10 Things You Didn’t Know About Books You Love

1. Where the Wild Things Are (1963)

Maurice Sendak once replied to a young boy’s fan mail with a hand drawn picture of one of his characters. The boy’s mother wrote back saying simply “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.”

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997)


J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman the end to Snape’s story arc before he ever appeared on camera as Snape in the Harry Potter movies. As a result he often argued with directors based on knowing something they didn’t.

3. Next (2006)

Michael Crichton
Critic Michael Crowley gave such a poor review of one of author Michael Crichton’s books, that Crichton made a character ‘Mick Crowley’ in his next book, who was a child molester with a small penis.

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)


In the novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, there was a lost chapter, with a 6th child who got ground into the candy. It was deemed to gruesome to publish.

5. The Hunger Games (2008)

Suzanne Collins was a writer on Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All.

6. Charlotte’s Web (1952)


Author of Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) did the recording for the audio book, it took him 17 takes to record the passage about her death because each time he would cry or his voice would crack.

7. World War Z (2006)

World War Z

Max Brooks, author of such novels as “World War Z” and “The Zombie Survival Guide” is the son of comic genius Mel Brooks.

8. Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury originally titled Fahrenheit 451 as “The Fireman”, but he & editors found the name boring so they called a local fire station and asked what temperature book paper burnt at. The firemen put Bradbury on hold, burnt a book, and reported that the temp it burnt at was “Fahrenheit 451”.

9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981)


Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhikers Guide…” series, only told one other person his secret for choosing the number “42″ as the “Ultimate Answer.” That other person is Stephen Fry, who says he’ll take that secret to the grave.

10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Chitty Chitty

Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.