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The Brontë Sisters Would Have No Patience for This Sexist, Elitist, Pearl-Clutching Book Snob Claiming to Defend Their Legacy

So let's revel in the deliciousness.

How would Emily Brontë feel about a lover of books having a position of some authority in a literature society? And how would Brontë feel about a man bemoaning and belittling her position based on her appearance and career choices? This guy is right. We do all know the answer to that.

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Joyce Carol Oates Asks if Othello Works Without Him Being a Moor—Um…Nope

Joyce Carol Oates posed the idea on Twitter that the play "Othello" would work the same if the racial elements were removed and Othello being a moor was made irrelevant.

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8 Fantasy Series We Could Adapt Besides More Lord of the Rings

Amazon is going to use The Lord of the Rings series as their way to create their own Game of Throne-style series, by allowing themselves to explore the vast universe of Middle-Earth. While is this ... definitely a choice one could make, I find myself wondering why couldn't those millions of dollars have been used to create an adaption that was more—I don't know—obscure. Less known. Less already adapted into multiple massive blockbusters.

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Helpful Tip For Writing Diverse Characters—Try

At this point, it feels like the conversation about diversity in books should be a simple one. We need more of it because the majority of books being published by major publication houses are white and straight and that needs to chance. Done? Nope. A user from Twitter used the platform to let everyone know that she had a "hot take" on diversity.

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The #WhyIWrite Tag Is a (Mostly) Positive and Awesome Tribute to the Written Word

#WhyIWrite is part of National Day of Writing and authors, bloggers and all lovers of the written word have taken to Twitter to express what writing has meant for them.

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Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage Is Here and People are Loving it!

Back in February it was announced that Philip Pullman was working on a sequel/prequel series to his iconic His Dark Materials to much excitement and anticipation from readers. Well today, October 19th (also Pullman’s birthday) is the official release of La Belle Sauvage the first book in the Book of Dust trilogy.

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Mississippi School Pulls To Kill a Mockingbird Because it Makes Students “Uncomfortable”

Banned Books Week may have passed, but recently in Biloxi, Mississippi a public school pulled To Kill a Mockingbird from an eighth-grade reading list, according to The Washington Post. The School Board vice president, Kenny Holloway, gave a vague explanation to the Sun Herald, that “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable.” I’m going to use my best guess and assume that the language they are talking about is “the n-word.”

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Best Children’s Books For Your Hogwarts House, and Yes, Little Women Is Included

Wit Beyond Measure

We looked at some of our favorite children's books and decided which ones we thought best fit each house. Which would you have chosen?

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This Year’s Hugo Awards Honor Diverse Authors, Shrug Off Sad Internet Campaign

N.K. Jemisin took the award for "Best Novel" for The Fifth Season.

The 2016 Hugo Awards were announced last night at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO, and after an attempt by an online group to once again derail the list of winners it was made even more satisfying when all four Hugo fiction categories were awarded to women, with two of them being women of color.

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Disability in Kidlit and the Changing Landscape of Disabilities in Books: An Interview With Corinne Duyvis

Diversity in literature has become a big topic for discussion in recent years. There’s no denying we need more of it. Author Corinne Duyvis is one of the people working to promote diverse titles and change the way we read about the world through her books and the blog she co-founded Disability in Kidlit. Recently she spoke to us about the work she’s done, her writing, and her own experience with disabilities.

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Rebecca Solnit Takes on Male Literary Crybabies in “Men Explain Lolita to Me”

Rebecca Solnit knows all about mansplaining. After all, she's the one who coined the term in her now-classic 2008 essay "Men Explain Things to Me." It appears that since then, need for the term hasn't decreased at all. Men continue to explain why her opinions are wrong - treating their own tenuous opinions as fact - as she explains and illustrates in her recent essay, "Men Explain Lolita to Me."

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Female Novelist Learns How Far a Male Pen Name Can Take Her

Answer: very.

There is a gender bias in the publishing industry. Women's writing often gets talked about differently, reviewed differently (if at all), and the content judged differently than writing by men. Of course, publishing is only one industry in which unconscious bias about names based on gender or race exists, and there have been studies done to explore this in other industries. In the case of publishing, a female novelist by the name of Catherine Nichols decided to try an experiment.

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Female Sci-Fi Writers Nearly Sweep the 2015 Nebula Awards

Making Sad Puppies even more sad.... :(

We've been hearing a lot lately about the presence of women, or lack thereof, on various ballots in various sci-fi literary competitions, not the least of which are the Hugos. Well, so far - in spite of everything, women are well-represented among award winners this season!

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Dorkly Presents 13 Literary Characters Based On Real-Life Peeps

Bonus: Muggle Snape!

It makes sense that a highly-intelligent, determined bookworm like Hermione would be based on the High Witch of Writing herself, right?

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Why Are We Still Fighting About YA Lit?

It's more complicated than "read what you want."

Over the summer, Slate magazine's Ruth Graham ruffled some feathers by attacking the great guilty pleasure that is Young Adult Literature. The main thrust of the article involved Graham waggling her shame finger at the number of grown-ups who seemed to be stuck in Neverland—refusing to read "proper" novels in favor of the latest John Green tearfest or a dystopian sexy teen death duel.

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Things We Saw Today: New Star Wars Writer and Director Meet the Big Boss

Things We Saw Today

I feel comfortable that a Star Wars spinoff is in the hands of such dorks. (Collider)

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Things We Saw Today: Game Of Thrones “Guess Who?”

Things We Saw Today

If you're thinking "I would totally play that," guess what? You can. Free downloads await. (Vulture, via Nerd Approved)

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Gather ‘Round, Bibliophiles, For A Crash Course on Jane Eyre [Video]

This Exists... Because of A Lady

Reader, if you would enjoy nothing better than to spend an evening debating feminist themes in Victorian literature, then this is the video (and likely, the comment thread) for you. In this episode of Crash Course, host John Green picks apart Charlotte Brontë's masterwork, including her personal history, the plot of the novel, and the tip of the interpretive iceberg. Go make some popcorn.

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A Literary Dissection of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein [Video]

Aside from offering plenty of chewy goodness on the history and themes of one of the most influential novels ever written, this episode of Crash Course reaffirms my desire to make a giant chart of personal relationships between historical figures of note. Prior to this video, I was unaware that Mary Shelley's stepsister had an affair with Lord Byron (Ada Lovelace's father, for those keeping score). And I'm with John Green on this one -- Shelley could write a sentence like nobody's business.

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Famous Scenes From Literature, Done In LEGO

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

Waterstones, I’ve never had the chance to visit you—wrong country and all—but I love you. To coincide with the release of The Lego Movie, the UK bookstore recreated classic scenes from literature using LEGOs, then invited others to do the same and possibly win prizes. The Red Wedding loses some of its oomph when it's made of little plastic blocks. (via: The Huffington Post)

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