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9 overrated classics and what you should read instead

I still have nightmares about trying to read "Moby Dick" for a college literature class. Seriously, that book is my great whale.<p>Despite many (many!) attempts to read it, I still haven't been able to get through it all. Consequently, I believe it is one of the most overrated classic books I have …

Literature

5 Ways the 'Little House on the Prairie' Books Stretched the Truth

There’s nothing weirder than learning that one of your favorite stories didn’t really happen that way. For the thousands of devoted fans of the <i>Little</i> …

Portrait of 'real' Mr Darcy unlikely to set 21st century hearts aflutter

Experts believe Jane Austen’s ideal Darcy would bear little comparison to the one played by Colin Firth in BBC’s 1995 series<p>A dispiriting portrait of the “real” Mr Darcy, showing Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice hero as a pale, slope-shouldered, weedy character, thin of mouth and chin with his …

Literature

The survey that should scare the shit out of anyone in TV

A friend of mine in advertising (let’s call him Don Draper) turned me on to this rather startling survey, conducted by the Katz Television Group. …

TV

Sorry, But Speed Reading Won’t Help You Read More

The late Nora Ephron famously felt badly about her neck, but that’s minor compared to how people feel about their reading. We think everyone else …

Literacy

On the Use of Sensitivity Readers in Publishing

In the past few years, authors concerned about the accuracy of their cultural representations have started using a new tool. Sensitivity reading, or …

Publishing

10 Great Westerns You've Never Read

Andrew Hilleman, author of the thrilling new western "World, Chase Me Down," picks 10 diamonds in the rough.

How the Weird West Genre is Invigorated Today

Laura Bickle is an urban fantasy author whose novel <i>Nine of Stars</i> is the first in a new speculative fiction series. Bickel spoke to <i>Inverse</i> about the …

Better Late Than Never: On Blooming as a Reader

I recently had the privilege of participating in a panel at the Center for Fiction. The topic was “Modern Family,” and the moderator posed the …

Literature

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

TCA: Morano's cinematography expertise is a major part of one of 2017's most anticipated dramas, about a young woman trapped in a dystopian nightmare.<p>…

The untold story of Branwell Bronte - Charlotte, Emily and Anne's troubled alcoholic brother

The lives of the Brontë sisters are widely known to have been as unremittingly bleak and chequered with disappointment as those of their heroines. Two older sisters who died of tuberculosis as children, a mother lost to uterine cancer, a deeply troubled brother and devoutly tyrannical father - …

Why ‘hygge’ is the go-to concept for happiness that has spawned an entire publishing genre

Did the idea come first or the books? No matter. Here’s what it can do for you.<p>If you thought all this while that the greatest global export of the …

The seven TV shows from 2016 most worth your time (and how to watch them online)

This year may have been a pretty awful for some things, but it was a wonderful and diverse year for television. FX Research estimated that 451 original scripted TV shows aired in the United States in 2016—entirely too many for a normal human bound by linear time to handle.<p>That’s why we’re here to …

TV

'They had issues': Sally Wainwright and Tracy Chevalier discuss the Brontës

Sally Wainwright’s new drama To Walk Invisible offers a radical new take on the Brontës. She talks to novelist Tracy Chevalier about the siblings’ extraordinary lives<p>The shadow of the Parsonage, the Brontë family’s Yorkshire home, falls close to Sowerby Bridge where writer Sally Wainwright grew up. …

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The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London

Jack London State Historic Park, home to the rough and tumble troublemaker with a prolific pen

Literature

How to Recognize a Dystopia

Literature and film can open up to the depth and immensity of social truths we find profoundly difficult, if not impossible, to articulate. If our …

7 Book Suggestions for Your Thanksgiving Break

Curl up with one of these highly recommended reads.Not sure what book to read next? We've got you covered. Here are few stellar, somewhat …

Zadie Smith: By the Book

<i>The author, most recently, of “Swing Time” says the best gift book she ever received was from her dying father, who “gave me his copy of ‘Ulysses,’ along with the confession he had never read it.”</i><p><b>What books are on your night stand now?</b><p>I’m on a reading jag after a long period of only writing, so …

Literature

25 More Outstanding Podcasts for Readers

Last year I highlighted 25 of the best bookish podcasts on iTunes and there were a few comments from people who were just a <i>tad</i> bit overwhelmed by all …

Publishing

7 Obscure Literary Devices

Metaphor. Foreshadowing. Boy wizards. Most of us know the common elements of fiction. But there’s an endless supply of devices authors use to augment …

Listen here: 10 great podcasts for book lovers

As any reader will tell you, a good book doesn't end when you've flipped the last page. There's always more to learn, plots to discuss, themes to debate and backstories to flesh out.<p>And that's where podcasts come in.<p>With the ongoing boom in podcasting, there have been no shortage of great new shows …

Podcasting

9 fantastic maps of literary fiction that look like fantasy book maps

If you’re reading <i>Lord of the Rings</i> or <i>Game of Thrones</i>, there’s usually no shortage of hand-drawn fantasy maps. They’re in the book or etched by fans. …

Literature

The Best New Way to Read? Novels Told Through Text Messages

Brianna Howarth is a 22-year-old who writes stories that vibrate with eerie tension. In one, a babysitter suddenly discovers that the children she’s …

Novels

America's Greatest Ghost-story Writer, Not Who You Think

In a season of scary-clown mania – as in every other season for the past four decades – Stephen King gets all the attention as America’s greatest …

Literature

The Lesbian Vampire Story That Came Before Dracula

When thinking of the origins of Vampire literature in the Western world, chances are you think of Bram Stoker’s <i>Dracula</i>. This chef-d’oeuvre has …

Comment on Lifting the veil on the violent woman by Zed

I think the difficulty with having a “Violent Woman” trope isn’t a lack of acknowledgement that in real life women aren’t all kind, generous, caring …

Feminism
Women's News

How Will Future Scholars Reflect on the Books Defining Our Era?

<i>What will literary historians think in two hundred years when they read the books that defined our era? originally appeared on Quora -</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Marti LaChance, English major for life, on Quora:</b><p>Which …