If The Office did Shakespeare, it would be hilariously awkward

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to make Shakespeare shorter and more accessible?

Elodie from SparkNotes has made it her life’s mission to create smart and funny ways to bring Shakespeare into the this modern world of instant gratification. Drawing from her extensive knowledge of the bard, and her deep love for the cringe-worthy comedy The Office (US), Elodie has created something beautiful.

Here is Shakespeare’s work as you have never seen before.

Tumblr has a seriously hilarious obsession with Harry Potter

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Tumblr is absolutely stuffed full of fandoms sharing their obsessions, observations, and frustrations. There is a group of fans for every television series, movie franchise, graphic novel, and all kinds of literature; many of them end up on Tumblr armed with GIFs and memes, and ready to fly the flag for their fandom.

The Hogwarts/Harry Potter fandom is one Tumblr has been obsessing over since forever and, despite the last movie being released back in 2011, they’re still going strong!

Some of the funniest observations ever made about Harry Potter and the wizarding universe can be found on the blog site, and here are our favourites…

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Gruffalo Coin Will Celebrate 20 Years of Julia Donaldson’s Loveable Monster

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It’s now twenty years since parents started reading The Gruffalo to their children and Julia Donaldson’s loveable monster has certainly stood the test of time. Since the release of the children’s book there has been a stageshow, follow on books and even various themed woodland events in the UK and now to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the book’s launch, there’s to be a Gruffalo 50p piece launched next week.

The Royal Mint is keeping fairly tight lipped about the coin, and so we don’t know yet what it will look like but we assume it’s likely to feature the monster, and possibly the mouse who bravely stands up to him.
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Hilarious Valentine’s Cards for Harry Potter Fans!

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Valentine’s Day should be magical, and a moment to share how you feel about the object of your affections. If you are both fans of Harry Potter and his whole wizarding world then artist Ben Kling has what you need.

From his Tumblr page, Ben shows us some of his best work to date- Harry Potter themed Valentine’s cards! Not all of them are PG13- be warned- and they are all slightly awkward, pun-filled, and full of magic.

If you love someone who should’ve attended Hogwarts then we have the cards for you, but be warned- there is the occasional swear word and distinct lack of romance…

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Beautiful Animated Short Film Shows The Magic of Reading

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Today we want to share with you this beautiful animated short film that shows the way books are part of your life, and how far a lifetime of reading can take you.

The creator, Renaud Plante contacted me this week to share the video and I just had to share it with you as I think you will all love it.

In the short film, which is called Un monde à découvrir (A World to Discover), a young boy goes to a library and discovers, in books and their words, a universe that will follow him until the end of his life. I’m sure a lot of you will relate.

Enjoy!
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6th Graders Recreate Iconic Book Covers for Black History Month

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Book covers by Black authors have been recreated by a class of 6th grade students from Milwaukee to celebrate Black History Month.

Thanks to educator Terrance Sims, the class were able to accurately recreate some of the most iconic book covers and pay homage to Black voices. Sims ensures each Black History Month is marked by creating a project meant to highlight the talent, strength, and importance of Black leaders, artists, and culture.

This year’s project was inspired by the class’s book club who came up with the idea, and Sims gave it the title ‘Representation is Key’. The recreations (below) are really well done, and the pride the kids feel in themselves and the Black icons, is clear.  Read More

Writer creates ‘micro horror stories’ from one word

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Every writer knows that inspiration can be elusive, and sometimes writing prompts are so useful when writer’s block is upon you.

Elle Gato (@elle_em) came up with a great idea while procrastinating on Twitter one day- to ask her followers for writing prompts. Asking for just one word, Elle figured she could write a micro horror story about the word to help her ‘get in the headspace to write’.

Occasionally creepy, very often atmospheric, Elle’s micro horror stories were inspired by words such as ‘dumplings’, ‘pugs’, ‘kerfuffle’, and ‘Brexit’. That last one is a nightmare in its own right, to be perfectly frank.

Check out some of our favourites below, and then head over to Elle’s Twitter page to see more!

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