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Its National Redhead Day! Celebrate The Best Literary Redheads!

Its National Redhead Day, or as its more widely known National Love Your Red Hair Day, celebrates all of you out there with gorgeous locks of flaming hair. This celebration is made to make redheads feel confident and embrace their natural beauty, especially with the unique coloration they are blessed with. To celebrate in our own way, let’s count down some of the best redheads across the literature spectrum and see the abundance of them!

5. Ygritte: ‘A Song of ice and fire’

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Ygritte hails from the gritty world of A Song of Ice and Firethe beloved of Jon Snow. A wildling who lives beyond the Wall, Ygritte is known as one who has been ‘kissed by fire’ and is considered lucky due to her red hair. She certainly lives up to that image, being a warrior who fights alongside the men and runs circles around Jon Snow whenever they’re onscreen together. Her red hair helps define her and certainly makes her stand out among her people.

 

4. Nancy Drew

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Nancy Drew from her own series is an interesting one. While she was always a redhead, as seen the original cover art for her books, she was later rebranded as blonde! But redhead Nancy will always stick in the popular consciousness and being honest, she’s way cooler with red hair than blonde hair (no offense to you blondes out there!) But Nancy Drew is an iconic character, a spirited, adventurous, smart girl who solved mysteries and inspired dozens to follow in her footsteps. Her hair was the icing on the cake for this badass gal.

 

3. Tintin: ‘The adventures of Tintin’

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Tintin, the titular hero of the famous Belgium comic The Adventures of Tintinmay not have exactly the best hairstyle to compliment his ginger colors (seriously, what is with that quiff?) but he more than makes up for it with his actions. He’s not a sidekick or a supporting character but the main hero and despite his small stature, he kicks all kinds of ass. Tintin has taken on smugglers, drug kingpins, Al Capone, assassins, pirates, and even supernatural creatures. Tintin may be a little bland personality wise, often be outshines by his supporting cast such as grumbling sea captain Haddock and bumbling professor Calculus. But his red hair makes him stand out and he’s always exciting readers with his next adventure!

 

2. Anne of Green Gables

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Anne Shirley is a classic heroine. The star of her novel, Anne of Green Gablesno list would be complete without mentioning this spirited young girl. Having grown up in an orphanage and based from family to family, Anne’s life takes an upswing when she moves into Green Gables. Her hair is a focal point of her worries, as her childhood friend and future husband often mocks her by calling her ‘carrots’, to her chagrin. But it bothers her less as she grows older and becomes truly part of her. With no red hair, there would be no Anne Shirley.

 

1. The Weasleys:Harry Potter’

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The Weasleys from Harry Potter are everyone’s favorite family. Molly Weasley is the ultimate mother, essentially adopting Harry as a bonus child while managing her very large brood of children. Ron is central to the series’s power trio, being Harry’s best friend, while his sister Ginny ultimately marries Harry at the end of the series. And there was no better identifying marker for the family than their trademark red hair, making them all instantly memorable from hair styles alone.

Happy National Redhead Day! Remember, love your hair and tell us who some of your favorite redheads in literature are!

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‘Nancy Drew’ and Her Various Adaptations

Nancy Drew is a timeless tale of a young detective that has been around since the 1930s. She has been written by various ghost writers under the name Carolyn Keene. Then as years went on Nancy’s age has changed as well as her looks, i.e., the color of her hair from blonde to red. She has grown up throughout culture and has never been out of print, and now she’s on your TV screen.

In the TV show, which will be airing on the CW, Nancy is dealing with the aftermath of losing her mother, which caused her to stop being a detective. However, a crime happens outside the diner of where she works, and she’s the prime suspect. Now Nancy has no choice but to dive back into the world of sleuthing to clear her name.

 

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This isn’t the first time Nancy Drew has been adapted into a TV series. The first time was in the seventies, it was a show where she worked with the Hardy Boys. The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. The show lasted three seasons and by season three Nancy was dropped from the show and the focus was on the boys. There were more attempts that never went beyond a pilot and there were some movies, the most recent is the Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase that was released last year with a score of 67% from Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, there is also the 2007 movie with Emma Roberts, if you haven’t seen it you’re not missing much, but this new show is one you don’t want to miss. It has some Supernatural and even some steamy scenes with a familiar name, Ned Nickerson. If you’re a Nancy fan, then you don’t want to miss this.

Nancy Drew airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c on the CW

 

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CW’s New Nancy Drew Series Sets a Darker Tone

CW’s new “Nancy Drew” series joins a growing trend of putting a dark spin on otherwise light-hearted source material. “Riverdale,” also produced by CW, is a gritty television adaptation of the Archie comics that started way back in the 1940’s. Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina gained somewhat of a cult following when it came out because of its darker take on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” another character in the Archie universe. CW is continuing this trend with Nancy Drew, a darker take on everyone’s favorite detective from the 1930’s that stars Kennedy McMann as Nancy.

 

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Noga Landau, the writer and producer behind the series, has spoken briefly about the tone of the new show:

Nancy’s not so prim and proper like she was in the original books. She has complicated relationships with her friends and her father, too.

 

 

These relationships are an intricate part of the first season, which actually debuts tonight. And while the new Nancy Drew series is based off the original detective novels, it uses no existing plots or mysteries. Even die hard fans will be surprised! Viewers will be introduced to the new Nancy Drew just as she meets her soon-to-be best friends George Fayne and Bess Marvin. Audiences will also see Nancy in the middle of some family strife. The first season follows Nancy just after she’s lost her mother to a terminal illness.

