Be Free on George Orwell’s Birthday

Column by Jessica Marie Baumgartner June 25, 2020
Reference "1984" all you want, but do you really understand the stories of George Orwell? Or the writer himself?
Interview with Author & YouTuber Justin Little Aka Vernaculis

Interview with Author & YouTuber Justin Little AKA Vernaculis

Interview by Christoph Paul November 21, 2018
An interview with the popular YouTuber about his recently published book of essays.

Celebrating Kafka: 5 "Kafkaesque" Scenes in Pop Culture

Column by Emmanuel Nataf August 3, 2018
To celebrate Franz Kafka’s birthday (this past July), we did a rundown of five famous scenes in film and literature to see how “Kafkaesque” they really are.

8 Prescient Dystopian Shorts—in Short, We're F*#&ed!

Column by JS Breukelaar
Some dystopian tales to remind us to be careful what we wish for-—Heaven on Earth is just the B-side to End of Days.

The Book as the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

Column by Bart Bishop January 5, 2017
On Keith Houston's 'The Book' and why having a physical copy of a book is still important.

Finding Beauty in the Darkness

Column by Leah Rhyne December 21, 2016
We face dark times now, yes. It's important to realize: we've been here before, and we survived. I know because writers tell us, finding beauty in darkness, a literary legacy of stars in the night sky

5 Famous Bestsellers That Were Rejected (And 50 More)

Column by Michael David Wilson
Rejection is hard, but it's universal. We highlight 55 bestsellers that were rejected.

10 Albums Based on Books and Literature

Column by Christopher Shultz November 13, 2015
Musicians with library cards, and the records they make...

Three Books About... Animals

Column by Cath Murphy February 6, 2014
I love my dogs and cats. I also eat meat. We're conflicted about animals in real life, but what happens when we use them as a subject for fiction?

LitRock: 9 Odd Stories Behind Book-Inspired Music

Column by Kimberly Turner October 24, 2013
From Bowie and Devo to Anthrax and Mastodon, musicians have always been inspired by their favorite books. Here are some stories behind the songs, plus a literary playlist for your listening pleasure.

Your Favorite Book Sucks: '1984'

Column by Rob Blair Young September 25, 2013
Some classics don't quite live up to their reputation, but this one fails on almost every level. I list the flaws then tell you the real reason I hate this book.
1984 Sales Skyrocket due to NSA

Sales of 1984 Skyrocket in Wake of NSA Surveillance Scandal

News by Christopher Shultz June 12, 2013
Now that we know the government is watching us 24/7, the book that probably gave politicians their ideas is a hit again.

Cover Battles: Classic Book Redesigns vs. Original Art

Column by Kimberly Turner April 19, 2013
Old vs New. Classic vs Pulpy. Depressing vs Chick Lit-y. Classy vs Cheesy. What will win LitReactor's battle of the book covers? Take a look at these redesigns of literary classics and cast your vote.
Gandhi memorial axed to preserve George Orwell's Indian birthplace

Planned Gandhi Memorial Cancelled to Save George Orwell's Birthplace

News by Dean Fetzer
110 years ago, novelist George Orwell was born in Bihar, India, but new plans for a memorial park for Mahatma Gandhi would have “encroached” on his house.

Why Write?

Column by Karina Wilson February 27, 2013
Why write? After George Orwell, Joan Didion and Jonathan Franzen, a panel of writers at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, debate the issue.
Andy Serkis 'Animal Farm'

Andy Serkis To Direct And Act In Adaptation Of 'Animal Farm'

News by Rob Hart October 23, 2012
Serkis--probably best known for providing the motion-capture performance for Gollum in 'The Lord of the Rings' movies--will take on George Orwell's classic novella.

New Release Roundup: Recommendations for August 2012

Column by John Jarzemsky August 1, 2012
A look at what's new and exciting in the month of August.
new film version of '1984'

Hollywood Considering A New Film Adaptation Of Orwell's '1984'

News by Rob Hart March 23, 2012
With dystopian lit all the rage, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Shepard Fairey (yes, really) are gearing up for a new film adaptation of George Orwell's seminal novel.