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.

Make Your Own Alice in Wonderland Garden!

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Many of us adore Alice in Wonderland, and have read the books and seen the movies… Now we can make our own garden!

We stumbled upon this video on Facebook last week and just had to share it with you.

It looks very simple to make, and with a little love and cultivation it could be a beautiful addition to any patio or backyard.

Check out the quick video of how to create your own. Find links below for the sweet little Alice figurines for that extra magical touch. (Choose from figures with glitter or without!)

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Ok, so you have read all the books, watched all the movies, visited Pottermore to be sorted into your respective Hogwarts House (Hufflepuffs unite!), and even tried out some Potter-inspired yoga… But no self-respecting Potterhead is seen dead without some of the best Potter merchandise available!

From your very own Marauder’s Map to magic wand make-up brushes and even your very own Golden Snitch- check out these Potter-themed goodies!

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Under Milk Wood in a Musical Setting

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Here at For Reading Addicts, Under Milk Wood is one of our favourites from Dylan Thomas. Originally brought to life in 1954 as a radio drama, it has had many reincarnations: in film, on stage, and television.
The story follows the inhabitants of the fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub (read that backwards and it describes precisely what happens in small villages…) including the nagging Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard; the old sea dog…um, cat, Captain Cat; two Mrs. Dai Breads; and others…

The first voice, or narrator, has been played by Dylan Thomas himself, Donald Houston, or recently by Michael Sheen, but the most popular First Voice was Richard Burton.

Inspired by Under Milk Wood, and using Burton’s reading of the verse, a musician going under the name of Isabella Heights has given it new life. Check how Burton’s voice is beautifully enhanced by his new musical setting…

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Setting Literary Records

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We know that when it comes to setting World Records, nothing can be weird enough, whacky enough, shocking enough or even stupid enough. We have come across people who can pull aircrafts, people who make giant houses with playing cards, some who blow the most number of balloons under a minute and the like. But as reading addicts, we are definitely interested in world records related to reading, writing and of course, books! Read More

Take a Stroll Through the Abandoned Wizard of Oz Theme Park

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In 1970s North Carolina, USA, two bright sparks, brothers Grover and Harry Robbins, dreamed up the ultimate Wizard of Oz theme park. Sadly, just prior to the park’s opening, Grover passed away, and he never got to see its initial success. The park was popular at first, however after a decade of waning visitor numbers the project had to be abandoned.

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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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