10 Lovable Creature Companions from Books

10 Lovable Creature Companions from Books

You never forget your first literary animal. In children’s books and beyond, stories have provided us with dozens of memorable animal characters. Whether they be hairy, feathered, or scaly, they’ve been brought to life in our favorite pages. Here’s a list of animal buddies we’d love to have by our side.  Baloo & Bagheera from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Image courtesy of https://bit.ly/1l5RHlk. Rudyard Kipling had a knack for writing memorable talking animals. From Rikki Tikki Tavi to the Camel who got his hump, Kipling brought a host of amazing creatures to life across his literary career. Two of the most …

Trailer for Stephen Kings ‘11.22.63’ Adaptation Features James Franco

Trailer for Stephen Kings ‘11.22.63’ Adaptation Features James Franco

Stephen King has a rich history of film and TV adaptations. From the terrifying It to coming-of-age classic The Body, King’s work has made its mark on viewers and readers worldwide. Now, an all-star team including J.J. Abrams and James Franco are bringing his 2011 novel 11.22.63 to life. Check out the brand-new teaser trailer for this Hulu miniseries.  If you haven’t read King’s time-traveling thriller, it follows English teacher Jake Epping, who is sent back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Franco will play Epping and will be supported by other popular actors, including Chris Cooper, Lucy Fry, Sarah …

Princess Rap Battle Pits Hermione Against Katniss

Princess Rap Battle Pits Hermione Against Katniss

Two of the biggest female characters in YA fiction are inarguably witch Hermione Granger and tribute Katniss Everdeen. Hailing from the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series respectively, the two have been role models to millions of young readers in the 21st century. But what would it be like if they fought each other? We now have an answer, though in a different way than you might expect.  Princess Rap Battle, a parody of the ever-popular Epic Rap Battles of History series, takes heroines from both fiction and real life and puts them in rhyming duels. “Princess” series creator Whitney Avalon takes on the …

The Real Bear Behind Winnie-the-Pooh

The Real Bear Behind Winnie-the-Pooh

As unbelievable as it may sound, literature’s most famous talking bear is actually based off a real life bear. Back in 1914, 12 years before A.A. Milne published the first Winnie-the-Pooh book, veterinarian Harry Colebourn encountered a friendly baby bear in the woods and named her Winnie. Pictures have recently been uncovered of the duo’s extraordinary relationship, and they’re sure to get your day off to an adorable start.  After Colebourn adopted Winnie, she never left his side. When he enlisted in World War I, Colebourn brought Winnie with him to the army camps. She became fast friends with the rest of …

Have You Tried These Bookish Bars?

Have You Tried These Bookish Bars?

Want to put a literary spin on your next bar crawl? It may sound like a niche pipe dream, but more people than you might expect have wanted to mix books and booze. There are bars and restaurants all around the world that have drinks, food, and décor based on beloved books and writers. Here is a smorgasbord of establishments brimming with book love.  Onegin– New York, NY Courtesy of https://bit.ly/1kIAnCT Even though Russian restaurants aren’t uncommon in Manhattan, this vodka hangout themed around avant-garde author Alexander Pushkin is one of a kind. All of its wooden tables have original Pushkin handwriting …