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The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

The 100 Best Fantasy Novels of All Time - Unbound Worlds

<b>1.</b><p>Dubbed the “Nigerian Harry Potter,” Okorafor’s YA crossover novel of a Nigerian-American girl with albino skin and a deep well of magical talent is …

Books

12 Modern Books That Will Become Classics, According To People On Reddit

There are certain books that feel almost inherently "classic." <i>To Kill A Mockingbird. Catcher in the Rye. Moby</i> freaking <i>Dick.</i> But do you ever wonder …

Books

Fantastic Fables: The 10 Best Magical Realism Novels of All Time

<b>* Magical Realism novels from classics to contemporaries</b> <b><br>* Modern myths and surrealist romances</b> <b><br>* Masterpieces of the genre from around the …

Literature

10 prescient new feminist dystopias to read after The Handmaid's Tale

In the not-to-distant future...

Books

55 Movie Soundtracks And Scores That Everyone Should Listen To At Least Once

These are almost, if not better, than the movie themselves.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Movies

11 YA Books That Could Definitely Be "The Great American Novel"

We talk a lot about The Great American Novel — the novels that are considered "the voice of a generation." Basically, these books are not only …

10 Books You Pretend To Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books - but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's …

13 books every young liberal should read

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it pays to be well informed.<p>From criminal justice and civil rights to environmental policy and freedom of speech, the following 13 books of fiction and nonfiction span a wide range of genres and topics.<p>One thing they all have in common is that …

To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

Public Relations

10 challenging books from the Intellectual Dark Web

As more intellectuals seek a common ground between the left-right divide, these ten books offer insights on how to navigate challenging topics.<br>Read …

Sigmund Freud

This Podcast-Based Writing Course Will Get You Working on Your Dream Novel

Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K writing podcast is a delightful, intense, encouraging eight-week journey towards writing a novel. For the best experience, …

7 Young Adult Novels That Encourage Discussions on Racism

Writers Tackling Racism Through Young Adult Literature<p>Educators in all subject areas can play a role in preparing students to counter racism, …

The Gone World is a brilliant, complicated novel about the consequences of time travel

How do you solve a murder by jumping back and forth in time?<p>In his debut novel, author Tom Sweterlitsch constructed a fascinating mystery with <i>Tomorrow and Tomorrow</i>, set in a virtual version of Pittsburgh after a terrorist attack leveled the city. In <i>The Gone World</i><i>,</i> he introduces an even more …

So You Want to Read Southern Gothic: Here’s Where to Start

Deep in the swampy backwaters of Kingdom Come, its richest resident, Thomas, shoulders the dual responsibilities of caring for his conjoined triplet …

2 of the loneliest characters in literature find companionship in Pride and Prometheus

Jane Austen and Mary Shelley get Frankensteined together in John Kessel’s achingly sincere new novel.<p>So the nerdy sister from <i>Pride and Prejudice</i> and Frankenstein’s monster walk into a bar...<p>That is more or less the premise of John Kessel’s <i>Pride and Prometheus</i>, which sees Mary Bennet, the dourest of …

After Annihilation: 10 strange sci-fi books that should be on screen

With Netflix's adaptation of Richard Morgan’s body-hopping cyberpunk novel Altered Carbon, Alex Garland directing the adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s weird and symbolist novel Annihilation and The Expanse’s third season set for release on Syfy this year, any number of SF and fantasy novels that …

Books

Seven Novels We Demand Be Adapted for the Screen… or Else!

By Rob Hunter Seven of us here at FSR read books, and these are the ones we’d love to see adapted into movies so the rest of the staff can enjoy them …

Books

How to Develop Story Ideas Into Amazing Stories

I often hear practicing writers ask, “What if I can’t think of anything to write about?” Sometimes they even have notebooks full of observations, but …

Creative Writing

So You Want to Read English Gothic Literature: Here’s Where to Start

Horace Walpole’s 1764 book <i>The Castle of Otranto</i> is considered by many to be the ur-gothic novel: a genre-defining work that set the stage for …

Literature

10 Works of 1940s Literature Still Taught Today

America's Lingering Fascination with the International Literature of the 1940s<p>The 1940s opened with the entry of the United States into World War II …

Literature

3 Harlem Renaissance Novels Deliver An Ingenious Take On Race

To mark Black History Month, Penguin Classics is reprinting six early 20th century books by African-American writers. The five Harlem Renaissance novels, along with W.E.B Du Bois' 1903 masterwork, <i>The Souls of Black Folk,</i> are much more than a summons to reader-ly duty. Rather, they're a shake up and …

Black History

10 Unconventional "History Books" That Will Change The Way You Think About Everything

If you stayed awake through history class in high school, you probably remember learning a lot of dates and names. It's likely that you studied the …

14 Epic Fantasy Series You Need To Read That Aren't 'A Song Of Ice And Fire'

Look, I love <i>Game of Thrones</i> as much as the next nerd<i>.</i> I am all about dragons, zombies, and dragon-zombies. But A Song of Ice and Fire is not the <i>only</i> …

The 10 Best Fantasy Books of 2017

<b>Update:</b> <i>The book originally ranked No. 9 on this list,</i> Beneath the Sugar Sky <i>by Seanan McGuire</i><i>, actually won’t be released until January 9, 2018. We</i> …

Books

10 Black Authors Everyone Should Read | PBS

They are poets, playwrights, novelists and scholars, and together they helped capture the voice of a nation. They have fearlessly explored racism, …

Black History

If you missed these 10 books in 2017, go back and read them now

Drawing on <i>Maclean’s</i> monthly book reviews over the last year, here are the 10 best works of fiction and non-fiction in 2017 as chosen by Brian …

13 Overrated Literary Classics, and What to Read Instead

Books

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

Renowned author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people around the world and earn him an estimated $17 million a year.<p>In his …

Start a Home-Based Editing Business

Start a Home-Based Editing Business<p>8 Steps to Becoming a Home-Based Editor<p>Updated April 10, 2017<p>Do you have a strong opinion about the serial comma? …