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How do you deal with sharing difficult stories? Writer Meaghan Ford (pictured, via) recited a poem called “We Don’t Tell These Stories For Fun” at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.
The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring her performance and it has drawn more than 27,000 views. Click here to listen to another one of Ford’s pieces.
Neil Gaiman may be best known as an award-winning writer, but did you also know he sings?
The video embedded above features Gaiman’s original song, “I Google You.” Gaiman and his rocker wife Amanda Palmer performed it together during a recent one-night show in Florida.
Last Summer, Gaiman delivered two readings and his cover of the song “Psycho” on the Carnegie Hall stage. Click here to hear Gaiman’s rendition of that musical number. (via The Mary Sue)
All across the internet, comic book readers have expressed approval for the future Spider-Man movie coming from Marvel Entertainment. The person behind the Alex Luthor YouTube channel celebrated the news by creating a fan trailer.
The video embedded above features the renowned web-slinger and two of his most infamous villains, Venom and Carnage. The theatrical release date for the actual film adaptation has been scheduled for July 28, 2017.
Was William Shakespeare actually the writer that many believe him to be? The video embedded above features a four-minute lesson on whether or not the great English playwright actually wrote his plays.
Natalya St. Clair and Aaron Williams collaborated together as the educators for this project. Over at the TED-Ed website, writers can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources.
In the past, the TED-Ed team has created short animated films tackling subjects such as Shakespearean insults, dating tips from The Bard, and iambic pentameter. What’s your favorite Shakespearean play?
Who’s afraid of the big bad Frank Underwolf? The Sesame Street gang stars in a parody video inspired by the House of Cards Netflix series and the Three Little Pigs fable. We’ve embedded the hilarious clip above–what do you think?
In less than one week, the third season for House of Cards will be released in its entirety. Below, we’ve embedded the video with the second trailer for the show. Click here to watch the first trailer. (via The Washington Post)
What if Hermione Granger had been named The Chosen One? BuzzFeed has created a video (embedded above) called “If Hermione Were The Main Character In Harry Potter”—it has drawn more than 680,000 views on YouTube.
Many of the characters within the Harry Potter universe enjoy a fiercely loving loyal fan base including the sharp-tongued matriarch Molly Weasley, the surprisingly brave Neville Longbottom, and the greatly misunderstood Severus Snape. Who’s your favorite character from J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series?
Have you ever dealt with the issue of “no more bookshelf space grief“? The Homemade Game Guru YouTube channel offers instructions for how to put together an “Avengers Age of Ultron Emblem/Logo Bookcase.” If you want to make this craft project, watch the video tutorial embedded above. What do you think?
How do you handle making difficult confessions? Writer Sean Patrick Mulroy (pictured, via) recited a piece called “Letter to a New Crush” at the 2014 National Poetry Slam.
The Button Poetry YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Mulroy’s performance and it has drawn more than 38,000 views. Click here to check out more poetry pieces written by Mulroy.
Can reading be considered an act of bravery? Photographer Laura Boushnak delivered a talk at TEDGlobal 2014 about the women featured in her ongoing “I Read, I Write” series.
According to the TED blog, this photography project shines the spotlight on Arab women who live in parts of the world where they are discouraged from becoming literate or educated. Throughout her presentation, Boushnak shared pictures and quotes from her subjects.
We’ve embedded the full talk in the video above. For more talks, the TED organization has created a playlist that feature master storytellers called \"How to Tell a Story.\"
Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift idea? The Epic Reads team offers a DIY solution with the “How To Make a Heart Bookmark” tutorial. The video embedded above features all of the instructions to make this craft. For more literary gift options, check out this list of “16 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts For Book Nerds” from BuzzFeed.
What does it take to create a book sculpture? In a presentation delivered at TEDYouth 2014 (embedded above), artist Brian Dettmer talks about the creative process to transform old encyclopedias into modern art pieces.
To work on his projects, Dettmer keeps a supply of X-Acto knives, tweezers and surgical devices in his tool box. He makes it his mission to discover and develop new meanings for each book.
Here’s more from the TED blog: “Like a DJ, he remixes the knowledge found inside. Like an archeologist, he excavates the potential of their wisdom. He believes that the book will never die, but will and must adapt to hold its place in the new digital information age.”
Have you ever felt a little lost while reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings? The team behind the C.G.P. Grey YouTube channel has created two videos about this beloved book trilogy.
Part one (embedded below) contains a general overview about the mythology behind this epic story. Part two (embedded above) offers an explanation about the all powerful “one ring.”
Fair warning, viewers may encounter spoilers so proceed with caution. What is your favorite fantasy novel? (via Fast Company)
A new Insurgent trailer has been unveiled on Facebook. The post has drawn more than 49,000 “likes.”
The video embedded above reveals scenes with Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, and Octavia Spencer. Click on these links to watch the teaser trailer and the first trailer.
Who’s your favorite character in the Harry Potter series? The video embedded above, created by YouTube user kcawesome13, shines the spotlight on Professor Severus Snape. It features his most prominent scenes from “the Harry Potter film series in chronological order.” SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read J.K. Rowling’s beloved children’s books series, you should not watch this piece! (via BuzzFeed)
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When actress Lena Dunham started talking in the news about how she wanted to turn Catherine Called Birdy into a film, I was intrigued. And apparently she’s not a fly-by-night children’s book lover either. All her tattoos are children’s literature inspired. Hearing this I figured she’d have the usual suspects. Eloise, sure. And she does have some normal ones like Ferdinand the bull and Olivia. But then she starts talking about her Little Golden Book tat (for Pals). The kicker, however, is the Fair Weather by Richard Peck tattoo. I think I’m safe in saying that this may well be the only Fair Weather tattoo in the history of the world. Now she’s created a documentary on Hilary Knight called It’s Me, Hilary. Some additional info:
Thanks to Michael Patrick Hearn for the link.
