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5 Picturesque Homes That Look like They’re Straight out of a Book

Sometimes I get so engrossed in a book that I forget how long I’ve been sitting in one spot. I’m sure you are familiar with the feeling. Whatever you’re reading is so much more interesting than wherever you actually are that you wish you could dive into your book and live in its world instead.  While that is, regrettably, impossible, here are five real-life houses that will make you feel like you’re in the pages of your favorite novel. 

 

1. The “Harry Potter” or “Hogwarts” House

 

Harry Potter House

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This house in downtown Minneapolis is the result of seven years of renovation by the owner. The interior of the three bedroom and bath home looks like a Hogwarts dormitory or the inside of The Three Broomsticks. Guess it gives new meaning to the phrase “a man’s home is his castle.”

 

2. The Gatsby Mansion

 

Gatsby Mansion

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This mansion served as inspiration for the 2013 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel and exists in the real-life location of the fictional story: Long Island, New York. The 14,551-square-foot house has eighteen bedrooms, a wine cellar, and even a hair salon.

 

3. Chatsworth House, better known as Jane Austen’s Pemberley

 

Chatsworth aka Pemberley

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Although there is some dispute as to whether Chatsworth House or the nearby Wentworth Woodhouse (or both) served as the original inspiration for Pemberley in Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, it is mentioned in the novel as one of the places that Elizabeth Bennet visits before she arrives at Mr. Darcy’s residence.  Additionally, Chatsworth was used as Pemberley in the 2005 film adaptation of the novel.

 

4. Baan Suan Noi, also known as Hobbit House Thailand

 

Hobbit House

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There are actually numerous “hobbit homes” that have cropped up across the world, but you might not expect one to be located just two hours outside of Bangkok, Thailand. It may be smaller than the other locales included on this list, but it is cozy and has all the amenities a modern-day hobbit needs, and it is only thirty minutes away from a national park.

 

5. Escala

 

Escala

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Okay, so this last one is a bit of a departure from the other places on this list, but it is the setting for many of the escapades that take place in E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey series, and it is a real place even if James did get some of the details wrong. The penthouse of the Escala Building is a 6,320-square-foot residence that has three bedrooms, a large open-plan kitchen, a library, and many floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Seattle’s skyline. Sorry, there’s no helicopter landing pad on the roof. And no, there’s no playroom either.

 

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8 Lines from Books That Made Readers Say “WTF?”

If there’s one thing you can say about writers, it is that they certainly aren’t afraid to let loose. They are naturally creative and when that creativity meets paper, bizarre lines can spew out of writers’ minds.

 

Here are eight lines that made readers say, “WTF?”

Warning: NSFW Language

 

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“I kissed her, a long hard kiss. Because baby didn’t know it, but baby was dead, and in a way I couldn’t have loved her more.”
— Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me

 

 

“All women love semi-rape. They love to be taken. It was his sweet brutality against my bruised body that made his act of love so piercingly wonderful.” 
— Ian Fleming, The Spy Who Loved Me 

 

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“And suddenly his cock was out, jutting upward from his breeches like a fat pink mast.”

— George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows

 

“The dragon grinned at her before bringing his nose down and sniffing her cloth-covered pussy. ‘And you are turned on, my pretty.'”

— Alice Brown, Sapphamire

 

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“Sunset found her squatting in the grass, groaning. Every stool was looser than the one before, and smelled fouler. By the time the moon came up she was shitting brown water. The more she drank, the more she shat, but the more she shat, the thirstier she grew.”

— George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire: A Dance With Dragons

 

“I just beheaded and dismembered a sentient creature not twenty yards from you. That doesn’t bother you?”

— Stephanie Meyer, Twilight

 

 


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 “An image of her shackled to my bench, peeled gingerroot inserted in her ass so she can’t clench her buttocks,

comes to mind.”

— E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

 

“There I am, drunk on a spring night, yanking my tampon out and hurling it into a bush outside the church.”

— Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl

 

 

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Did these lines make you say WTF? Let us know, and tell us which lines you’ve recently read that made you say “WTF.”

 

 

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8 Authors Who Earned a Guinness World Record

While researching last week’s 14 Shocking Facts About Agatha Christie, I was shocked to learn that the esteemed writer once held a Guinness World Record.

 

When I think of Guinness World Records, my mind automatically goes to the bizarre titles such as the the world’s longest fingernails, the most hotdogs eaten at a county fair, and so on. Thinking of Christie fitting into one these categories was surprising, but it got me thinking of which other authors held Guinness World Records. I was not disappointed. Here are eight authors whose success helped them earn a Guinness World Record.

