Charles Dickens

Great Literary Christmas Tales That Aren’t ‘A Christmas Carol’

Charles Dickens has pretty much dominated the Christmas story game for the last 170 years as of this week, since that’s when his famous novella A Christmas Carol was released. To break that down: that’s 170 years of knowing you’re going to hear the story of Bob Crachet, Tiny Tim, the ghost of Jacob Marley, and, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge around this time of year. And even though A Christmas Carol might be the best example of mixing high literature with the festive season, Dickens certainly wasn’t the only writer that could write a beautiful Christmas scene. Here are a few other classic, yet underrated, Christmas tales in literature. … Read More

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20 Famous Authors as Dolls

How best to prove your adoration of a particular writer? Make a doll in their likeness, of course. Or if you’re a little less than crafty, buy one. Or, you know, just look at them on the Internet. This last bit you can accomplish right now. Yes, your favorite authors have been immortalized as everything from action figures to wooden works of art to paper dolls to LEGO figurines, and you’ll find 20 of them after the jump. As an added bonus, many of them are buyable, so if you’re still looking to fill your favorite bookish friend’s holiday stocking, look no further. But be prepared for them to think you’re slightly creepy. … Read More

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Ranking the Scrooges: Who Played the Iconic Charles Dickens Character Best?

‘Tis the season to watch multiple adaptations of the iconic 1843 Charles Dickens novella that gave us Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, and the character that defined greed to good, Ebenezer Scrooge. While there are other characters associated with Christmas that never go out of style (Frosty, Rudolph, Ralphie), the longevity of literature’s most famous miser is a testament not just to talent of one of the English language’s greatest writers, but also the many great actors who have taken on the challenge of playing this iconic role. And since Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and your local video store (if you still have one!) offer countless different versions of A Christmas Carol to choose from, we’ve helpfully narrowed it down to the five best.  … Read More

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50 Essential Novels for Foodies

‘Tis the season, as they say, to stuff your face. Thanksgiving, that hallowed day of highly caloric foods and oft-tempestuous family relations, is upon us. To celebrate — or just to escape the festivities for a while — why not nourish the foodie in you with some gourmand-friendly literature? Behold, a spread worthy of kings: 50 essential works of fiction to whet your appetite, and then satisfy it, and then satisfy it some… Read More

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13 of the Best Literary Quotes About Beer

Everybody knows that a beer and a good book go quite well together — including the authors of said books. Since it’s October, everyone’s favorite month for beer (books are good any month of the year), indulge in a few of literature’s greatest quotes about the frothy stuff — from grand pronouncements to so-detailed-you-can-taste-it descriptions of the perfect… Read More

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15 Famous Authors and Their Fashion Label Counterparts

Literature and fashion meet once again as Club Monaco has announced that its flagship retail location will host a bookstore when it opens up this week, leaving us to ponder: what are our favorite authors’ fashion-label counterparts? … Read More

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Then and Now: Photos of Real Places Mentioned in Fiction

Looking through Jane Austen’s England by Roy and Lesley Adkins, it’s difficult not to compare the way things were during England’s Georgian and Regency eras with the England of today. The book gives a glimpse at everything from wedding superstitions to the “Bloody Code” (the country’s system of laws and punishments from 1688 to 1815, including the 50 offenses that were punishable by death), which highlight how much has changed since the time of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. But what about the times and places that influenced other classic authors? More specifically, what do the real places mentioned in famous works of fiction look like now? … Read More

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These Are the Authors Flavorwire Staffers Irrationally Hate

Here at Flavorwire, we do our level best to engage in rational, reasoned, thoughtful criticism. But there are elements of our culture that are simply out of our analytical grasp: the films, music, authors, television shows, etc. that we hate with no reasonable explanation. Welcome to Irrational Hatred Week, in which your Flavorwire staffers share what we loathe in a variety of media, and do our best to figure out why. Today’s Irrational Hatred topic: authors. … Read More

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Clever Photoshopped Covers of Book Titles Missing a Letter

Meme humor typically has an incredibly brief life span, rocketing to the top of Twitter’s trending topics or scoring a spot on Tumblr’s Radar feature, then fading out of both sight and mind within a couple days, give or take a day. But Twitter user @darth, whose moniker/avatar suggests a firm association with the Weird Twitter scene, has taken the #bookswithalettermissing hashtag into his or her own hands, photoshopping hypothetical covers for the crowd-sourced book titles. Highlights include a skateboarder on the cover of Cormac McCarthy’s lost masterpiece The Rad and a genuinely cool mirror-image design for A Clockwork Range. Click through for more notable examples of hashtag humor developing into something beyond a tweet. … Read More

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The Books Flavorwire Staffers Read Too Early

Earlier this week, writer Matthue Roth published My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents, and Giant Bugs, a collection of Kafka stories re-told for children. This is a brilliant idea, since anyone exposed to Kafka at a young age is likely to grow up stranger and better — even if it’s only a form of Kafka. Here at the Flavorwire office, the book sparked a few conversations about age-appropriate reading, and more than one story about a great book read too early. Some of us still have the scars. After the jump, check out the literary regrets of a selection of staffers who read the classics much too early, and then let us know which non-age-appropriate read still haunts you in the comments. … Read More

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