You've no doubt seen the ads for Brad Pitt's latest film, World War Z, but did you know it was based on a book? If you didn't catch it in theatres, it will be all over in a few weeks with sites like www.DirectTVDeal.com and Netflix and Hulu and the like. However, before that happens, you should certainly read the book because it's quite a different experience.
Written by Max Brooks, World War Z is a collection of fake-historical accounts from a fictional zombie outbreak. Instead of you seeing the outbreak as it happens, you gain glimpses of it from the perspectives of those who survived. Where the film pretty much paints you a picture, you the reader are left to put it all together in your own head - making it as terrifying as you need it to be.
Another great thing that the book managed to pull off that the film simply couldn't was the themse of social commentary and survival. The United States suffers greatly from the outbreak, arguably more so than any other country and it's because of our current infrastructure and the lack of communication between the powers that be and the civilians.
World War Z is a dynamic and impressive read - a thinking man's Night of the Living Dead.
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is a great contender for the most addicting book series of modern literature. A favorite of younger readers and embraced by adults by the millions, this fantasy series offers a dazzling journey.
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" introduces readers to the young wizard who must overcome villains and tough situations. As he progresses through the seven-book series, he makes compelling friends and fights a host of interesting adversaries. Since he's a student at Hogwarts, he has to worry about combative instructors and magical homework as well.Confused? < a href='http://bethhenshaw.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/why-i-would-not-be-friends-with-harry-ron-or-hermione/'>Here 's a little help .
Characters such as the evil Lord Voldemort and the affable schoolmaster Dumbledore compel Harry to take on various challenges. Thankfully, he has a large supporting cast of able friends like Hermione and Ron to assist him during these struggles. Adults such as Snape and Sirius Black are shown as imperfect people who strive to help.
Magic spells and creatures like dragons and centaurs add delightful fantasy elements to the story. Instead of an ordinary world, young Harry operates in a place where the impossible occurs daily.
For all of these reasons and more, readers of all ages can agree that the Harry Potter series is tops.
Reading is a passion that many Americans love to pursue in their free time and it is an excellent means of educating yourself, but the genre described as "chic lit" can be considered sexist.
When hearing the phrase, "chic lit" most readers think of books that describe the dating, professional, and family lives of woman in a very stereotypical fashion. In fact, "chic lit" almost always follows a story line that depicts a woman's dating life as a disaster until she meets "Mr. Right", who appears, sweeps her off her feet, and marries her. "Chic lit" also portrays the men before "Mr. Right" as idiot males who cannot manage to carry on an unoffensive conversation during a date.
The "chic lit" genre is sexist toward both men and women. Not all women are in search of a man, and not all men are aggressive morons who should not be trusted with the delicate hearts of the women portrayed in the books. Gender stereotypes are always presented in the "chic lit" genre, and this type of thing must be avoided for society to evolve beyond thinking that men are incapable and that women are desperately seeking someone to save them from their single lives.
The buzz over the bestselling book "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James has shown no signs of ending. Daytime television talk shows, book reviews, and the general public have all raved over the steamy trilogy.
In "Fifty Shades of Grey", young and naive Anastasia Steele is introduced to handsome corporate mogul Christian Grey. It is soon revealed that Grey's sexual desires are dark and dangerous. Anastasia is lead into a new world of domination and must decide if she can handle an affair with Christian that may even lead to love.
The book and it's following two sequels have garnered so much attention that there is now a movie version in the works, with rumors swirling daily over who will produce and star in the film. While the movie is already slated to be in theaters by summer of 2014, actors have yet to be cast for the roles.
Among the actors mentioned for possible casting include Amber Benson and Alexis Bledel for the role of Anastasia, and Chace Crawford, and Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey.
With news and rumors spreading daily of the casting for the upcoming movie, "Fifty shades of Grey" is one of the most talked about books since the Twilight series.
Of all of the genres of fiction, science fiction is one of the most popular. Millions of readers around the world have thrilled to exciting stories of space travel, aliens, robots, time travel and many other ideas. For more than a century, science fiction writers have been entertaining readers with their stories, but there is more to science fiction than just entertainment. At its best, science fiction presents readers with thought-provoking questions about the world. What does it mean to be human? How will people live in the future? What would it be like if humanity encountered aliens?
