Science Explains How Our Brains Process Metaphors

Science Explains How Our Brains Process Metaphors

Metaphors play an important role in fiction. They help us visualize concepts, and they make language more beautiful by invoking striking comparisons. But, as the Wall Street Journal points out, science indicates that our brains see metaphors as more than just a literary device. You probably remember from high school that a metaphor is a literary device that equates one thing with another in a figurative way. A simile is the one that uses a comparison word (like “as” or “like”), and a metaphor is the one that just dives right in and says one thing “is” another. For example, …

HBO Gets Its Hands on Sharp Objects

HBO Gets Its Hands on Sharp Objects

The TV adaptation of Sharp Objects, the first novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, finally has a home. HBO won the rights to air the show’s first season, though not before they got into a bidding war with some other industry giants. HBO had to outbid Netflix, which went after the show almost as aggressively as HBO did, Deadline reports. It’s not hard to see why so many distributors wanted the rights: since the massive success of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s work has been in high demand. Gone Girl got the movie treatment in 2014, and did very well at the …

Snow Whites Sister Will Get Her Own Live-Action Disney Flick

Snow Whites Sister Will Get Her Own Live-Action Disney Flick

Disney has been on a live-action kick lately, creating live-action versions of fan favorites like Cinderella and The Jungle Book. Now the company has announced a new live-action project, which will focus on Rose Red – Snow White’s sister. Disney is taking some liberties with their new story. Those familiar with Grimm’s Fairy Tales will remember Rose Red from her own story, which is unrelated to Snow White’s. But in Disney’s version, the two women will be sisters, and Rose Red will be called upon to save Snow White. Book Buttons Embed ISBN: 9781444656565   According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rose …

The Favorite Author Infographic

The Favorite Author Infographic

Your favorite writers have favorite writers of their own – and what they read has had a huge impact on what you read! Even the greatest writers who ever lived owe a debt to the writers that came before them, and this infographic from Books on the Wall does a great job of illustrating that. Check out the full image below. Following the lines of the infographic, we see how Anton Chekhov, master of the short story, passed the torch to Raymond Carver. Mark Twain influenced both Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner, but those two writers didn’t get along that well – perhaps because …

Cover Revealed for Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Cover Revealed for Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

This fall, we’ll be treated to a new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. But you don’t have to wait that long to get a glimpse of the book’s cover – check it out below! The cover shows Harry Potter joining some of the Weasley boys in the Weasley family’s magical flying Ford Anglia. They’re headed towards the Burrow, the Weasley’s home, and a Gryffindor scarf can be seen flying out of the window. The new edition will be illustrated by Jim Kay, who was also responsible for the pictures in last year’s illustrated edition of …