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Literally Little Charlotte Brontë Books

Picture this. You’re a child, sitting in your room. You’re with your two sisters and your brother just got a toy soldier set from your father. You and your sisters create an imaginary land for these soldiers, and you decide to create little miniature books for the toy soldiers to read. You’re an aspiring author. Does this sound familiar at all?


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If it doesn’t, that’s ok. That image I just painted came from a real moment in life, roughly 190 years ago to be exact, from the Brontë children. Charlotte Brontë, and her two sisters, Emily and Anne Brontë, created a miniature land called the Glass Town Federation for their brother’s, Branwell Brontë, toy soldiers to reign. This prompted Charlotte to create a series of six books in 1830 called “The Young Men’s Magazine,” which were to be read by the toy soldiers.


At the time, Charlotte was only 13, and Branwell was 12. The miniature books, six written by Charlotte and three written by Branwell, measure less than 1 inch by 2 inches and were created by hand with scraps of paper. Emily and Anne also wrote miniature books for the toy soldiers, but they were lost with time, unfortunately.



The Brontë kids created worlds in these tiny books called Angria and Glass Town. In an article by BBC, a fifth little book by Charlotte was auctioned in Paris for $777,000 back on November 18, 2019. It was finally acquired by the Brontë Parsonage Museum after being outbid for the book by the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts in 2011. Actress Dame Judi Dench helped fund the museum so they could buy the fifth Brontë book. As the president of the Brontë society, she said she always had an interest in the little books the Brontës created when they were children.


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As the BBC article states, part of the book “describes a murderer driven to madness after being haunted by his victims, and how “an immense fire” burning in his head causes his bed curtains to set alight.” Sounds a bit like The Telltale Heart! There is certainly a gothic influence in the young Charlotte’s writing. Even more interesting is what an expert at the Brontë Parsonage Museum had to say in the BBC article: “the story is “a clear precursor” of a famous scene between Bertha and Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre.



The stories in the Brontës’ little books are considered “juvenilia,” which is a term for works produced by an author or artist while they are still young. These works basically offer an insight into the development and inspirations of a very young author’s or artist’s work. In this case, we see the beginnings of Charlotte Brontë’s writing, before her first novel, Jane Eyre.


If you’re interested in taking looking at the Brontës’ little books, you can access them through an article posted by The Harvard Gazette!


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Todd McFarlane Promises ‘Spawn’ for All Ages



Comic book antihero Spawn is known as one of the most violent and memorable comic book characters of the 90s. An assassin who is betrayed by his government and becomes a demon of hell, Spawn uses his powers to rid New York City of crime in bloody fashion.



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The series was made popular by an animated adaptation on HBO that lasted for two seasons and a film adaptation with Michael Jai White as the title character, as well as several appearances in various video games. A new film adaptation from the producers of Get Out starring Jamie Foxx is currently in development, but that’s not the only new project Spawn will be starring in.


Spawn-Michael Jai White

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Speaking to ComicBook.com, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane confirmed that he is developing two new animated series based on Spawn, one for children and one for adults. The new shows will begin development after the film, of which McFarlane is directing.


“We’re talking right now. I just had a couple meetings this weekend about a couple different animation looks, both something that we can get kids in at a younger age and then get them into the sort of crack cocaine version of Spawn. And then do the adult one. So we’re talking about that. I think both of those come after the movie.”


Considering the violent nature of the series, it will be interesting to see how a kids’ version of the character come to life.


Are you a fan of the Spawn series?



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Can You Resist Bookstores? No? Then These Memes Are For You!

We’re all book nerds here, so I’m sure I’m in good company. The only thing I love more than a good meme is a good bookstore. Why not combine the two? If you, like me, can’t control yourself in a bookstore, these memes are for you.



The best invite


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Yes. Yes I do. Also I have zero chill. Any self control I may usually use is just gone. Maybe I’m the only one, but if I even pass a bookstore in the street I have to be gently steered away, or sometimes physically dragged. The pure glee on her face really says it all. And those are good friends right there.



I know all I need to

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All books are queens, and you know it. Sure, I can spend eight plus hours just looking around, but do I need to? I already want them all. The only limit is how many books I can physically take home on the subway, and even that barrier doesn’t get a lot of respect. Sure, I’m sorry by the time I get home, but when I’m deciding, no one can stop me.



