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Books, movies, music… the media. They influence and mimic (and steal from) one another, resulting in a rich network of ideas and entertainment.
At eNotes, we are unabashedly biased toward the written word (#BookNerdPride), and become giddy when books are the source of motion pictures or other modern cultural benchmarks. While bopping my head to some Lana Del Rey last week, “hey, Lolita, heyyyy” blasted through my headphones; I became curious about other modern songs with bookish Easter eggs. A bit of
Wikipedia studious research later, and I was pleasantly surprised with all the hit songs with literary inspirations. Continue Reading ›
Back-to school is upon us and, for many students, entering/returning to high school can be an intimidating and overwhelming situation. But the reality is, it’s a place where we spend four vital years learning, making new friends, and finding ourself. As a high-school graduate in 2012, I have some fresh perspective so you can make sure your high school years are nothing short of rewarding, stress-free, and memorable. Continue Reading ›
Beloved books turned film are probably one of the biggest cornerstones of today’s cultural foundation (Harry Potter, Twilight, Fault in Our Stars…must I go on?). This coupling allows fans to extend their fanaticism from the pages to the big screen.
But sometimes we, er, forget the main points, characters, and themes of the book…and suddenly it’s opening night. The read-a-thon we planned got pushed to the side (probably by a Netflix marathon, oops) and we could simply use a refresher. Luckily, we have just the refresher you need on the top eight 2015 movies-inspired-by-books with eNotes book summaries. Continue Reading ›
Fellow literature lovers, take a small sigh of Scout Finch-deprived relief.
We’ve all been holding our breath since Harper Lee’s announcement of Go Set a Watchman early February. This book comes more than 50 years after everyone’s favorite English class novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee’s second novel is scheduled for release July 14, and the first chapter (excerpt below) has been published, alongside beautiful animations, on The Guardian.
Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car window with a delight almost physical. Over her breakfast coffee, she watched the last of Georgia’s hills recede and the red earth appear, and with it tin-roofed houses set in the middle of swept yards, and in the yards the inevitable verbena grew, surrounded by whitewashed tires. She grinned when she saw her first TV antenna atop an unpainted Negro house; as they multiplied, her joy rose.
Pre-order the novel, $15.95 for hardcover or $13.99 for Kindle, on Amazon.
I’m a character-driven reader: it’s the characters that suck me into the plot and make me want to keep turning the pages. I especially love finding characters who resemble me in some way, from hair texture to musical inclinations. But what happens when you almost never see a key component of your identity mirrored in the characters you love?
I identify as bisexual, and I want to know where the queer characters are in mainstream literature.
To be clear, I’m not talking about the characters you find in the LGBTQ+ section of the bookstore. I hate browsing in that section and feeling that I have to seek out these characters, and that when I do their narratives are only focused on their sexual orientation or gender identity. I just want queer characters to exist organically in the books read by the mainstream public. Continue Reading ›