Aside from the simplicity of the story, this book is filled with so much heart, as well as beautiful quotes to take to heart, especially for those who grew up either reading and/or watching 'Winnie The Pooh.'
Easter’s coming up, and whether or not you get a protected holiday – looking at you Ireland with your two week vacation – there’s something worth celebrating, whether it’s 50% off Easter chocolates come Monday, or famous rabbits in literature. Though at Bookstr, we’re going to celebrate with both!
1. Rabbit from Winnie-the-Pooh
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Rabbit gets the first slot on our list because of all the rabbits in literature, Rabbit seems the most lazily named. Sure, three other bunnies on this list have Rabbit, or a not-so-subtle reference to rabbits, in their name, but at least they have surnames? Rabbit is just Rabbit. But then again, Piglet is also not so original..
2. Peter Rabbit from The Tale of Peter Rabbit
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Peter Rabbit is a fan favorite in this office, but the Hollywood treatment has really put a downer on our love for this bundle of fluff. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of James Cordon, but forty-seven seconds of the trailer was enough for me.
3. Peter Cottontail from The Adventures of Peter Cottontail
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Another rabbit named Peter, but this one’s surname is Cottontail! How original! I joke, I kid, these are childhood classics that I love and love dearly. This might be the Mandela Effect in action, but I’m convinced that Peter Rabbit and Peter Cottontail are two separate entities in literature, but apparently Peter Cottontail is just a rhyme, and Peter Cottontail doesn’t have any beautiful old-timey illustrations, which is upsetting.
4. Literally any character from Watership Down
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I think it’s safe to say that Watership Down is the most famous piece of literature about rabbits. And by that I mean, only about rabbits. If you haven’t read this American classic, you should put it on your list of books to read before you die, because despite the main characters being rabbits, they’re a fully formed culture with their own language including proverbs, poetry, and mythology.
5. Bunnicula from Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
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Some may say Bunnicula is more Halloween than Easter, but hey, we’re listing famous rabbits in literature, and what list would be complete without my favorite Dracula spin off. The Monroe family finds a bunny at the theatre after their screening of Dracula, and name him Bunnicula. Chester the cat is convinced Bunnicula is actually a vampire, despite his vegan vegetable-juice diet, and attempts to get Harold the dog’s help to save the family from this potential threat. Told from Harold’s perspective, Bunnicula is a wild ride that I absolutely loved as a kid.
Honorable mention goes to Nivens McTwisp, The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
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We are now one month into 2018. So far, so good. Hopefully at this point you’ve read several books. Or maybe you’ve just read one. Or maybe you’re in between reads. Whatever your circumstance, I hope your year’s gotten off to a good reading start.
If you need a break from reading, then you might want to head to the movies during these winter weekends. Here are the best books coming to screens this February!
Fifty Shades Freed
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With the tagline “Don’t miss the climax,” the grand finale of the Fifty Shades trilogy hits theaters early February. Fifty Shades Freed is based on E. L. James’ novel of the same name, and follows Anastasia Steele-Grey and Christian Grey feeling those post-honeymoon blues. Conflicts arise, sex is had. You know the score.
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Okay, frankly, I know we at Bookstr roasted the Peter Rabbit trailer, but sometimes the trailer doesn’t get it right. Based on Beatrix Potter’s stories, the new film follows Peter Rabbit’s feud with Thomas McGregor over a nice, animal-friendly new neighbor. The reason I’m changing my tune regarding this movie is that the case is stellar (Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Sia, Daisy Ridley, and ALSO Daisy Ridley). And James Corden’s voicing Peter Rabbit. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Black Panther is going to be the best movie of 2018, possibly the 21st century, and is it February 16th yet? Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Chadwick Boseman star. The film will follow T’Challa’s inheritance of his father’s throne after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and how he balances the mantle of Black Panther with the role of king. And here I am. Waiting. Oh, and it’s based on the comic book character. Ta-Nehisi Coates recently did a Black Panther run, so that’s worth checking out if your interest is piqued.
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Based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, the movie will follow a team of scientists who venture into a mysterious environmental disaster zone. The cast is crazy good: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Oscar Isaac. Also, it’s directed by Ex Machina’s Alex Garland. Should be good!
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Based on David Levithan’s novel of the same name, Every Day follows a soul called “A” who enters a new body every day. One day he meets a girl named Rhiannon, and they begin to fall in love. Their romance has to navigate, obviously, their unique predicament. Angourie Rice stars, Michael Sucsy directs, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl author Jesse Andrews penned the script. Mark it on your calendars!
