Category: Popular Fiction

Lee Child Delegates to Younger Brother

We can’t just say good-bye to beloved hero Jack Reacher. Author, Lee Child, thought about killing off Jack, but instead he is passing the series along to his younger brother. Child knows how much his readers love the series and are expecting a lot more books to come. The first book, Killing Floor, was published in 1997 and 23 books followed.

 

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Andrew Grant, who is already an author, will now write the Jack Reacher series under the pen name Andrew Child. Grant’s most recent novel was released just a couple of weeks ago, the second novel in his Paul McGrath series, Too Close to Home. Not only does Grant have to tackle actually writing the books but he must also live up to the legacy his brother is leaving him in continuing on the Jack Reacher series.

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According to Lee, he is aging out of the series and not able to produce anymore books. Lee describes his brother as a ‘tough guy’ writer, who has more energy and is full of more ideas. Even though they were raised under the same roof, Andrew is fifteen years younger and is best suited for the job now. However the next few novels will be written by both brothers and then Lee will officially be stepping back and passing the baton over to Andrew. According to Andrew, he’s been a fan of the books since the first one, so he understands what the readers want.

Lee has sold over 100 million copies of his books and now Amazon is looking to adapt the books to series. So, Andrew is going to do his best to give the fans what they want, and of course his big brother will be watching.

 

 


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The Most Bearific Winnie the Pooh Quotes!

In honor of the adorable, honey eating treasure, on this day I bring you his best quotes. All of these are sure to put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart.

 

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“A hug is always the right size.”

 

“If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live a day without you.”

 

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”

 

 

“It isn’t much good having anything exciting, if you can’t share it with somebody.”

 

“If it’s not Here, that means it’s out There.”

 

“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.”

 

“Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”

 

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Winnie the Pooh is an icon. Period.

 

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Iconic Places in Literature You Can Visit

Ever wanted to visit places you’ve literally only read about? Well you are in luck my friend. This is a list of iconic literary places you can actually visit.

 

Tom Riddle’s Grave

We first learn about Tom Riddle’s grave stone in the fifth book in the series, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

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The grave is in an actual cemetery in Greyfriars Kirk, Scotland. Obviously the cemetery exactly like it is in the book but JK was rumored to have walked the cemetery and got inspiration for other character names. Many Harry Potter come to the cemetery and Riddle’s grave is the most popular to visit.

 

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The Kingdom of Arendelle

Arendelle is the fiction kingdom in Frozen and Frozen 2. The architecture and landscape was modeled after a real village in Hallstatt, Austria. It’s a small community of only a little more than 700 hundred people but the town is lively with up to 10,000 tourists a day.  The artists also got Arendelle’s name from an actual  city in Norway named Arendal.

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Bath

Jane Austen had written her most famous novel after her time in Bath, England. And the city inspired two of her books directly. Bath is famous for its ancient roman built baths that were mentioned by Austen. Tourism is large in Bath, thanks to The Jane Austen Centre, an exhibition that tells stories of her time there.

 

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Hobbiton

The Lord of the Rings has too many cool places we wish we could actually visit but thank goodness we can go here! The Hobbiton set was built in Matamata, New Zealand and 98′ Peter Jackson’s team came across Alexander Farm when they were location scouting. After nine months of building 39 nine hobbit holes were ready. Guided tours of Hobbiton started in 2002 and fans still can visit the hobbit homes.

 

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Green Gables

The Anne of Green Gables book series was inspired by real land and farm house that you can visit. Green Gables in a 19th century farm in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is an national historic site for its importance to literature and is on the most visited sites in the country. The author LL Montgomery visited the farm when she was young and got romantic inspiration form the house and surrounding areas for places i her books like The Haunted Woods, Lovers’ Lane and Balsam Hollow.

 

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The Chaos of Chaos Walking

Stay strong, Chaos Walking fans, one day our film will come – maybe.

The Chaos Walking adaption has been a long time in the making. The first book in the series by Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go, was published in 2008 by Walker Books. In 2011, Lionsgate acquired the rights to a film adaption of the entire trilogy. As a massive fan of the series I, like many others, was excited. The original story was well-written, fleshed out, exciting, all the ingredients of a stellar film version were there.

