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Film: Ratatouille – This is one of Pixar’s, in my opinion, best films. The narrator is a true underdog (or would that be underrat?) and his story of self-discovery is an enjoyable watch.
Fantasy Novelizer: Neil Gaiman. His tongue-in-cheek humor and ability to make the terrifically odd seem absolutely commonplace would be essential to successfully writing this novel. And, if it already IS a novel, I would STILL want to read Gaiman’s version based on the film.
By Daniel Down on Movies That Should Be Books
Gone are the days of what you would consider the “cultivated” reader, when only the upper classes were fit to be educated and society was a rigid body to push against and everybody knew their place. Plus, also, his critique is kind of gutless in that he starts off by dissing contemporary novels, going so far as to say that his “well-read wag” friends (of course) don’t even have any. But, then instead of actually hammering any novelists by name he trots out the tired attacks against our culture and attention spans and television sets and cyberspace and blah, blah, blah.
By Sprocketscientist on Critical Linking: March 2, 2012
“I may be admitting to something bad about myself here, but I always thought I was too cool for these books – my grandparents liked them, for one. And they have a sort of square post-war mainstream button-down vibe, like watching Disney nature documentaries or Murder, She Wrote. You know, they’re not ‘edgy’ or ‘dark’ or ‘counter-culture.’ (I could be completely wrong about that, of course.) I’d love to take a closer look, but 1000 pages is kind of a big commitment for what payoff I might get.”
By Grebmar on Does Anyone Still Read Leon Uris or James Michener?
The first book that made me cry was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. My mom had been reading to me and abruptly stopped before the scene where Aslan allows himself to be sacrificed. So I decided to finish reading it to myself. I remember being heart-broken, just completely wrecked, not only that this horrible thing had happened, but that no one had said anything to protect me from it. How could my parents have not warned me about this? I went downstairs nearly inarticulate I was sobbing so hard. To this day I am amazed that my parents didn’t give *anything* away. They didn’t say, “Oh, it’ll be okay, you just have to read a little more.” They hugged me and comforted me and then I finally sniveled my way back upstairs and kept reading. And was blown away by what happened next . . .
By Kaherndon on The Well-Readheads: On Tearjerkers
Dr. Seuss. Feed consisting of Seuss tweeting about everyday mundane things, only with a silly Seuss word play. “This traffic today is so horribly slow. Not moving a hair, why can’t we just go,go GO!”
By CardinalIron on Top 5 Fake Twitter Feeds I Wish Existed