Summit Entertainment has released a new clip from the Divergent movie adaptation.
Cookie Monster plays Jean Bon-Bon; he and his friends sing hilarious versions of “Look Down,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” and “One Day More.” We’ve embedded the short film above–what do you think?
If the pages of a book were to come alive, what would happen? One animator, Amalie Vilmar, tried to answer that question with his stop-motion short film “Gutenberg.”
For Vilmar, a “world of mysterious creativity emerges from the pages of a book.” We’ve embedded the full short film above–what do you think?
Hank Green, brother to The Fault in Our Stars novelist John Green and one half of the creators behind the Vlogbrothers YouTube Channel, has created a video called “Ranting about Books.”
In the video embedded above, Green shares his complaints on the way books are being published. Some of his gripes include:
- Sharing spoilers on the jacket flap copy.
- Not explicitly printing the series title for books that belong in a series.
- Book covers featuring “decapitated YA fiction ladies.”
What do you think? Do you share the same grievances?
Need help with landing a Valentine’s Day date for tomorrow? The animated video embedded above features a two-minute TED-Ed lesson with dating tips courtesy of William Shakespeare.
Language expert Anthony John Peters took on the role of educator. He ”explains why Shakespeare’s coy use of metaphor was so effective — and may just help you get a date today.”
Linguistics fans can visit the TED Ed website to access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources. Over at BuzzFeed, check out a list of literary valentines and a list of literary quotes to write inside cards. What are your favorite literary-themed pick up lines?
Thingstarter, a popular Kickstarter parody series from online comedy video network Above Average, has created a humorous video about audiobooks. The video is called ‘Audiobooks Read By You,’ and is a mock commercial for a service that lets you record audiobooks in your own voice. We’ve embedded the video above for your entertainment.
“How can human-made squiggles on a page reflect lights into our eyes that sends signals to our brains that we logically and emotionally decode as complex narratives?”
The animated video embedded above features a five-minute TED-Ed lesson with tips on how to build fictional worlds in stories. Kate Messner, a children’s books author and a speaker at the TED 2012 conference, served as the educator who crafted this lecture.
Has the world been taken over with “English mania?
Back in 2009, entrepreneur Jay Walker gave a TED talk about “why two billion people around the world are trying to learn English.” Arabic language advocate Suzanne Talhouk argues that regardless of this worldwide trend, no culture should “kill” its own language.
We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above. According to the TED blog, this presentation “becomes the first talk in Arabic featured on TED.com.” What do you think?
Do you need a boost of inspiration for 2014? We’ve compiled a list of five videos featuring writers who have given TED talks throughout the past year.
Our list includes That Summer in Paris author Abha Dawesar, David & Goliath author Malcolm Gladwell, Blooming Twig Books editor-in-chief Kent Gustavson, Video Night in Kathmandu novelist Pico Iyer, and Macmillan CEO John Sargent.
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