People on the Street Were Asked to Name Any Book, It Went Badly…

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It seems like every year we read reports which state that fewer and fewer people are reading books and that the medium is struggling to compete against other forms of entertainment such as music and films. We like to think there are still plenty of bibliophiles out there but, as Kimmel reports, the fact is that the average American will read only four books a year while one quarter of all adults in the US will not read a book at all this year.

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel decided to see how bad things are by sending out a camera crew onto the streets to ask them to name any book. Not a book they’ve read, not a classic or a modern book, just ANY book from the Bible to Twilight. The results weren’t very encouraging. WARNING: Book lovers will be triggered!

As you can see, a fair few people were completely unable to name any book and those that did got it wrong. Moby Dick wrote a book about a horse? The Lion King was a book before becoming a hit animated film for Disney?

Before you get too wound up, lets remember that they only showed the people who couldn’t name a book, we hope that plenty of people were able to think of at least one book. It’s also worth keeping in mind that plenty of people go blank when put on camera, so lets not be too judgemental. Still, it’s hard to believe that titles such as the Bible, the Quran, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings didn’t come to mind.

Roots Author Alex Haley Talks of the Horrors of Slavery

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Alex Haley (August 11th, 1921 – February 10th, 1992) was an American author, best known for his 1976 Pulitzer Prize winning book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, adapted to a series a year later in 1977.

While a fantastic story, Roots was not without controversy and its release was marred by accusations of plagiarism (proven to be partly true), and doubts cast on the authenticity of the family ties. Today the book is accepted to be a work of fiction, and controversy aside is still a worthy read with an important message.

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James Baldwin: in his own words.

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James Baldwin (August 2nd, 1924 – December 1st, 1987) was a writer and social critic born in New York City and grew up in Harlem, USA.

Baldwin’s courage, intelligence, and humility steered him past less successful paths and towards a meaningful life as a writer and social commenter. His essays, in collections such as Notes of a Native Son, explored race, sex, and class distinctions in the West. His writings reflected and discussed these issues he faced as a Black man but also ones he faced as a homosexual man.

His life was so full of travel, fascinating people, heartbreaking realisations, and all the while writing about his thoughts and experiences, that it is best to hear it from the man himself. It cannot be contained in a blog alone.

Watch a BBC interview with the great man next, and below find further links to purchase his essays, books, and plays.

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This ex-NFL player has a lot to say about books!

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Martellus Bennett is an ex-NFL player who retired from playing football in March. His retirement came after 10 seasons of football and making nearly $34 million in total contracts and sponsors.

Bennett is a voracious reader, a habit he picked up partly from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who had challenged himself to read a new book every other week for a whole year.

“I started reading a lot of books because Zuckerberg was doing it,” he commented.

Many NFL players spend their hard earned cash on cars and property but Bennett has spent thousands on building up his own library.

“I have about 3,500 books, maybe more… I have a library, and it’s like I want to beat Belle on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and have a better library than she had.” Bennet told news sources.

We can relate, Martellus!

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George R.R. Martin Gives Us Chills with His ‘On Fantasy’ Speech

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Ever since his fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire was adapted into the hit TV series Game of Thrones by HBO, George R.R. Martin has shot to a level of fame and success that most authors can only dream of. Martin’s brutal but extraordinary fantasy land of Westeros has captured the imagination of millions and arguably paved new ground for the genre.

In 1996, Martin wrote a short introduction for The Faces of Fantasy: Photographs by Pati Perret, in which he eloquently captures why the fantasy genre is one that has endured since humans first began telling stories. From Beowulf to The Hobbit to Harry Potter, fantasy has remained one of fiction’s most popular genres and, in just a few lines, Martin perfectly explains why we humans have always, and will always, continue to dream of far away places where the impossible is possible. Read More

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer 2 is here and We Have All The Feels!

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Is it the theme tune, the characters? Whatever it is, the Fantastic Beasts series seems to perfectly tune into the Harry Potter Universe, giving us All. The. Feels! The second trailer for Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is here and it’s three minutes of sheer brilliance, taking us back to the world of Hogwarts and beyond.

For those of you who were left wanting to hear more of Dumbledore’s exploits as a young man at the end of the Harry Potter series this is it, it’s here, as we flashback to a young Dumbledore and the Hogwarts of the past. Read More

There’s a Good Omens Teaser and it’s Everything!

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It’s a while now since we brought you the news that Good Omens was to be adapted for television. The novel, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is popular with fans of both authors and is being adapted for Amazon starring David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, and David Morrisey.

Neil Gaiman has been tweeting about the production as filming has continued and now we have a small teaser trailer for you from the filming of the show. Read More

One Comment

  • Howard says:

    I’ve read scores maybe hundreds of books, an avid reader. I don’t remember the titles or authors. I remember the books. The stories. I’m a musician. I know scores of songs by heart. Couldn’t tell you who wrote most of them.

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