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McSweeney’s Story Turned Video Game Animation: VIDEO

Animator Jesse Benjamin has created a cartoon adaptation of Mike Lacher‘s piece “In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero,” which was featured in The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

H. Jon Benjamin of Bob’s Burgers fame is the voice in this early video game style animation. Paul Sprangers created the music.

We’ve embedded the video above for you to enjoy.

John Green Appears On ‘Teens React’ YouTube Series

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Benny and Rafi Fine, the creators of TheFineBros YouTube channel, taped an episode of “Teens React” featuring The Fault in Our Stars movie trailer (embedded above).

During the question time segment, young adult novelist John Green made a surprise appearance via video chat. During his conversation with one of the teens, Green revealed that he has seen the film in its entirety and he feels it is a faithful adaptation. What do you think?

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Summit Entertainment Unveils ‘Divergent’ Clip

Summit Entertainment has released a new clip from the Divergent movie adaptation.

The video clip (embedded above) features an intense conversation between Shailene Woodley as hero Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior and Kate Winslet as villain Jeanine Matthews.

According to Indiewire, this movie is set to hit theaters on March 21st. Follow this link to see more footage from the film. What do you think?

Sesame Street Parodies ‘Les Miserables’

The Sesame Street gang stars in a parody of the Les Miserables film adaptation called “Les Mousserables.”

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?

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DisneyShorts YouTube Channel Features the ‘Gutenberg’ Stop Motion Short

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?

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VIDEO: Hank Green Rants About Books

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?

Viral Video Features a Man Who Wants ‘Girls Who Read’

Are you spending Valentine’s Day with a bibliophile? For one man, he wants a girl “with passion, wit, and dreams… So I want a girl who reads.”

The video embedded above features a recitation of a poem called “Girls Who Read.” Roundhouse, a London-based art studio, uploaded the video onto their YouTube channel. Back in November 2013, the video went viral drawing more than 3 million views.

Poet Mark Grist created the poem and performed the reading featured in this video. Filmmaker Guy Larsen served as the director. Larsen wrote two blog posts showcasing behind-the-scenes photos. What do you think?

Can William Shakespeare Help You Land a Date?

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?

Audiobooks Read By You: VIDEO


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 Do Writers Create Fictional Worlds?

“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.

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