 

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What’s more, news about the adaption was gaining traction, especially after some of the cast was announced. Tom Holland was brought on board as Todd, the story’s 12-year-old protagonist, alongside Daisy Ridley as Viola. Filming started in August 2017 in Montréal, Québec, with a tentative release date of 2019 that quickly became 2020. The movie underwent re-shoots after the first cut was considered “unrealeasable” and since then, the fate of the film has been somewhat uncertain.

 

 

A big part of the issue with the re-shoots lies in the actors’ schedules. For one, Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland have had a busy few years. Between saving distant galaxies and the less distant Manhattan as Rey and Spiderman, both were unavailable for shooting for a number of months. When they returned, it seemed that making audiences believe either of them were in their early teens would be no small feat.

 

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The real kicker of the saga is that the times have simply changed. In 2011, dystopian fiction was huge. The world was ending left, right and center! Katniss was volunteering for The Hunger Games, Tris was jumping on trains, Bella was… well we’re still not entirely sure what Bella was doing. Point is, the tidal wave of dystopia has since passed and it simply isn’t the same market that it once was. Allegiant, the third film adapted from the Divergent series, didn’t receive a great critical response and Rotten Tomatoes awarded it a meager 11%. Ouch. The final movie was scrapped, too.

A Chaos Walking film could have been a massive success back in the era of apocalypses, factions and romance-against-the-odds. Now, it may not have the same appeal. Fans of Ness’ work may fill cinema seats but the question of profit is sticky. Between re-shoots and the constant pushing back of the release date, Lionsgate may find themselves with long term consequences.

 

 

The good news is that fans remain hopeful that the film will eventually see the light of day. Plus, the constant change in release date means that traction is still there as audiences wait for a final deadline. If nothing else, the drama comes as a great excuse to re-read the series from the beginning.

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Will Birds of Prey Soar at the Box Office?

Sometimes, I’m excited for Birds of Prey And (the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and other times I’m not. The trailers show the new Gotham DC is creating, and it looks fantastic. Although reminiscent of Suicide Squad it has a newer, brighter style. With the pinks and yellows and the fashion. Harley Quinn especially looks great with her clear jacket and funky sleeves.

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But I’m afraid that the style of the movie will be all it offers. Harley Quinn is a CHARACTER, so you need a world to match. Around Harley, you introduce other interesting characters like Black Canary and Huntress who are getting their big screen debuts and who can easily fit into Harley’s world.

But that was one of the reasons why Suicide Squad fell flat for me. It focused on all the wrong things. With the heavy stylized editing, we meet each character but we don’t get to really know any of them. Sure Deadshot has a kid he wants to see, Harley is love with the Joker, Diablo killed his entire family by accident, Katana’s sword stores the souls who are killed by it including her husband’s, but some of the others like Killer Croc and Captain Boomerang don’t characterization at all. We learn these facts like we are reading cliff notes before a test in the morning. We are supposed to follow these characters through the entire movie we have to see genuine growth.

 

 

There are a lot fewer characters in Birds of Prey so hopefully, this won’t be much of a problem. But I am still worried that there won’t be a lot of chemistry between them. In Suicide Squad they were forced to be together and by the end, it didn’t seem believable that they actually liked each other let alone that they felt like family. In the new movie, Harley gathers them as a team and again since there are fewer of them we might actually get to know them instead of their plot point important right then.

Obviously we don’t need to know everything about them but it’s presenting itself as a character-driven story. So we have to know more. And in trying to show off each character the actual plot of movie was lost. The Enchantress and her brother wanted to take over the planet which is a generic story beat we’ve seen but it doesn’t add anything to it to make seem new. The antagonists have no qualities but they are bad because the story needs them to be.

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I really do enjoy the idea of Birds of Prey, it’s scaled-down so we are only focusing on Gotham and the heroes and villains in the city. People are coming after Harley after her split with the Joker, simple. Other women are going through the same thing so they team up to solve all there problems, love it. There aren’t any world-ending plots or portals in the sky just a simple story. I have hope so we will see when it comes to theaters this February.

 

 

 

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