Look deeper at Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" teen vampire series and you'll see the underpinnings of a decidedly conservative moral universe.
Forbes has just released their 2011 list of the world's highest paid authors (based on earnings from May 2010 to April 2011), and some of them may surprise you. We'll tell you how much each author made, why you should know their names, and how they beat the recession's effect on the fiction industry.
In some respects, it’s not a good idea to draw conclusions from the record-setting performance of “Harry Potter” this weekend, which took $169 million at the North American box office and $476 million globally. “ ‘Harry Potter’ is a franchise that does not come along often,” says Paul Dergarabedian, Hollywood.com box office analyst. “It took more than a decade to develop, and it reaches across wide segments of the moviegoing public.” Still, a few important trends are emerging from the eye-popping weekend. Here are three:
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Americans are expected to dole out a total of $5.8 billion on Halloween, an increase of nearly a billion dollars over last year, according to the National Retail Federation. This represents a return to 2008’s Halloween spending levels and marks an opportunity for Halloween-themed businesses to wring some dollars from trick or treating before the scary season gives way to Christmas carols and gift-giving. Here's what seven 'scary' firms have to offer:
More than half of reported book challenges in 2009 came from two states: Texas and Pennsylvania.
Anne Rice on Thursday said she is quitting Christianity. But don't expect more Anne Rice vampire novels. She's apparently quit those too.
Stieg Larsson's heroine is an utterly original literary character.