LitStaff Picks: Our Favorite Literary Bastards

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Some characters just aren’t nice. But, that, we feel, is sort of the point. In a well written novel, there should be characters you love to hate. These aren’t necessarily meant to be the characters that are truly evil, or the ultimate villains. There are some characters that titillate the reading palate with their cynicism, [….]

LitStack Pick: The Lines We Wish We’d Written

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I have a favorite line, several in fact, that have become a part of my subconscious. Sometimes, I spit them out as advice, so often, in fact, that I forget where I read them. 124 was spiteful. That’s a favorite and it’s Toni Morrison. Like Stephen King, mentioned below, Morrison’s succulent opening line is a [….]

LitStaff Pick:Supporting (or Secondary) Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book

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There’s nothing quite like a great character. These are the fictional folks who leave indelible impressions on readers. They are the folks we root for. And, many times, they aren’t always the hero. In many respects, great secondary characters are more beloved than the main character. After all, what would Harry Potter be without Luna [….]

Douglas Adams’ Animated History of the Book

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In the early 1990s, the Voyager Company looked into creating “Expanded Books,” digital books that would offer an enhanced onscreen reading experience. Appropriately, one of the titles they converted into an expanded books was a series that revolves around a digital book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Douglas Adams recorded a promo on [….]