New images were released in the past week for the forthcoming Eddie Redmayne-starring film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off story set in 1920s New York and featuring wizard Newt Scamander. The original tale was a short companion piece to the main series, a collection of entries on mysterious creatures found throughout the world and a study guide for the magical world’s version of zoology. The film will be released next November.

A Philip Pullman television series is in the works! His Dark Materials will be coming to TV screens in the near future to follow the story of Lyra Belacqua, the young girl in a world parallel to our one, but with some fantastic differences. The first book in the successful trilogy was brought to the big screen in 2007, but The Golden Compass was not enough of a blockbuster hit, nor did it fully satisfy many book fans’ expectations, to warrant any sequels. In this age of television’s storytelling supremacy, it’s worth hoping a small screen adaptation might be the perfect way to get this project right.

The perennial classic Christmas film Home Alone turns 25 years old this year, and in celebration is now available as an illustrated book. Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook, a 40-page-long tribute to the film, even has a trailer.home-alone-book-coverChildren’s author, and former children’s laureate, Jacqueline Wilson has won the J M Barrie Award. The British writer, of Tracy Beaker fame, among dozens more beloved stories, was honoured for her achievements in children’s fiction and her ongoing success in encouraging young readers (her books have sold 38 million copies in the UK alone).

Love reading, but also can’t detach yourself from technology long enough to fully immerse yourself in a good book? Buzzfeed have a list of ‘amazing apps’ to support and enhance your literary hobby, from review subscriptions to experimental storytelling and more.

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