New Translation Of Grimm's Fairytales Restores The Gore And Horror

The first edition of the Brothers Grimms' tales, in 1812, featured such stories as "How the Children Played at Slaughtering." Over the next 50 years, each new printing was edited to make it more child-friendly and include more Christian references. But now, the first edition has finally been translated into English. » 11/12/14 10:40am 11/12/14 10:40am

A Tumblr Reveals the Starbucks Orders of Your Favorite Literary Figures

There's a Starbucks that sits at a place where the walls of space, time, and parallel universes is thin. It's where authors and fictional characters go to pick up their coffee. And, of course, it's a particularly entertaining tumblr thought up by two English majors and a history major. » 10/26/14 11:00pm 10/26/14 11:00pm

Why Are Many Of Today's Hottest Authors Writing Post-Apocalyptic Books?

If there was any doubt that post-apocalyptic fiction rules the book world, it was probably erased when Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven became a National Book Award finalist. But why do today's hottest writers write stories set after the end? We talked to Mandel and four other post-apocalyptic authors, to find… » 10/21/14 12:21pm 10/21/14 12:21pm

The Inspiration For Disney's Robin Hood Wasn't Actually Robin Hood

Andrew E. Larsen is an historian who specializes in Medieval England and blogs about pop culture and history at An Historian Goes to the Movies. In "Disney's Robin Hood: A Bit More Medieval Than You Might Think," Larsen explores the film's true inspiration, which wasn't Robin Hood but a different medieval tale. » 9/20/14 12:00pm 9/20/14 12:00pm

Read E.B. White's poignant explanation for writing Charlotte's Web

One of the greatest children's books ever written, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web is notable not just for its lovely prose but for its masterful handling of themes on death and dying. In a letter written to his editor a few weeks before the book's publication, White explains why a peculiar truth about farms makes them… » 3/08/14 11:55am 3/08/14 11:55am

Science Fiction Authors on Black History Month

"When there were people of color in these books, they were in the background, or they died quickly, or any number of other stereotypes. For the most part, they just weren't there. And in Octavia Butler's works, they not only were there, they were prominent; they were protagonists. The world looked like the world that… » 2/14/14 6:35pm 2/14/14 6:35pm

The Real Reason Why You Pass Judgment on Other People's Taste in Books

Of course, your own taste in reading material is beyond reproach — but those Twilight fans, they're just stuffing their brains with garbage. And meanwhile, those literary snobs are judging you for liking military science fiction, without even having read any. If this is you or someone you know, then you ought to read… » 2/11/14 6:00pm 2/11/14 6:00pm

Twelve quotes from authors to remember when starting your first book

When working on your first book, you're faced with an extremely daunting task. Regardless of whatever training or practice you've had in the past, it's still your first novel. At times it will be a highly enjoyable venture, but much of it will be excruciating. There are moments where you might want to throw in the… » 1/15/14 9:00am 1/15/14 9:00am

A Plea to Keep Libraries Alive

As a child I was irascible — easily bored, prone to tantrums, and always on edge. Luckily for my parents, they discovered a cure early on: books. We’d make weekly trips to the library, where I’d fill up a tote bag with as many books as it could hold. The bag was always so heavy that I’d have to schlep it over my… » 12/06/13 7:33pm 12/06/13 7:33pm

These Character Names Should be Banned Forever

So you're writing a vampire novel filled with interesting, dynamic characters. You've worked out the plot, and come up with an unexpected yet satisfying conclusion. Now you just have to give names to the characters that have been living in your head and you think you'll call this one . . . Lucy. No! Bad! There are… » 1/22/13 12:00pm 1/22/13 12:00pm

What are the worst pseudoscientific myths you ever learned from pop…

Anyone who has read adventure novels, especially from certain time periods, has picked up a few questionable pieces of "scientifically proven" information. The James Bond novels alone left me believing a couple of different myths (though not the one about homosexuals being unable to whistle). » 11/15/12 12:40pm 11/15/12 12:40pm