And now a lovely little video in tribute of my workplace. I do love that main branch. It would be awfully nice if a video like this was made of each of the branches as well. We have 86+ but boy would it be cool.
The art of the book trailer, and I would call it an art, requires a certain level of absurdity. After all, we’re talking about a video medium celebrating a literary one (by extension, my Video Sunday series is a regular exercise in peculiarity). So when a trailer comes along that is purposefully absurd and sets the correct tone (music, voiceover, visuals, etc.) it is worth highlighting. Behold Night Circus by Etienne Delessert. It works, man. It works.
Night Circus from ZauberGuitarre on Vimeo.
Full credit to Travis Jonker for locating this next one. In case you missed it, it’s Dr. Seuss and how he created Green Eggs and Ham.
And while it’s not really off-topic, let’s just end with a cheery video of Lori Prince and I reacting to Yuyi Morales’ Pura Belpre win. This is pretty typical for both of us, I’d say.
Reacting to the ALA Youth Media Awards from School Library Journal on Vimeo.
College student Rene Sharanya Verma has crafted a poem called to criticize the misogynistic ways of rapper Yo! Yo! Honey Singh. Verma sat for an interview with BBC News and revealed that her “aim was to challenge the culture that rationalises the narratives of sexual violence, misogyny, patriarchy and lack of women’s consent. And I wanted to do it in the same style as Honey Singh’s.”
The Huffington Post reports that Verma’s piece tackles “everything from cliched ’36-24-36′ female figures to ‘rhyming with boob.'” The Delhi Poetry Slam YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Verma’s recitation of “Open Letter to Honey Singh.” It has since drawn more than 1.3 million views—what do you think?
Have you ever wanted to say “thank you” to one of your favorite fictional heroes? Artist and TED speaker Hetain Patel created a life-size fiberglass statue of Spider-Man called “Letter to Peter Parker.” According to the TED ideas website, Patel wrote words of gratitude directly on the figure.
The video embedded above features a time-lapse of Patel’s creative process. The art piece is currently being showcased at Patel’s multimedia exhibition, \"The Other Suit,\" at the Chatterjee & Lal gallery in India. What do you think?
BBC One has unleashed the first trailer for A Casual Vacancy. The video embedded above offers glimpses of the forthcoming drama miniseries.
The premiere episode of this adaptation project, based on J.K. Rowling’s 2012 adult novel, will air in the United Kingdom on February 15th; no United States release date has been announced as-of-yet. Click here to watch an addditional clip. (via POPSUGAR)
A new trailer has been unleashed for The Duff film. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Bella Thorne as Madison, Robbie Amell as Wesley, and Mae Whitman in the titular role.
Author Kody Keplinger made her authorial debut with this young adult novel back in September 2010. CBS Films has scheduled the movie release date for February 2015.
A new trailer has been unveiled for the Insurgent film adaptation. Deadline reports that this trailer for “the Summit Entertainment sequel will be one of the Hollywood studio ads showing during the Super Bowl this weekend.”
The video embedded above offers glimpses of Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet reprising their roles as Beatrice “Tris” Prior and Jeanine Matthews. The movie c
A book trailer for Dear White People: A Guide to Inter-Racial Harmony in a “Post-Racial” America has been unveiled. The video embedded above has drawn more than 38,000 views on Facebook—what do you think?
This project was inspired by the 2014 crowdfunded film which shares the same title. Justin Simien, the director and screenwriter behind the movie, wrote the book and Ian O’Phelan created the illustrations.
Google has created an animated Doodle to celebrate Langston Hughes’ 113th birthday. The image pays homage to the famed African-American writer’s poem “I Dream a World.” The video embedded above features music from the Boston Typewriter Orchestra.
In the past, Google has crafted Doodles in honor of Pride & Prejudice author Jane Austen, And Then There Were None author, Where the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak, science-fiction novelist Douglas Adams, and more. Here’s a video from Google headquarters spotlighting the artists behind the doodles. Which authors would you suggest as future Doodle subjects? (via The Independent)
William Shakespeare has become well-known for his use of iambic pentameter. The TED-Ed team created a video on “why Shakespeare loved iambic pentameter.” We’ve embedded the animated video above—what do you think? For more writing advice, check out our post with “TED-Ed Lessons For Writers to Kick Off 2015.”
Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele made an appearance during Super Bowl Sunday. Universal unleashed a new TV spot for the forthcoming film adaptation last night.
The video embedded above features several interesting statistics: over 100 million books sold, more than 250 million views for a past trailer, and countless fantasies provoked. The movie will hit theaters on February 13th.
All throughout this week, the TODAY show will air never-before-scene clips from the movie. Click here to watch the first one that was aired this morning.
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An official trailer has been unveiled for a film adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Paul Giamatti as Monsieur Homais, Ezra Miller as Leon Dupuis, and Mia Wasikowska as the titular protagonist.
According to Digital Spy, the story “centres around a young doctor’s wife who finds herself dissatisfied with her life in provincial France.” Click here to download a free eBook edition of Flaubert’s 1857 novel. (via POPSUGAR)