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Friday Five – Literary Trivia

3 January 2014 No Comment

Now that we (knock on wood) have all the kinks worked out of the scheduling and posting issues, we’re on to get the first official post of the new 2014 plan out!

I haven’t worked out all the details yet, but for each Friday Five, I’ll be posting five bits of trivia related to all genres, possibly crossing over into movie adaptations. With each post though, there will be one question for the readers to answer, so feel free to leave a comment if you think you’ve got it… they won’t be that hard. Maybe.

Here we go!

Everyone knows the heroine in Margaret Mitchell’s classic Gone With the Wind is Scarlett O’Hara, but would her personality have been the same, and would Rhett Butler have been so interested if she had been different?

Ms. Mitchell’s original name for the feisty Southern belle was Pansy. Go on, think about it. Would those curtains have looked as good on a wilting flower?

The first American novel to sell over one million copies was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Ms. Stowe’s infamous novel was published in 1852 and banned in numerous places almost immediately, some of which still stand today. Despite fanning the fuel for abolitionists, the novel to this day is often debated as racist for the stereotypical way the slaves have been presented.

Ms. Stowe herself was the victim of hate crimes following publication, receiving death threats and apparently the ear (severed, obviously) of an unfortunate slave.

Did you know there is a Brady in the made for TV mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand? Mike Lookinland, who played little Bobby Brady in The Brady Bunch, plays a sentry on guard with Stephen King’s character, Teddy Weizak close to the end of the series. When Stu and Tommy (M-O-O-N, that spells Tommy!) arrive in the storm, Stu addresses him as Bobby.

The dot that tops a lower case i is called a tittle.

One for you to answer – how many of Shakespeare’s plays have a ghost?

You have until Tuesday to work out the answer… I’ll post it in the first 52 Weeks.

Until Monday…
<3 JL

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