Browsing: Literature

This list was originally written December, 2012. With the final Hobbit movie being released (December 2014), we are promoting it one more time.  Once again, with the upcoming movie The Hobbit just around the corner, I thought I’d continue my celebrating. In case you have forgotten or didn’t know in the first place, I wrote a…

You’ll find them in almost every shop and of varying shapes and sizes, but, at times, the humble notebook has actually played an important part in history. From influencing philosophical thought to illuminating the theory behind The Origin of Species, these examples will show you how important a little copy for keeping records in can…

Mermaids were often depicted as beautiful innocent women who married human men, or evil sea monsters who lured men into the depths of the sea. These ten mermaids, sea nymphs, and sea goddesses come from various legends, cultures, and traditions. 10. Melusine In an old French tale, Melusine, a creature with a fish or water…

Memoirs usually focus on a specific time period in someone’s life, but even during this short window an author can go through transformational, life-changing events. The common denominator of these memorable memoirs is that you can imagine yourself in their story. 10. The Horse Boy The Horse Boy is about a father who takes his…

Horror writers are surrounded by mystique—fans tend to view their favorites as dark, troubled or just plain weird people whose brains take them to strange places the rest of us could never dream of. But on some level we know that they’re regular people with bills, chores and hobbies just like the rest of us.…

You may have heard of Christopher Paolini, who started his bestselling fantasy series, Inheritance, when he was 15. But when we went looking for the youngest authors ever, we found some astonishing younger examples. We’ve restricted this list to traditionally published novels for simplicity, and while it’s near-impossible not to miss someone, we think the authors we did…

Whether they were real or legends, stories about sea monsters have always captured our imagination. For centuries, folks from around the world have revered the seas and rivers as primary sources of food and water. But in their traditions, they’ve often referred to them as places where horrifying monsters lurk for their next victims. 10.…

Myths and legends are the cornerstones of civilizations. They are stories passed down from generation to generation as a way to share knowledge as well as impart important lessons of survival. Legends and myths helped mold the modern consciousness of man, but they are not always a good source of truth, merely a fictional account.…

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