Did you know that languages die? That’s right, a language—that which a person uses to express themselves in numerous ways—can simply vanish from the earth. When we think of dead languages we might think of Latin or ancient Greek, or perhaps Middle English, languages that have been replaced with newer and more efficient modes of […]Read More Preservation and Exploration of Oral Literature: A Global Endeavor
Recently, I read and reviewed the children’s book How Roland Rolls. Written by famous actor Jim Carrey, the book is whimsical and holds a significant meaning. But what makes a good children’s book in today’s modern world? Not only do children’s book create fun stories through words, the illustrations help bring the stories to […]Read More Children’s Books- How to Make Them Successful
This summer, the website BookRiot published an article titled, “The Grisha Trilogy is the Successor to the Harry Potter Throne.” The article focuses on the Grisha Trilogy, but Harry Potter is definitely the hook. It’s a very bold statement, and got my attention. In the time of 2013 A.P. (After Potter), there has been a […]Read More And The Next Harry Potter Series Is…
The Austin Teen Book Festival, held September 28, was visited by approximately 4000 readers. Authors of popular young adult novels presented at panels, participated in trivia games, and discussed serious issues and topics addressed in the genre, while the event-goers flocked to hear their favorite author speak and searched through the stacks of new and […]Read More Fight the Villain, Get the Homecoming Date, and Pass Algebra: Why Young Adult Books are Popular
“The movie is never as good as the book,” has become almost an adage these days. This phrase is repeated every time a favorite novel is turned into a big-budget Hollywood movie. So why, then, do people flock to see the film if they know it won’t be as good as the book? In the […]Read More Why Do We Watch Film Adaptations of Favorite Books?
The “happily” in “happily ever after” can be a rare thing to find. But when I pick up a new fiction novel, I do not consider what the end of the book will be quite as much as I consider whether or not the journey of that novel will satisfy my thirst for a good, […]Read More And They Lived Ever After