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Top 5 Literary Summers

It’s the beginning of June now which means one glorious thing: summer is here! While this may not mean much for those of us no longer in school, it still conjures up visions of glorious sunny days spent doing absolutely nothing. And even if we’re no longer given our summers off to spend in merry frolicking and reading, fortunately we still have books to turn to for our summery freedom fix. So here is a list of my top five literary summers. Let me know if I left off your favorite!

5. A tie between Portrait of a Lady and A Room with a View for their descriptions of lovely Italian summers spent touristing. Henry James also gives us this lovely moment of English summer:

“The implements of the little feast [tea] had been disposed upon the lawn of an old English country-house, in what I should call the perfect middle of a splendid summer afternoon. Part of the afternoon had waned, but much of it was left, and what was left was of the finest and rarest quality. Real dusk would not arrive for many hours; but the flood of summer light had begun to ebb, the air had grown mellow, the shadows were long upon the smooth, dense turf.”



June 6, 2011 at 12:00 am 4 comments

Your Literary BFF

Yesterday, the Huffington Post posted their Top Ten Literary BFFs, as apparently voted on by readers. I can honestly say no other list on earth would result in Boo Radley and Zaphod Beeblebrox being in the same sentence, let alone Raoul Duke and Bridget Jones.

I have a few problems with this list and disagree with most of their choices, but the one I have the most of a gripe with is that they have Harry Potter on this list. Forgive me, but if you’re befriending anyone in the Harry Potter universe, who chooses Harry Potter himself? He has a horrifically bad track record in terms of how he treats his friends, he has crazy angsty mood swings, and he’s never around because he’s off fighting evil or snogging Ginny or sulking. Not exactly bestie material. (more…)

June 3, 2011 at 12:00 am 6 comments

Top Ten: Literary Hotties (Halloween Edition)

Happy All Hallows Eve, my pretties! As you have probably guessed from the title and from the picture of the attractive young man above, Literary Transgressions is honoring the holiday by bringing you our Top Ten Literary Hotties, Halloween Edition.

We’ve scoured our brains to come up with the hottest of the literary dead, or more accurately, undead. Surprisingly, we’ve managed to compile quite the list, beginning with:

10) Eurydice, as in Orpheus and: (click for full slideshow!)

October 30, 2009 at 12:01 am 2 comments

Top Ten Literary Dorks, Nerds, Geeks, and Academics

Literary Transgressions presents our top ten list of the most lovably dorky, geeky, nerdy, or just plain old academic characters in fiction!

10. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird (more…)

October 23, 2009 at 12:00 am 4 comments

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