I hate Catcher in the Rye: a novel about a privileged Upper East Side kid who doesn’t like exclusive prep schools and has a fun day at various hotels and ice skating rinks while figuring his relatively easy life out.
If you are the son of a billionaire hedge fund manager, then perhaps Catcher in the Rye is the perfect coming of age novel for you.
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Who hasn’t wished they could disappear into the novel they’re reading, or visit the world of their favorite film? People, it’s possible — at least sometimes. When we first heard that we were going to be able to visit a complete Hobbiton next year, we admit that the nerds in us got pretty excited. Not only that, but we started daydreaming about all our favorite fictional locales that we desperately wish we could visit. We’ve already given you a guide to mythical vacations, but now for something slightly more attainable: a list of fictional places you can actually visit in real life, whether because they’ve been created for the purpose or because they’ve actually existed all along. Click through to get a few ideas for your next vacation, and let us know which of these you’d most like to visit in the comments.
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As you’ve certainly heard by now, the wise, forward-thinking folks at NewSouth books are issuing a new edition of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Adventures of Tom Sawyer that helpfully replaces all instances of the word “nigger” with “slave,” because then racism never happened and people never used that word and we all live happily ever after THE END. According to publisher Suzanne La Rosa, this was borne out of the notion that “there was a market for a book in which the n-word was switched out for something less hurtful, less controversial.” And she’s right — that’s the trouble with words, always running around in books, being all hurtful and controversial. Change ’em out! Nothing fixes great literature like a little switcheroo.
This got us thinking — you know, there are so many banned books out there, and surely at least a few of them could benefit from this kind of ingenious use of the Find+Replace function. Here are just a few books that NewSouth and like-minded connoisseurs of great literature might want to consider “revising” for us.
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A well-written character can come to life outside the walls of his or her prescribed narrative. This was most recently the case with Mad Men’s Roger Sterling, whose fourth-season memoir Sterling Gold recently hit real shelves as Sterling Gold: Wit and Wisdom of an Ad Man, a time-traveling stocking-stuffer straight from the fictional mouth of the sharpest mind on mid-century Madison Avenue. Far from being the autobiography portrayed on the show, the slim volume is a collection of Sterling’s barbed witticisms (“When God closes a door, he opens a dress”), which are sure to sate Mad Men fans jonesing for sustenance between seasons.
The idea of a fake-memoir-turned-real-book got us thinking about tomes we wish our favorite literary characters — the ones who jump from the page and occupy a place in time and space — would write. Here’s a list of fantasy books we’d love to read by our favorite fictional personalities. Tell us in the comments section who else you’d like to read and what they’d likely write.
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Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mocking Bird, A Separate Piece, Great Expectations, 1984, The Red Badge of Courage, The Odyssey. Is your former high-school self weeping yet? The financial crisis has caused a new book to enter this esteemed rank of “books that we read as freshmen.” Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, is now being brought into the class room to stir the minds of the recession children.… Read More