As we are all probably feeling anxious and stressed during this global coronavirus pandemic, how about taking a break from binge-watching movies and TV series in order to binge-read about reel librarians? I looked through my site stats to find out the top 10 most-read and popular posts of all time. Below, I have listed them in reverse order, from #10 to #1, along with the first paragraph of each post, to whet your appetite.
#10. ‘You, Me and Dupree’ — and the Naughty Librarian (Aug. 2015)
“You fixed Dupree up with a Mormon librarian?”
The 2006 film You, Me, and Dupree (2006) is an odd one. It stars Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson, and Matt Dillon, and it’s directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who also executive-produced the TV comedy, Community. You’d think those are ingredients for a potentially amusing film. But overall, those ingredients never really come together, and the half-baked film ends up feeling much longer than its 108 minutes. …
… continue reading ‘You, Me and Dupree’ — and the Naughty Librarian
#9. Harry Potter and Madam Pince (Dec. 2012)
How the Hogwarts librarian is depicted in the Harry Potter books
I recently reread the Harry Potter series, and this time around, took note of how the librarian, Madam Pince, is depicted. This librarian is never mentioned by name in the films as such, but she does make a physical appearance in the film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). As portrayed by Sally Mortemore, the reel Madam Pince — her first name, Irma, is also revealed in that film’s credits — is physically more attractive than her counterpart in print. …
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#8. Books and book-burning in ‘Fahrenheit 451’ (May 2017)
“Is there not freedom in the very choice of which book you want to be?”
I recently rewatched the 1966 film version of Fahrenheit 451, directed by French New Wave director Francois Truffaut and starring Julie Christie in a dual role and Oscar Werner as Montag, the fireman who falls in love with books, the very thing he’s charged with burning. …
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#7. First impressions: Monsters University (July 2013)
“What are you afraid of? You just angered a 40-foot librarian!”
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how two members of my family had tipped me off to a reel librarian featured in the recent release, Monsters University (2013). Since that post went live, I have had five additional friends recommend I watch the movie, which I did over the Independence Day long weekend. …
… continue reading First impressions: ‘Monsters University’
#6. The Jedi librarian (March 2013)
“If an item does not appear in our records, it does not exist.”
A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I watched the fan edit of the Star War prequel trilogy, entitled Star Wars: Rise of the Empire, which was compiled back in 2007. Out of the 7+ hours of the original prequels (Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 1999; Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2002; Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 2005), this techie fan managed to whittle the story down to a still-healthy-yet-manageable 4 hours. It seemed like a majority of the second prequel, Attack of the Clones, stayed on the cutting-room floor (no more painful love scenes out on the lake by Naboo, thank goodness!), but guess which scene made the cut in its entirety? …
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#5. First impressions: ‘Hidden Figures’ and its library scene (Feb. 2017)
The reel librarian character echoes the barriers that were starting to crack, brick by brick and book by book.
I recently watched the Best Picture-nominated film Hidden Figures, which is a biographical film featuring three African-American female mathematicians — or “computers” — at NASA during the early 1960s. The film sheds lights on their individual and collective struggles to earn personal and professional respect, both as women and as African-Americans in a field dominated with white males. The three female leads all deliver top-notch performances: Taraji P. Henson as brilliant mathematician Katherine G. Johnson; Octavia Spencer in an Oscar-nominated performance as mathematician and computer programmer Dorothy Vaughan; and Janelle Monáe as firecracker engineer Mary Jackson. …
… continue reading First impressions: ‘Hidden Figures’ and its library scene
#4. Librarian t-shirt collection (Sept. 2014)
“I have secret powers… I’m a librarian!”
I was going through some of the archived posts here on this Reel Librarians blog, and I came across this early post about my “Marian the Librarian” coffee mug. And then two things clicked: …
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#3. Marian or Marion? (May 2012)
Researching the reel librarian in ‘The Music Man’
I am a stickler for spelling and punctuation (see my post last week on that anal-retentive trait), so it still bugs me that I can’t ever seem to remember if the librarian in The Music Man is spelled “Marian” or “Marion.” I spelled it BOTH ways in my undergraduate thesis, which still makes me cringe. And that’s probably what inspired this blog post — maybe after writing this, I won’t have to look it up again. 😉 …
… continue reading Marian or Marion?
#2. Naughty Librarians (ladies, take it away) (March 2012)
Exploring the female Naughty Librarian character type
A rose by any other name… the Naughty Librarian. We’re down to the final category of exploring reel librarian character types (see previous posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here). And I know I’m going to get a lot of hits out of this post, as “naughty librarian” — and similar phrases like “sexy librarian” or “tomcats librarian” — are the MOST POPULAR search terms that lead to my blog. It’s a classy joint I’m running here, this Reel Librarians blog. …
… continue reading Naughty Librarians (ladies, take it away)
#1. ‘The Killing Kind’ vs. ‘The Attic’ (Oct. 2013)
The Attic (1980) serves as a kind of cinematic continuation of two characters featured in The Killing Kind (1973)
As I mentioned in last week’s post, The Attic (1980) serves as a kind of cinematic continuation of two characters featured in The Killing Kind (1973). I have a copy of both films, so I set about watching The Killing Kind this past weekend and comparing the two. There are some eery similarities in both films, but some interesting differences, as well. Enjoy! …
… continue reading ‘The Killing Kind’ vs. ‘The Attic’
Any personal faves?
Any personal favorites among these Top 10? Please leave a comment and share! And please continue washing your hands and practicing social distancing. Be well, everyone!
2 thoughts on “Binge-read the 10 most popular Reel Librarians posts of all time”
Soylent Green….an homage to the last library…..the SUPREME EXCHANGE….I had this sign made. I think you will appreciate it.Â Â Read on and best regards,Â Bob BanelÂ Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
Thanks, Bob! In this time of global crisis, it definitely feels like we’re living in a version of Soylent Green, doesn’t it?!