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6 TV Shows That Are Actually Books (& Why You Should Probably Read Them)

Tyrion approves of your plans to do some reading.

Book adaptations are wonderful things. Seeing our favorite characters and settings come to life is a rare occurrence. However, there is a certain charm and authenticity in the written word, which is why you should probably pick up the original books if you watch any of the following TV shows.

Ten Fictional Characters Inspired by Real People

Despite being fictional, literary characters are near and dear to our hearts. But sometimes, those fictional characters turn out to not be so fictional after all. Yes, even famous whales and grumpy Potions professors have ties to living, breathing things. It's art imitating life in the most literal sense. Or rather, art stealing bits of life. Here are ten incredible examples.

Literary References in Pop Songs, Ranked in Descending Order of Laziness

The quality of songwriting is something of a Catch-22*. As record-store owner Rob muses in High Fidelity (the movie version): “Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?”

You could say the same thing of allusions to famous works of literature in pop music: are they bad because the song itself is dumb, or is the song dumb because it’s got a hamfisted reference to Nabokov wedged in there? You be the judge. Here are six of the best/worst songs written by people who have clearly read at least one book and want you to know about it, dammit.

*I mean, I assume. I haven’t actually read it, but I wanted to make a book reference in the lede for this post about people throwing around casual literary namechecks, so IPSO FACTO

10 OTPs To Ship Forever And Always

OTP: “One True Pairing.”

Ship: To endorse a romantic relationship.

Now that you know what I’m talking about, here are ten random ships that are truly meant to be together.

WhoTube: The Best Doctor Who Mashups

When we’re feeling down and need a pick me up we usually head over to YouTube to look at cat videos.  We found something equally as awesome.  If you’re a Whovian we’re sure you’ve seen these videos floating around cyber space.  We’re talking about fan made YouTube Doctor Who Mashups—and boy are they amazing!

We know the Doctor Who universe is much bigger than what we see on the show.  Thanks to YouTube, fans have taken it upon themselves to make some pretty interesting videos.  These are much more than fan fiction.  They’re a way for fans to give back to the franchise they love so much.  

Ben H. Winters Wins the Philip K. Dick Award for Countdown City!

We are still beyond thrilled that Countdown City by Ben H. Winters won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished original science fiction paperback—and now we've got pictures! Thanks to our pals at GeekyLibrary for snapping these. More under the jump!


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