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Top 20 Most Famous Love Stories in History and Literature/ Literary Valentines: The 10 Worst Lovers In Literature

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Katelyn Rogers‘s insight:

Today, masses around the world are reminded to contemplate their love lives.  As St. Valentine spreads hallmarked hearts across the country, regardless of whether you are blissful or in pain, we at LitCouture would like to remind you of one great love that has never left your side and you have hopefully never forgotten, literature.

Before you buy that new romance novel and download it to your IPad, think about that love-worn book on your shelf about to fall apart because you have read it so often.  Take comfort in what you love and make a few more creases in its pages.

We at LitCouture leave you with a few literary love stories.  But since there are two sides to every story, a list of the worst lovers in literature has been added for your viewing pleasure.

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Presenting the 10 worst lovers in literature, scummy dudes and dudettes who make Valentine’s Day–and every day–a nightmare.

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The Most Beautiful College Libraries: The University of Chicago’s Harper Memorial Library

Opened in 1912, UChicago’s Harper Memorial Library is more than just a library–it features study space, classrooms, and administrative offices. It functions as the heart of the university and after celebrating its centennial, still stands regally .

The Most Beautiful College Libraries: Harvard University’s Widener Library

Harvard’s Widener Library is the centerpiece of the university’s book collection, the largest university library system in the world, with over 15 million volumes. It was opened in 1915 and has even been referenced in a Weezer song.

The Most Beautiful College Libraries: Yale University’s Beinecke Library

Displaying Yale’s collection of rare books and manuscripts, Beinecke Library was built in 1963 and is open to the public. Its centerpiece is a six-story stack of valuable books.

The Most Beautiful College Libraries: Vassar College’s Thompson Memorial Library

Originally a single room when Vassar opened in 1865, the Thompson Memorial Library was most recently renovated in the early 2000s and is the home of a million volumes.

The Most Beautiful College Libraries: Dartmouth College’s Sanborn Library

Dartmouth’s Sanborn Library houses the school’s English department, hosts afternoon tea for students and faculty, and is a hot campus study spot. It was completed in 1929. (If you visit Sanborn, you are likely to find English Majors Unite contributor and Dartmouth sophomore Michael Riordan inside, either hard at work or fast asleep.)

Do E-Book Readers More than Book Readers?

Do you want to know more about the rising e-book business? Who actually uses their kindle? Check out this neat infographic to learn more about reading trends. The results may surprise you!

 

Featured Pinterest: Love of Books

This weeks board comes from what appears to be a fashionista’s mind. Mimi B’s Love of Books board finds its home among other boards about the latest fashion trends and elegant house decorations. This theme translates over to her selection of book related pins. She has a large amount of pictures of physical locations that all relate back to a book. For example, she gives her followers a picture of Yorkshire, explaining it with a quote from one of her favorite books, One Day by David Nicholls.

There are a number of One Day related pins, such as different versions of book covers and quotes from the book. She does this for other books, too, such as A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Leaving the Comfort Cafe by Dawn DeAnna Wilson and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson, among others.

Unlike the other boards, Mimi gives her followers a more comprehensive collection of bookish images. She doesn’t just show the cover of her favorite book, but she shows photographed quotes and pictures of the settings and anything else she can find. This ekphrastic quality is added on to by her fashion taste in her other boards, and is part of the reason why this particular board jumped out to us.

Like most bookish boards we stumble upon, Mimi showcases some beautiful literary gems. She finds items that are a must-have in the home of any book lover. For all of you flapper-aged souls:

Some of the quotes she finds are also worth a mention. There are an assortment of chuck-worthy someecards and relatable bookfession posts. There are even items such as mugs and bookmarks with quotes on them. They’re all worth a good laugh, and maybe even a sigh of frustration for wanting to buy something you know you don’t need (but won’t it look beautiful in your bookshelf?) My personal favorite quote:

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

Overall, this board brought us a refreshing amount of variety. Though it is certainly bookish, it isn’t completely fixated on book images alone. It showed us new sites, kind of like a really good book can do. But that isn’t to say that it lacked the simple yet classic bookish pictures. They may not be as exciting as some of the other finds, like those Gatsby cigarettes, but these images are priceless.

From Page to Screen: Upcoming Movie Adaptations from Famous Filmmakers

As the film year comes to a close and Oscar season heats up, we have our eyes set on three movie adaptations of popular books that will soon arrive in American theaters.

First, scheduled to come out on November 16 is Joe Wright’s (director of AtonementPride & Prejudice) adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley in the title role.

The film looks visually stunning, and with Wright’s pedigree, it should be good. Trailer.

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On November 21, Oscar contender Life of Pi, directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee (director of Brokeback MountainCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), is set to be released. The novel sounds practically unfilmable:

Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck, while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with aBengal tiger.

However, the  buzz about the film is only building. Trailer.

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Finally, Peter Jackson’s (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong) long-awaited adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit debuts on December 14.

After The Lord of the Rings films seized audiences’ hearts around the world, Jackson has a tough act to follow! Trailer.

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