One reason for the continuing appeal of science fiction is that the genre will never run out of ideas. As long as human civilization continues to change and progress, there will always be new material for science fiction. Every technological advance provides a new opportunity for a science fiction writer. Science fiction can be seen as an attempt to understand the rapidly changing world and provide readers with ideas about how best to adjust to these changes.
Of course, science fiction is not just about asking the big questions. For many readers, it is enough to become engrossed in a thrilling adventure, and science fiction novels are certainly capable of providing such thrills. As long as people want to be entertained, science fiction will prosper.
In the past, young adult fiction was defined as a combination of an easy to read children's book with the topics of adult interest, compiled into several chapters. However, not the definition of young adult fiction has been drastically changed. Young adult fiction is geared at adolescents 12-18 years of age. With the span of a decade, the genre is extremely complex and offers a wide variety of topics, subjects and styles of writing. These books have extremely different characteristics when compared to children's books or adult fiction. For example, YAF is usually written in the first person and have one or more of the following characteristics:
- limited characters
- universal setting
- short time span
- language of the time
- maximum of 250 pages
- problems that adolescents face
Authors like Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steel don't come along every day. Budding authors often wonder just how these two authors manage to write best sellers one after the other. The answer is that they give their readers what they want. Neither author's books are churned out just for mass production.
Nicholas Spark's books especially are meaningful and not just meant to entertain. Books like "A Walk to Remember" and "The Notebook" have touched millions of readers hearts with the messages they send. His books are on varied subjects and never fail to please making them cinches to hit the bestseller list before they are even sent to publication.
Danielle Steel is best known for her heartrending romance novels. While they are romantic, they are written in such a way that the romance is woven into a story line not just boy meets girl. Some of her bestselling novels such as "Heartbeat" and "Message From Nam" are perfect examples of weaving a complex story with a romantic twist.
Both of these authors cater to their readers and that is what makes them hit the bestseller list repeatedly. They don't write run of the mill novels, their novels have heartfelt meaning and the public loves it.
Mainstream Fiction - Is it Really "Literature?"
Mainstream fiction comprises various literary genres from science fiction to historical fiction. Literary fiction encompasses works that offer lasting visions, ideas and philosophy.
Real Literature - What Is It Really?
Literary fiction traditionally presents an idea or subject around which the author bases the plot of a story. The point or "issue" of plot is key to the central theme of literary fiction. Literary fiction often teaches a lesson or provokes a range of philosophical ideas. Mainstream fiction differs in that it is driven mainly by action without specific message, philosophy or proactive ideas.
As an example, Hemingway's For Whom The Bell Tolls depicts the poignancy of Spanish war and creates philosophical ideas that connect the characters and plot distinctly. Readers of Hemingway's novels extract various ideas and issues they can easily relate to life situations. Hemingway's readers expect to learn from his writing.
Mainstream fiction author, James Patterson, writes thriller novels that tell fictional stories based around fictional characters. His novels are read mainly for entertainment purposes.
Thus, the difference between real literature may be summed up by determining if mainstream fiction specifically entertains or drives readers to consider ideas and issues.
Bedtime routines for kids, usually consists of reading a wonderful book. Kids love to listen as their parents, or grandparents, read to them from their favorite storybook. Here are some of the best bedtime book for kids.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd:
Goodnight Moon, contains calming passages that encourage rest and relaxation. The context of the story is a little bunny saying goodnight to objects in his room. For example, he says "goodnight moon, goodnight spoon, goodnight cow jumping over the moon." It is a wonderfully relaxing book that children love.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss:
This classic children's story, written by one of the most famous children's authors of all time, is colorful and easy to read. It is a perfect book for children who are just learning to read. The colorful fish, that make up the book's characters, rhyme in Dr. Seusses usual fashion.
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney:
This perfectly adorable book, stars a Llama as the main character. He does not want to be separated from him Momma to sleep. However, the Llama's Momma tells him "I am always near, even if I am not right here." Written in rhyme throughout, this book is a fun read.
These are a few kids books that children are sure to love.