 

1. The world’s thickest book.

 

The Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie, is certainly one of the most fascinating authors in history. On top of holding the record as the first British woman to surf while standing up, the prolific writer also holds the title for penning the world’s thickest book. In 2009 HarperCollins published a collection of Christie’s Miss Marple stories—comprised of twelve novels and twenty short stories.  The collection featured a staggering sixty-eight crimes committed, sixty-eight secrets, twenty-two false accusations, twenty-one romances, and 143 cups of tea consumed. One lifetime’s worth of entertainment added up to a whopping 4,032 pages, weighing more than fifteen pounds, and priced at $1,500 dollars. 

 

2. Oldest author to have first book published.

 

British author Bertha Wood managed to fulfill her dream of writing a book in the later half of her life. Published on her 100th birthday in 2005, Wood published her first book (a memoir of her life), Fresh Air and Fun: The Story of a Blackpool Holiday Camp. Wood’s impressive feat acts as inspiration for people who haven’t quite gotten around to fulfilling their dreams. As she proves, you have plenty of time.

 

3. Youngest published author.

 

American author Dorothy Straight became a published author at the ripe age of four. Let that sink in. While most four year olds were daydreaming, watching TV, or playing outside, Straight wrote How the World Began, which was published two years later by Pantheon Books. 

 

4. Most books published by one author.

 

If your first guess was Agatha Christie, Stephen King, or one of the other popular authors whose names are well-known around literary circles, you’d be wrong. American author and founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard published 1,084 books between 1934 and 2006. In addition to writing books on scientology, Hubbard covered a range of genres including sci-fi, fantasy, travel, mystery, western, and romance.

 

5. Fastest selling book of fiction in 24 hours.

 

J. K. Rowling’s hugely popular Harry Potter series took the world by wand, forging one of the most fervent fandoms in history. The series became more popular as it went on, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, managed to become the fastest-selling fiction title when it sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24-hours of its release.

 

6. First billion-dollar author.

 

Considering the enormous popularity of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (and the preceding books in the Harry Potter series), it probably won’t come as a surprise to find out that J. K. Rowling earned this title. Rowling has reportedly earned over $1 billion dollars for her novels and related earnings.

 

7. Highest earning adult fiction author (current year).

 

Miraculously, E. L. James shielded herself from the innumerable criticisms leveled at the Fifty Shades books with her massive paycheck. Between June 2012 and June 2013, James earned $95 million, surpassing James Patterson who earned $91 million for his work during those twelve months. 

 

8. Largest book signing.

 

Indian author Vickrant Mahajan earned this record when, at a book signing for his book, Yes Thank You Universe, the author signed a record-breaking 6,904 books. Can you imagine how bad his hand must have cramped? Ouch.

 

Which award-winning title surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Why ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Is a Dream Come True

It’s official: the Fifty Shades movie franchise has made over $1 billion. It’s surprising for many, and thoroughly unsurprising for the legions of E. L. James loyalists out there. The book series was a smash hit in a way that few are. It’s no wonder, despite being critically slated, why Universal adapted the trilogy.

 

Money, yes. These movies made the studio bundles of cash, especially considering their relatively sparse budget (Fifty Shades Freed was reportedly made for $55 million, which is mid-budget). But that’s not the only reason Universal adapted the tentpole book series. It was tried and true.

 

Having essentially been market-tested before a second of pre-production was put into the first movie, the studio could rest assured that no matter what they came out with—which, most critics would assert, was no good—audiences would show up. Because even if the movie itself was a bore, enough people would want to see the sensual novel brought to life.

 

And when Fifty Shades of Grey first dropped, as with any book adaptation, you could hear the calls of internet-frequenters throughout the globe: Can’t Hollywood come up with any original ideas?

 

Considering, of this year’s Best Picture nominees in the Academy Awards, only one is a book adaptation (Call Me by Your Name), the answer is clearly a resounding yes. Movie makers are more than capable of creating and producing wildly successful original movies, and audiences will show up.

 

Yet critics of book adaptations persist. There’s nothing wrong with book adaptations. There’s no problem now, in 2018, and there never was. Let’s jump back 100 years, to the early days of the movie industry.

 

Back in 1918, movies were being pumped out like crazy. Many of the same studios today were around then. Their formulas haven’t changed. Some of the biggest smash hits of the silent era were based on literature: Jean Epstein’s The Fall of the House of Usher, Paul Leni’s The Man Who Laughs, F. W. Murnau’s Faust, or Rupert Julian’s The Phantom of the Opera. Not to mention D. W. Griffith’s hideous 1915 classic The Birth of a Nation.

 

The Man Who Laughs

From The Man Who Laughs, based on the Victor Hugo novel. | Image Via Classic Monsters

 

Basically, the movie industry’s been aping literature since its dawn. It’s no surprise they’re doing so now. Regardless of a book’s built-in audience appeal, there are other reasons movie makers (not studios) gravitate toward literature as their inspiration.