 

 

In an interview with Larry Teng, the show’s director, he said he took a lot of inspiration from other recent thrillers like The Conjuring and The Haunting of Hill House. He’s also said the show’s color palette pays homage to the original novels with its use of yellow and blue. He also spoke a bit about staying true to the character:

She should be able to figure things out on her own and create her own plan of escape. We want to present a world on our show that was consensual and being led by a strong female who is in charge of her own body and her own mind.

 

The new series promises to be a modernized update of one of literature most beloved characters. As Landau says:

 

We aged (the characters) up to the year 2019. It was about making them feel modern and diverse and a little more complicated than the characters in the canon.

 

 

 

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10 Literary Ladies who Deserve to Celebrate Hot Girl Summer

What exactly is hot girl summer? I’m so glad you asked.

Hot girl summer is a term coined by fans of Megan Thee Stallion.

 

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The rapper explained the movement to The Root:

“It’s about women and men being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up their friends, doing you.”

And that’s really all there is to it. Hot girl summer is about exuding confidence, and helping those around you love themselves in turn.

Now, which literary heroines deserve to strut their stuff and throw it in a circle all night this summer?

Wow, I’m so glad you asked.

 

 

1. Fleur Delacour

 

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Fleur deserved better. There I said it.

By the end of all the Harry Potter books, Fleur is married to Bill Weasley and the couple have three children together. That’s all well and good, but I feel like Fleur never got the chance to reach her full potential as the enchanting siren of temptation that her introduction in Goblet of Fire makes her out to be.

Plus, Ginny calls her ‘Phlegm.’ And that’s just not very nice at all.

 

2. Bella Swan

 

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Bella Swan is easily one of the most hated characters in literary history. But if you look past the painful internalized misogyny, and the general blandness, what’s left to hate?

The fact that she has a hot vampire boyfriend, and you don’t?

Jealousy is a disease, sweetie, get well soon!

 

3. Helen of Troy

 

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Helen of Troy is a very well known facet of Greek mythology, and has been written about thousands of times. However, in pretty much anything you read about her, she’s a boss.

She caused a 10 year war, and the deaths of over ten thousand men, just by being the hottest hottie in all of ancient Greece. That’s some real hot girl stuff (I’m, sadly, not allowed to swear).

 

4. Janie Crawford

 

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Janie Crawford is the main character in Zora Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and, as a black woman living in North America during the early 1900’s, she suffers at the hands of almost every person she meets.

But, as we witness her life story, we see Janie’s liberation from the dictations of society. She bravely opposes those who try to limit her identity to her sex or race, and comes out the other side with the sense of self that had once been taken from her.

Maybe hot girl summer is when the pear trees blossom…

 

5. Lisbeth Salander

 

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Lisbeth Salander is similar to Janie Crawford in terms of the abuse she has suffered. And like Janie Crawford, Lisbeth seeks to defy those who have hurt her.

Hot girl summer is about loving yourself, and I think exposing a serial murderer and rapist after suffering through sexual assault yourself certainly falls under the proverbial self-love umbrella. 

 

 

6. Wendy Torrance

 

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Wendy had a bad winter, there’s no denying that.

But now it’s summer, baby! Time to shed that cowboy cardigan, make your way down the mountainside, and dip your toes in the warm sand!

Wendy is newly single and ready to mingle with a man who loves kids and HATES wielding axes.

 

7. Katniss Everdeen

 

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Katniss is one of the first characters to come to mind when thinking of badass heroines, and that alone gets her a spot on this list.

Plus, if you’ve read Mocking Jay, you know that things get -erm- literally hot for Katniss… She’s earned a little time to relax and let her braid down.

 

8. daenerys targaryen

 

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Okay, I’ll confess. I’ve never read or seen Game of Thrones. Sue me. I’ve included Daenerys based on the research I’ve done about her character, but I won’t pretend to be an expert.

Instead of making an argument that might fall flat on the ears of dedicated fans, I’ll turn to this quote (I also don’t really know if this quote is a spoiler, proceed with caution):

“Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods. Not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen. The world hadn’t seen a dragon in centuries until my children were born. The Dothraki hadn’t crossed the sea. Any sea. They did for me. I was born to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and I will.”

9. Nancy Drew

 

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Nancy Drew is an icon in every sense of the word. I don’t think anyone says it quite like my personal lord and savior, Shangela;

“Figure it out like Nancy Drew/Catch up quick like, Halleloo!/Who gon’ check me boo?/Not you!/I’m a pro!”

She’s smart and she knows it, and that is some real hot girl crap (is ‘crap’ any better than ‘stuff’?)

 

10. Elizabeth Bennet

 

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Okay, now it’s real hot girl hours. Possibly the most iconic hot girl of them all. Maybe the hottest of all the girls.

Elizabeth Bennet has all the men around town tripping over their heels in a rush to propose. She gets to turn down two proposals, and when someone asks her to refuse the next one she decides to say yes.

Having emotional depth, a complex psyche, and enough self respect to listen to your heart and do things on your own terms? That’s some real hot girl-ness (I’m sorry).

 

 

 

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Nancy Drew Television Series Debuts First Trailer

The Nancy Drew franchise has been around for a long time and is beloved by many. Several adaptation of the franchise have been produced, and another is on its way courtesy of The CW.

Debuting in the fall as part of the new 2019-2020 television season, the new Nancy Drew series will take a more modern approach to the source material. The title character will be depicted as a waitress and high-school graduate who gets sucked into a murder mystery and recruits her friends to help solve the case. Newcomer Kennedy McMann stars as Nancy.

The series will air on Wednesdays after Riverdale. Stylistically, the two shows due share a lot of similarities: Both are dark, youth-oriented reboots of classic children’s characters, which should fit right in amongst the other CW shows.

 

You can watch the full trailer here:

 

 

Are you excited for the new Nancy Drew show?

 

 

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