adapt Pratchett’s Good Omens for TV

After insisting he would never adapt the book he co-authored with sir Terry Pratchett Neil Gaiman was finally been convinced to write the screenplay for Good Omens in spring of last year and the person who convinced him? None other than his co-author Sir Terry Pratchett.

Apparently Gaiman only changed his mind about adapting the 1990 novel after reading a letter which Pratchett had sent to him intending for it to be read only after the Discworld creator’s death.

While at a memorial event for Pratchett at the Barbican in London in April of last year Gaiman recalled Pratchett’s longtime friend and assistant Rob Wilkins recalled asking him if he would adapt Good Omens as they were driving back from Pratchett’s house after meeting up with the ailing author for what would be one of the final times. Wilkins said he approached Gaiman because in his words “it required love, it required patience” to adapt such an iconic piece of literature but was rebuffed. Gaiman admits he was horrified at the thought “Absolutely not,” he remembers telling Wilkins “Terry and I had a deal that we would only work on Good Omens things together,” he explained. “Everything that was ever written – bookmarks and tiny little things – we would always collaborate, everything was a collaboration. So, obviously, no.”

But Terry Pratchett in typical Pratchett style had other ideas and requested that the author write an adaptation by himself, with his blessing. “At that point, I think I said, ‘You bastard, yes,’” remembers Gaiman and so began the adaptation of the story of Crowley the demon and Aziraphale the angel teaming up to deal with the (schoolboy) Antichrist into a six-part television series.
All has been quiet for the last few months until Gaiman Tweeted this little teaser:

Never has a thirty-year wait gone by so quickly nor taken so long.

5 Brilliant Bookish Inventions

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Through the ages humans have wanted to make our own lives, and the lives of others, easier. The inventiveness of our fellow readers has brought about some really interesting, bonkers, and brilliant ideas, some of which I am not convinced I would use in my day-to-day life…

Here are five examples of some of the most fascinating ideas other book lovers have had over the years.

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Twitter’s #LiteraryTypos Hashtag is Hilarious

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Twitter provides some pretty funny and clever literary quips and we’re proud to be a part of the Twitter literary community. Over the last couple of days, the #LiteraryTypos hashtag has been trending to hilarious effect, showing some real imagination and creativity.

These games are so much fun to get involved in, but they’re also a great way to find new followers and seek out all the best literary members of the Twitterati. Here are a few of our favourites from the #LiteraryTypos hashtag, why not head over there and get involved yourself? Read More

Gaze upon This Great Map of Classic Literature

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It can sometimes seem like all mainstream books these days are written by either American or British authors, but of course there are still plenty of great books out there written all across the world. If you’re interested in broadening your literary horizons then you’ll want to gaze upon this great literary map created by a user on Reddit named Backforward24.

One of the great things about books is that they can transport the reader to different places and eras and show us things that we may never encounter in our everyday lives. This fantastic map shows each country represented by arguably the most classic book written by an author from that part of the world. Read More

Macbeth Witches Appear at Glamis Castle

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Glamis Castle is situated in the stunning valley of Strathmore, only 12 miles from Dundee, Scotland. It is a truly royal and magical place; owned today by Simon Patrick Bowes Lyon, 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the castle was also notably the childhood home of Her Majesty The Queen Mother, and birthplace of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret.

Many of you may also recognise the name Glamis Castle as the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’…

“First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!

Second Witch: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!

Third Witch: All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter.”

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Hollywood Set To Remake Harry Potter!

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J.K. Rowling has sold the rights to her magical book series Harry Potter to Hollywood execs for a new set of movies!

The last lot of Potter films were criticised for not having diverse enough characters so an LA production company is ensuring this latest edition covers all bases: Harry and Draco will be romantically involved, Hermione will be a Muslim muggle and will wear a headscarf covering her trademark frizzy hair, and Dumbledore and Snape will be recast as women. Even Hagrid will have a makeover, by making him a transgender giantess who faces discrimination from the Giant Community.

We have explored what the new movies will look like, and are very excited to see the new take on our favourite stories. Take a look below for some ideas of what we have to look forward to.

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