First Images From Tolkien Biopic Revealed!

By January 29, 2019 Inspired by Literature, News

J.R.R Tolkien is at last getting his own biopic! The fascinating and talented writer’s life will be played out on the big screen by actor Nicholas Hoult (X-Men, Mad Max: Fury Road).

The film, aptly titled Tolkien, will also star big names such as Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, along with British national treasures Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.

No details have been officially released but it looks to have warm-toned cinematography perfect for the WWI backdrop, and a host of talent supporting Tolkien’s life story. It has been said to be akin to Goodbye Christopher Robin which had dark overtones as well as heartwarming moments.

After Hoult posted sneaky peeks on Instagram of his time as Tolkien, fans began looking at the Lord of the Rings author in a whole new light. Who knew a young Tolkien could be so… Hot!? Hoult’s Instagram posted exploded into cries of “JRR Tolkien” PHWOOOAAR” and “Oh my gosh! 2-in-1 faves!”

The official synopsis says:

“‘Tolkien’ explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “Fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-earth novels.”

The movie is due for release to cinemas from May 10th.

Hilarious Honest Book Titles from ‘Story of My F*cking Life’

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Story of My Fucking Life has been creating hilarious (but fake) honest book titles since March 2017. Their snarky, cringe-worthy, and relatable titles range from embarrassing moments we all experience, to some we would be ashamed to admit. According to their ‘About’ information on their Facebook page they say:

“New stories added daily or at our convenience.

Submit your tales — your life is bullshit too!”

Good to know we can add our own shame to the ever-growing list of tragic titles.

If you submitted a title about your life- what would yours be?

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This fantasy writer has no time for literary snobbery!

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A fantasy writer has tweeted a scathing response to US talk show host Bill Maher’s condescending rant about comic book fans.

The New York Times Bestseller, Catherynne Valente, took to Twitter to tell Maher (and anyone who agrees with him) how utterly ridiculous it is to look down on people who read comic books or graphic novels.

Bill Maher had delivered a tirade on one of his shows after the death of Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee. He claimed comic books and the like are for children, not adults, and even attempted to blame the state of American politics on the fact ‘millennials’ read literature with pictures in…

Valente took him to task on Twitter, first shaming him for his hypocrisy, and then explaining how very wrong he was to be so narrow minded and ignorant.

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British Book Awards Reveals Shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year

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We all love an independent bookshop and thankfully the UK is still full of these little treasures in almost every town. The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, has revealed the regional shortlists for the 2019 Independent Bookshop of the Year, an award that is sponsored by Gardners Books.

The Bookseller reports that in all, forty-eight bookshops are competing, from nine regions of the UK and are all hoping to win in their local area before going forward to compete for the overall, nationwide prize.

Here are the shortlisted books for each region. We have some of the bookshops listed in our bookshop section so the ones featured are linked:
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Data Reveals the Most Popular Books are Written by Men

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Many people just pick up a book, read it and decide from there whether they love it or not, for others the gender of the author is important. The gender gap in literature has been present for years, perpetuated through history by male nom de plumes and lack of respect generally for female literature.

Some bookshops have even gone so far as to create visual experiments to show how many of the shelves are dominated by male authors.

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BBC To Adapt Fantasy Series Runestaff

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The BBC has announced this week that it has purchased the rights to Michael Moorcock’s Runestaff series for a television adaptation.

The fantastic book series will be adapted by screenwriter Steve Thompson, known for Sherlock and Doctor Who, producer John Yorke, of Life on Mars fame and executive producer Richard Stokes who has worked on Broadchurch, and Torchwood, to develop the adaptation.

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Paddington TV Series in Production

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Paddington is one of those bears who has stood the test of time, and has even outlived his creator Michael Bond who sadly passed away in 2019. Today we hear the news that StudioCanal will be working with Nickelodeon and award winning producer David Heyman in a global deal for a brand new Paddington Bear inspired television series for pre-schoolers.

Actor Ben Whishaw who voiced the bear in Paddington the Movie and its sequel will reprise his role for the new CGI-animated series. The series will follow the adventures of a young Paddington Bear and will air worldwide on Nickelodeon in 2020.

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