Ancient wisdom


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Sure, it’s three pm on a Tuesday, and I’m drinking bubble tea, but I think I still look mysterious and wise. The books are used. That means they’re old and dramatic, regardless of the particular facts. I may not have the mysterious potion or the rocking beard, but I’m not going to let that stop me.



I’ve put a lot of thought in, and decided


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Now you may ask, when are you going to read them? Where are they going to go in your apartment? These minor logistics aren’t my concern right now. I’ve read the backs, and I’ve decided the best book in the store is all of them. At once. Right now. No, I don’t take criticism.



Nothing can stop me accept…


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As long as I have blood plasma to sell, I have book money, but unfortunately most shops won’t take it directly. It’s dangerous to even go in, why did no one warn me? You did, and I ugly cried in the street until you caved? Agree to disagree. But I will be back.



Ready to investigate?


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These bookstores think they’re so clever. And they are. I mean, are those even mystery books? We don’t know. We’ll likely never know. Unless someone wants to go full Sherlock Holmes and get into the truth of this. Volunteers, please send an owl posthaste.



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Hilde reporting

10-Year-Old Journalist, Author and Homicide-Uncoverer Is My Feminist Hero

I have a new hero. As if it wasn’t enough that ten-year-old Hilde Lysiak was noted by The New York Times as sporting ‘peach-colored socks featuring raccoons eating doughnuts,’ she was nine when she started her own newspaper, The Orange Street News, to report the goings-on in her neighborhood.


Lysiak ended up breaking the news of a murder hours before any official news outlets, and has now gone on to publish books based on her adventures.


me when I meet Hilde

Me, when I meet Hilde. | Via PopKey


Lysiak first hit headlines last year when her report on a local homicide went up hours before any other news outlets, and her star has been on the rise ever since.


A source tipped Hilde on the homicide, which occurred only a few blocks from her home. She confirmed the incident with the police department before rushing to the scene, and interviewing those present. Of course her hard work was met with some opposition, receiving comments advising that a ‘little girl’ should be ‘playing with dolls’ rather than reporting on murders. To that, she says: 


I think a lot of adults tell their kids they can do anything, but at the end of the day don’t actually let them do anything.


I believe her.


Hero Dog is the first book in a series of six, which feature Hilde as the protagonist. They are heavily inspired by her adventures uncovering news stories in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Hilde collaborated with her father Matthew on the books, which are illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethroff. They also feature reporting tips such as the six questions: Who? What? Why? Where? When? Hilde used to write these tips on her arm in order to remember them while out reporting.


The second book in the series came out on Tuesday. Hilde’s story has also been optioned by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content for TV.



Hilde doing her thang. | Via The New York Times


She didn’t get her interest in reporting from nowhere. Hilde’s father Matthew previously worked as a journalist with the New York Daily News, and the family traveled with him when he went to Florida to report on the murder of Trayvon Martin, and to South Carolina to cover the massacre at the church in Charleston. However, Matthew fell out of love with journalism. The family thought they’d left journalism behind when they moved from New York to Pennsylvania when Hilde was six.


They were mistaken. Hilde began her career reporting on events within the family; breaking the news to her father that her mother was considering buying a new car, for example. However, this did little for her and she decided to expand her reach, asking her father to assist her in producing her own newspaper. She typically gathers news by cycling around her neighborhood, asking questions. 


Her father admits, “There are a lot of people in town that don’t like her. They want her writing stories about parades and promoting the town. But no, Hilde wants to report crime and scandal when she finds it.” Damn right she does. Her response to the haters? “It makes me think I’m a good journalist.”



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Investigative journalism is not Hilde’s only passion, however. She is also very interested in slime. “I find great joy in [it],” she told the New York Times, who report that:


Ms. Lysiak laments that her biking limits prevent her from riding to Walmart, where they sell inexpensive glue that is “great for slime.” And she recounts an accident in her “laboratory” — her closet — after which her parents relegated her slime-making to the outdoors.


I have never been more obsessed with anyone than I am with this queen.



Me, embracing slime so Hilde will think I’m cool. | Via Giphy


The Hilde books are part of the Branches line at Scholastic, which are books aimed at readers aged five to eight who are not quite ready for full chapter books but who are reading independently. Hilde Cracks the Case is the first mystery series to be featured as part of Branches. 



Hilde’s books. | Via The New York Times


The rumors are true: I no longer slot into the five to eight age bracket, but you best believe that will not be stopping me from reading these books and buying my yearly subscription to The Orange Street News. (it’s only $20!) 


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