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  • [Movie still from The Personal History of David Copperfield, Searchlight Pictures]

    Dev Patel shot to fame thanks to the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, and since then, he’s starred in everything from action films to high drama to retirement comedy. Most recently, Patel has found himself at the center of casting controversy, thanks to his portrayal of David Copperfield. Many fans and critics applauded the decision to cast based on sheer charisma and talent, rather than race, but of course, a vocal minority was none too pleased about it.

    However, there’s no doubt that Patel’s role has changed the way we look at classic literary characters (hopefully for the better), opening up future adaptations as well. In honor of the film, we’re taking a look at some of his other literary roles.

  • Photo by Craig Adderley from Pexels

    We're calling the twins and doppelgängers in our lives and giving them book recommendations to order from their local independent bookstores – and to check out digitally from their library’s e-book collection. Here are some of our favorites!

  • Photo by Jonathan Borba from Pexels

     While we're at home, we decided to round up some of our past blog posts for easy access. Looking to exercise from the comfort of your house? Quarantine workouts coming your way!

  • Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

    If you're like us, you're using Zoom a lot these days—for work meetings, happy hours, and virtual hangs with friends and family. Video chats help us feel more connected when we're apart. (And we really miss our coworkers!) Besides seeing friendly faces, the best part about video chatting is changing the background. That got us thinking: what if we made Quirk-themed Zoom backgrounds featuring some of our titles? So we did. Go ahead and give your Zoom call a literary spin!

    To save the backgrounds, click the image to be taken to the file, and then right click and save. (Psst, when you use these on Zoom, the image will appear backwards for you because Zoom shows you your mirrored image. To everyone else, the image will appear normal!)

  • Photo by Jack Gittoes from Pexels

    One of our favorite shows of all time is back and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. We’re all stuck inside. And the vampires of What We Do in the Shadows are stuck inside their dark coffins during the day. And because it can’t always be easy to lay in a light-proof box – especially when you’re not the least bit tired – we’ve come up with some pretty excellent book recommendations to lull our favorite vampires to sleep at the end of a long night.

  • TV still from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    One of the most iconic TV shows to ever hit the air was the fantastic Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in the titular role. This show was by far one of the most popular shows of its time, spawning its own well received spin off in Angel, and of course a slew of comic books, all of which met with acclaim. Still, throughout the series, Buffy fought an ever reproducing cadre of no name vampire foes. Some eventually left the ranks of irrelevant to become famous in their own right like Spike and The Master, but who really remembers the names of the thousands dusted along the way? Perhaps it is time to consider the outcomes of a Buffy fight against some real tough vampire foes.

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