 

Books inspire people. It’s not a controversial thought, especially on this site. They inspire you. Just like they inspire you, they might inspire a screenwriter or director or producer to take to their chosen art form and bring an abstract story to life. It goes beyond money. Put simply, books beg to be adapted. The marriage of book and film is as natural as milk and cookies.

 

Prose fiction is an abstract medium. Though a writer painstakingly chooses the proper words through which to deliver their story, those words can and will be interpreted differently by every reader. Though dictionaries do a good job of giving us all objective meanings, a good writer will not only create, but flourish in their metaphors and ambiguities. The best writers, at least in my opinion, are those like Italo Calvino or Jorge Luis Borges or Ursula K. Le Guin, who trust enough in their readers to give them the impossible to imagine.

 

Since film is probably the most immersive visual medium we have, it makes sense that the people who’ve internalized the abstract stories in prose fiction will be compelled to translate those stories into tangible reality.

 

There are legitimate gripes that readers have with film adaptations. Characters aren’t written quite right, or settings aren’t accurate to what the writer wrote. For the most part, though, these sorts of criticisms are unfairly expectant that one medium is capable of capturing and communicating a story in exactly the same way as the other. In other words, books and movies are made of different stuff. You can tell the same story in a book and in a movie, but some changes are going to be needed.

 

Book adaptations have been around since feature-length movies have been around. It’s not just because studios know they have an audience waiting to see the films—after all, book audiences are much smaller than movie audiences. Book adaptations are as popular as they are because we want to see stories come to life. Audiences and filmmakers alike are genuinely curious and anxious to see how snugly an adaptation fits the image they’ve constructed in their head. In the same way we get hungry or tired, fans of reading want to see the stories in their head exist in the real world. In a sense, book adaptations, even Fifty Shades Freed, are a dream come true.

 

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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Set to Dominate 2018 Razzies

The 38th annual Golden Raspberry Awards (a.k.a. The Razzies) have released their nominees, celebrating the worst achievements in film. Topping the list for nominations are American Cinematic Treasures: Transformers: The Last Knight, Fifty Shades Darker, and The Mummy

 

Fifty Shades of Grey tied for Worst Picture in 2016, and the sequel is nominated in a variety of categories this year: Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Actor, Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, Worst Screenplay, Worst Director, Worst Supporting Actress, and Worst Screen Combo (Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys or Two Sexual Positions). 

 

Check out the complete list of categories and nominations below:

 

Worst Picture

Baywatch

The Emoji Movie

Fifty Shades Darker

The Mummy

Transformers XVII: The Last Knight

 

Worst Actress

Katherine Heigl in Unforgettable

Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Darker

Jennifer Lawrence in Mother!

Tyler Perry in BOO! 2: A Madea Halloween

Emma Watson in The Circle

 

Worst Actor

Tom Cruise in The Mummy

Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean XIII: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Darker

Zac Efron in Baywatch

Mark Wahlberg in Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers XVII: The Last Knight

 

Worst Supporting Actor

Javier Bardem in Mother! and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Russell Crowe in The Mummy

Josh Duhamel in Transformers XVII: The Last Knight

Mel Gibson in Daddy’s Home 2

Anthony Hopkins in Collide and Transformers XVII: The Last Knight)

 

Worst Supporting Actress

Kim Basinger in Fifty Shades Darker

Sofia Boutella in The Mummy

Laura Haddock in Transformers XVII: Last Knight)

Goldie Hawn in Snatched

Susan Sarandon in A Bad Moms Christmas

 

Worst Screen Combo

Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys or Two Sexual Positions – Fifty Shades Darker

Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots or Two Explosions – Transformers XVII: Last Knight

Any Two Obnoxious Emojis – The Emoji Movie

Johnny Depp and His Worn Out Drunk Routine – Pirates of the Caribbean XIII: Dead Careers Tell No Tales 

Tyler Perry and Either the Ratty Old Dress or Worn Out Wig – BOO! 2: A Madea Halloween

 

Worst Remake, Ripoff or Sequel 

Baywatch 

BOO! 2: A Madea Halloween

Fifty Shades Darker 

The Mummy 

Transformers XVII: Last Knight

 

Worst Director 

Darren Aronofsky for Mother!

Michael Bay for Transformers XVII: The Last Knight

James Foley for Fifty Shades Darker

Alex Kurtzman for The Mummy

Anthony Leonidis for The Emoji Movie

 

Worst Screenplay 

Baywatch 

The Emoji Movie 

Fifty Shades Darker 

The Mummy 

Transformers XVII: The Last Knight

 

Fifty Shades Darker

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