The Netflix gods are kind (and so is their messenger, EW). We’re getting all sorts of good stuff to stream in March — many of them being book adaptations. Here is a list of the various adapted titles coming to Netflix according to their decidedly appropriate category.
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Stuart Little A Clockwork Orange Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist The Notebook Disney’s Christopher Robin Emma
Apollo 13 The Hurt Locker The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks The Dirt Tyson
I’m not quite over Paddington 2, I’m hardly even the better of the first Paddington film, truth be told. So it’s no surprise that I am completely unprepared for the new Christopher Robin movie, the teaser trailer for which has just dropped. Yes, here I am, once again weeping at a brief trailer for a children’s film starring an anthropomorphised bear. I am who I am, I suppose.
The film stars Ewan McGregor as a grown-up Christopher Robin, who is now living a pressured and decidedly un-magical adulthood in which he works a thankless and stressful job under his boss Keith Winslow (Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss), and is therefore compelled to let down his wife and daughter repeatedly, in favor of working late to implement budget cuts. Grim. Pooh Bear, however, returns just in time to reintroduce some color into Christopher Robin’s very grey life. It’s very moving, not least because Pooh continues to be voiced, as he has been throughout Disney’s various incarnations of the honey loving bear, by Jim Cummings.
Marc Forster, director of Quantum of Solace and Finding Neverland leads the project, with a script by Tom McCarthy (Up), Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth) and Oscar nominee Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures). Pretty promising, if you ask moi.
Together with Ewan McGregor, Mark Gatiss, and Haley Atwell as Christopher Robin’s wife Evelyn, the film sees the Doctor Who‘s Peter Capaldi voicing Rabbit, Chris O’Dowd voicing Tigger, Sophie Okonedo as Kanga and Brad Garrett as Eeyore. I am sold.
Christopher Robin will come to cinemas in the United States on August 3rd, and will hit UK cinemas August 17th.
Childhood magic is usually captured through the books we’ve read and the world we’ve imagined in the comfort of our backyards or sunlit bedrooms. The sky was the limit on a bright afternoon and seeking out new adventures with friends is how we lived and learned. Somewhere, laced in-between these moments, is a little bear who is near and dear to everyone’s heart. No voice was ever as soothing as Winnie the Pooh’s. His entourage of sweet animal pals and Christopher Robin have taught us the importance of friendship and lessons that carry through generations.
So guess what? Today is Winnie the Pooh Day. That yellow fur and red shirt are recognizable all over the world. Therefore we believe A.A. Milne’s work and famous literary creation ought to be honored. The ten quotes below from the author himself are about as sweet as honey.
1. If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.
2. You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
3. I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.
4. Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
5. One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.
6. Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
7. Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
8. Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
9. Pay attention to where you are going because without meaning you might get nowhere.
10. But it isn’t easy,’ said Pooh. ‘Because Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.
11. Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.
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.
Many books have been, for various and usually far-fetched reasons banned in certain places. While there are a large number of banned books, the most surprising are some of the children’s books on this list. We all agree that this sort of censorship should never be allowed, especially for some of these children’s books. It’s no coincidence that most banned children’s books are classics.
Take some time to revisit your childhood and read these books you loved as a kid, and probably didn’t know were banned.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, often shortened to Alice in Wonderland, is one of the most popular tales out there. Even if you’ve never read it, you probably know what it’s about. The book was first called into question in the year 1900. In the United States, parents rallied against this book, stating it promotes drug use. Another big objection is the fact that most of the animals can talk, which didn’t sit well with some people. In China it was said that, “Animals should not use human language, and it is disastrous to put animals and human beings on the same level.” Honestly, the Cheshire Cat is my favorite fictional animal, but maybe I’m as crazy as he is.
You’ve probably read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl for school. But this book was banned in several places in the United States. In 1982, it was banned in Virginia, and states continued to ban it. Most recently, Michigan banned the book in 2013. Anne shows amazing courage and determination, and after taking my turn at reading her diary, I strove to be like her. Why was this inspirational book banned? It was deemed too depressing. Really? The story of a girl who was trying to evade capture by Nazis is depressing? Color me surprised!
Okay, I’ll admit, this one may not be so surprising, but it’s still ridiculous. If you haven’t read these books, you’re one of the few. Harry Potter singlehandedly started the reading craze the same year the first book was published. But the books were also banned since the first book was published in several countries including the United States, Greece, and Bulgaria. Why ban such an important book? Well, naturally, because it promotes witchcraft, sets bad examples, and, oh, has a dark undertone. Sorry, but you’ll never get me to denounce the series that changed my life.
Even if you haven’t read this version of the book, everyone’s experienced some form of The Wizard of Oz. This book was banned because people think it has no value for children today. They also think the book perpetuated cowardice, despite the fact that character afflicted by cowardice isn’t actually cowardly. But this book was first banned because it was deemed “ungodly” for portraying woman in strong leadership roles. That was a scary thing in the United States 1929. Talk about cowards!
Roald Dahl is a very famous author, writing many beloved books, none more than this one. That, however, didn’t stop the United States from trying to ban this book in 1971. Dahl described the fun characters of the Oompa Loompas to be “small, black pygmies.” That was deemed to be racist, which horrified Dahl, who meant no harm. He revised their description, but then the character of Charlie, the kind, generous, brave protagonist, was criticized for having no good qualities at a Colorado school in 1988. If Charlie has no good qualities, then there’s no hope for the rest of us, especially those critics, to be good.
Dr. Seuss is one of America’s most beloved authors. His books feature funny characters and are written completely in rhyme, delighting kids. However, the People’s Republic of China banned Green Eggs and Ham in 1965 because of accounts of homosexual secudction. Sam-I-Am was also viewed as a minion for temptation, and the book was said to reflect early Marxist ideas. However, when Dr. Seuss died, the ban was supposedly lifted.
This is perhaps one of the most shocking books on this list. Most of us grew up reading and re-reading Milne’s classic. But remember, talking animals are an insult to God, which put it on the banned list in several countries including Poland and the United States when it first came out. In 2006, Turkey and the UK banned the book because Piglet could be offensive to Muslims. In 2009, Russia, thanks to someone who owned a Pooh plush with a swastika on its body, banned the book since it was perceived to have Nazi ties. Talk about one person ruining it for everyone. Most of all, parents protested because each of the animal characters perfectly embodied one of the seven deadly sins.
If you remember Shel Silverstein, you remember he wrote books of silly poetry. I don’t know about you, but he was the reason I gave poetry a chance. This book was banned in the United States because of one specific poem called How Not to Have to Dry the Dishes. The poem says if you drop the dishes on the ground, perhaps you won’t be asked to dry them anymore. Yes, children are impressionable, but few would try this. Talk about far-fetched!
This book was in every elementary school library for years. How could it not be? It’s a simple, cute book that uses repetition to keep interest. However, for a short period of time in 2010, this book was banned. Why? The Texas Board of Education was eager to ban an author named Bill Martin, who wrote Ethical Marxism: The Categorical Imperative of Liberation. Instead, they accidentally banned Bill Martin Jr., who has no relation to the former, and actually passed away a few years before Bill Martin wrote his Marxism book. See what happens when you jump the gun on censorship?