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I really do love that show Antiques Roadshow, you know it right? Where regular people find a fancy gravy boat in their attic and take it to the experts on the show, and find out that dust gravy boat is worth $60,000. “Oh my,” they ususally say. My reaction would be a tad more enthusiastic, but I may get to share in that thrill soon. And you could too!
Forbes recently released the news of the books you may have in your attic or tucked away on the shelf that could sell for a pretty penny.
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The site LoveAntiques.com has a list of books out that are considered rare and highly desired. Of course a specific version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the 1997 hardback with numbers ten to one on the back of the cover) has a top ranking with a worth of $67,300. Ya’ll heard me. But these have to be some seriously well-kept books. No tears, missing pages, stains, or ruined spines. These little knicks add up and decrease the price a collector would pay as opposed to it if were in mint condition.
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Bonhams director and head of books Matthew Haley explains:
Searching your bookshelves for treasures can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, but in every auction, we have sellers who are stunned by how much their old books make. If you have an extremely old, rare or a book similar to the ones on this list, which is in good condition, you really could be looking at a small fortune.
If you also have the following books, you could definitely be in the money:
All four Winnie the Pooh books (1925-1928) by A.A. Milne valued at $5,388-$13,471
A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens valued at $20,207
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901) by Beatrix Potter valued at $47,150
The Hobbit (1937) by J.R.R. Tolkien valued at $53,886
Those are just the top contenders, check out the LoveAntiques list and the rest of their site on the guidelines on how to buy and sell these treasures. Now go dust off those attic boxes full of books and stuffed animals! May the odds be ever in your favor.
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Readers, I am upset, and here is why.
As a child, I had a charming mug and bowl set decorated with beautiful watercolor pictures of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and his extended family frolicking and being nice. I am only glad that that crockery is safely hibernating in my parents’ attic and is nowhere near a television or any form of technology that might transmit news of the genuinely horrifying adaptation of Peter Rabbit set to be released by Columbia Pictures early next year. The cute crockery would surely spontaneously shatter were they to witness the trailer which dropped yesterday.
The new Peter Rabbit film has transformed, nay, MUTATED Peter, the sweet, mischievous, raddish-loving rabbit-child of Beatrix Potter’s beloved books, into a swaggering, arrogant, obnoxious rabbit-man with little to offer but terminally unfunny one-liners and a love of beer pong.
Peter with his mother Josephine, and sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail in happier times / Image Via vam
The books follow Peter, his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail, and their cousin Benjamin Bunny, among other pleasant, anthropomorphized woodland creatures. Peter constantly has run-ins with Farmer McGregor, a surly old man who is tormented by Peter and Benjamin’s relentless pilfering of his crops. The illustrations are unbelievably sweet and evocative and have captured hearts consistently since the books first appeared over 100 years ago in 1902. Yes, Peter has remained popular as his true self, without becoming an overbearing fratbunny for over a century. What does this teach us, Columbia? What it teaches us is that IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT.
The trailer opens hopefully, reminiscent of a Winnie-the-Pooh film, with the gentle, grandfatherly narrator cooing over the image of a seemingly sweet and spritely Peter, bounding across lush fields. ‘Once upon a time, in a beautiful wood, there lived a rabbit named Peter, with a blue jacket…’ However as the narrator speaks, Peter careers through some pigeons, seemingly, like, actually murdering them. The narrator continues, his tone changing to noticeably cheeky as he audibly smirks ‘…and no pants.’ From this point the trailer, as you might imagine, tumbles quickly and irrevocably downhill.
Peter saunters into what is quickly revealed to be McGregor’s property, essentially throwing a raging house party, instructing his fellow debauched fauna to help themselves to all the house and grounds have to offer, crowd surfing, playing darts using other animals, and participating in all manner of other bad behaviors, all to the tune of Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man, which is admittedly a good song, but just doesn’t feel right.
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When the James Cordon-voiced Peter declares ‘I can’t think of one thing that could possibly stop our fun!’ cue a car rolling into the drive-way.
The animals run and hide and McGregor, played by a woefully miscast Domhnall Gleeson, looking prim and unthreatening, appears in the doorway. Saddened, rather than angered, by the distruction of his home, McGregor sits on the couch where, for no reason, a pig under a white sheet rises like a ghost. McGregor and the pig scream taking turns screaming at each other in a rendition of a weak scene which is for some reason used ALL THE TIME for comic relief in films that have nothing else going for them. The creatures then all appear out of the woodwork and flee.
Cut to Peter, smugly tugging at his lapels, and quipping ‘this is only the beginning.’
The beginning of the end, I would say.
Peter Rabbit will be on general release February 9th 2018 and I shall not be going to see it.
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