Stephen King Defends Decision to Give Bob Dylan Nobel Prize for Literature

By December 9, 2016Literary Awards, News

Controversy was recently caused when the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel prize for literature. Some writers and critics publicly disagreed with the decision, stating that Dylan was more a musician than a writer.

Famed horror writer Stephen King has defended the decision and has accused critics of having sour grapes. As The Guardian reports, in an interview with Rolling Stone, King said: “People complaining about his Nobel either don’t understand or it’s just a plain old case of sour grapes.”

He went on to directly call out writer Gary Shteyngart, saying: “I’ve seen several literary writers who have turned their noses up at the Dylan thing, like Gary Shteyngart. Well, I’ve got news for you, Gary – There are a lot of deserving writers who have never gotten the Nobel prize. And Gary Shteyngart will probably be one of them.”

King went on to argue that Dylan’s songs have opened the door for others and inspired people to take up writing themselves. After news broke that Dylan had won the award, further controversy was caused when the singer remained silent. The Nobel committee revealed it was unable to contact him and some began to accuse Dylan of arrogance. Silence was eventually broken after Dylan contacted the academy and thanked them for the award. He said he would be unable to attend the ceremony but did send a speech to be read out.

Dylan’s music certainly seems to have struck a chord with King. Recalling the first time he heard Subterranean Homesick Blues on the radio as a teenager, King said: “There was a guy on WBZ radio out of Boston … he played Subterranean Homesick Blues. Hearing it was like being electrified. It was like this pressurised dump of lyrics and images.” He went on to say both his children and grandchildren listen to Dylan, a rare achievement in today’s throwaway music culture. “My kids listen to Dylan, and so do my grandkids. That’s three generations. That’s real longevity and quality. Most people in pop music are like moths around a bug light; they circle for a while and then there’s a bright flash and they’re gone. Not Dylan.”

New Peter Rabbit Movie Coming Soon

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“Peter Rabbit now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm. Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.”

Coming soon from Sony Pictures is a brand new animation of Beatrix Potter’s classic bunny tale. Originally due in March 2018, the combined live-action and CGI animated film is now due for release on the 9th of February 2018, possibly as a result of the speed of the production. It seems like a host of stars also voice the characters we know and love.

Eagle-eyed members of the public spotted the film crew in Ambleside and Windermere in the Lake District. A local toy shop was adapted to be Mr McGregors’, which was very exciting for the locals.

Check out the cheeky rabbit’s trailer for the film below!

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Volunteers Work to Restore and Save Books from Mosul Library Destroyed by Islamic State

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Up until just a few months ago, Mosul had been occupied by Islamic State militants who, in an effort to destroy the cities’ ancient culture, had torched the cities’ university library which has contained hundreds of thousands of ancient documents, including a Koran from the ninth century. Since being freed from the extremists, the volunteers have returned to Mosul and are working to help restore the library back to its former glory and help save and recover the books that remained. Read More

First Photos from Good Omens Adaptation as Filming Begins

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Back in the new year we brought you the news that an adaptation of Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman was to start filming this year. David Tennant was announced pretty soon after as one of the lead roles and now we know he’ll play Demon Crowley. Michael Sheen will play the Angel Aziraphale and now that filming has begun we have the first images for you via the BBC. Read More

BBC Documentary to Air on the History of Magic to Mark Potter Anniversary

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A BBC documentary on the History of Magic from the world of Harry Potter is to air on BBC 2. Harry Potter: A History of Magic will show as part of an Arts series that takes a look at the lives of artists and their inspiration.

The series will follow the 20th anniversary exhibition at the British Library starting in late October where the public will be able to access ancient texts, artefacts and artwork. The documentary will unveil all things magical, the history and myths that inspired the Potterverse, magical objects and the folklore at the heart of the Harry Potter series. Read More

30 English ‘Lost Words’ Discovered by Researchers

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We’re passionate about language here at For Reading Addicts, without it we wouldn’t have all the wonderful literature we do. From obsolete words to words in other languages that don’t translate, we love a good language story and what follows is the best of ‘good language stories’. Researchers have discovered 30 undocumented ‘lost’ words, that is words that have fallen from use and are no longer recorded in the dictionary. Read More



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