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, [….]

YA Books That May or May Not Be YA

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For the past fifteen years or so, Young Adult fiction has surged in both popularity and substance. Long gone are the Sweet Valley Highs and Nancy Drews of the genre. Instead, addiction, mythical, feminist heroes and unrelenting poetic voice has been ushered into the pages of novels targeted at teens. Sure, these are books intended [….]

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 [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe: Whence Cometh My Help

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I would love to write a novel.  Not (necessarily) the Next Great American Novel, but something substantial, something tangible, something I can hold in my hands and say, “This is mine!”, something of which I can be selfish and proud.  A short story would work, too, or a novella, but A Novel is the pinnacle [….]

10 Creative People Who Initially Failed

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Here at LitStack, we enjoy discussing those individuals who, by their persistence, became successful. These folks traveled bumpy roads, some even coming close to giving up, but eventually, through hard work and an absolute refusal to quit, made their dreams a reality. From legendary actors, to genius inventors, the following simply refused quit. We hope [….]

JK Rowling On ‘The Daily Show’

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As part of her Casual Vacancy tour, and just prior to her speaking engagement in New York City, JK Rowling stopped by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The Huffington Post reported that during the interview, Rowling and Stewart “shared a 15-minute conversation about everything from Star Wars to the British welfare system – and [….]

Next J.K. Rowling Book Will Likely Be For Kids

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From The Huffington Post:  Most critics were underwhelmed by The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s first foray into literary realism for adults. In a web chat hosted by Scholastic (the American publisher of the Harry Potter series), she announced that her next book will likely be for young readers. According to GalleyCat, she told over a [….]

Is Pottermore Expanding?

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Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne closed out the Publishers Launch Conference with a bang, indicating that “Pottermore is a digital publishing business” and part his road map for the next 12 months is to “work with other brands” from publishing. “We’ve started working brands, and indeed with publishers, trying to identify digital strategies that fulfill the [….]

Rowling Rollout

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From Sarah Weinman, Source Two weekend profiles of JK Rowling prepared the ground for Thursday’s release of THE CASUAL VACANCY, offering details on the book as well as the process that has guarded both the author and the book’s contents. Rowling told the Guardian, which ran their piece on Saturday, she dreamed up the idea [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Top Five Must Reads

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  It’s a difficult task, narrowing down the novels that have impacted your life into a small, somewhat abstract list. For many of us, reading a novel, a well written novel, is more than a task set to those merely interested in reading a good book. The novels in this week’s picks are stories so [….]