Best dramas & plays books according to redditors

We found 953 Reddit comments discussing the best dramas & plays books. We ranked the 371 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Dramas & Plays:

u/ClassicsMajor · 1674 pointsr/sadcringe

This guy also wrote a book about why he sued Taylor Swift for not being his girlfriend. I'm conflicted because I don't want to give this dude money but I really, really want to read his trash book.

u/Triplanetary · 364 pointsr/thatHappened

I suspect that the number of Trekkies who would have you believe that they're fluent in Klingon is much higher than the actual number of Trekkies who are fluent in Klingon.

I mean, the media seems really fascinated by the notion that there are a bunch of nerds running around speaking some fictional nerd language (hence the portrayal of such in shows like The Big Bang Theory), but it just doesn't make any sense. Yes, Klingon is a fully realized language constructed by a real-ass linguist and all that, but all that means is that it takes just as much time and effort to learn as a real language, and without the benefit of being able to find any real level of immersion (the snippets of Klingon in the show certainly aren't enough, so you're pretty much stuck with reading Hamlet in Klingon). And anyone who's devoting all those hundreds or thousands of hours to learning a fictional language, as opposed to the many actual useful skills or languages that a nerd could learn in that same amount of time, probably isn't getting outside enough for you to ever actually meet them.

u/BeatrixVonBourbon · 129 pointsr/books

I have always been a bit grimly obsessed by Ebola, and my friend gave me this to read a few years ago. It was terrifying and riveting. Plus, not long after, said friend went on Honeymoon very near to supposed Ebola cave... he wasn't keen.

Incidentally, a good follow-up read to this is The Coming Plague

u/maugrimm · 38 pointsr/todayilearned
u/danceswithronin · 29 pointsr/writing

[All of these.] (

Here they are, broken out:

> Quest: A character-driven story that has a hero go on a journey for something that changes him in some way.

> Adventure: A plot-driven story that focuses on reaching a series of goals.

> Pursuit: The Chase plot, very action oriented.

> Rescue: A Rescue Arc as the main story, also very action oriented.

> Escape: A Great Escape plot, similar to the Rescue, except the captive rescues himself/herself.

> The Riddle: Basic Mystery plot revolving around a Driving Question.

> Rivalry: Character-oriented story based on the interactions of two opposing characters, The Hero and The Rival.

> Underdog: A story where the Underdogs Never Lose. Revolves around an underdog (maybe they are underprivileged, poor, disabled, etc.) who triumphs despite overwhelming odds.

> Temptation: The story revolves around whether or not to give into a temptation and the consequences, Pandora Box-like.

> Metamorphosis: A story revolving around a physical transformation of some kind, generally a true Metamorphosis is a one-way street.

> Transformation: A story revolving around an inner-change, rather than a physical one.

> Maturation: A Coming of Age Story, where the a character matures physically, emotionally or spiritually.

> Love: Your basic Boy Meets Girl Romance Arc, with two characters falling in love as the main story.

> Forbidden Love: Star-Crossed Lovers who spend most of the plot trying to be together despite the world trying to tear them apart.

> Sacrifice: Revolves around a characters and their sacrifices, lethal or otherwise.

> Discovery: A story that unearths those skeletons in a character's Mysterious Past.

> Wretched Excess: Story where the character is in a downward spiral from drugs, greed, depression, insanity, etc.

> Vengeance: Your basic Revenge story, very character-driven.

> Ascension: Follows a character's rise to power.

> Descension: Like-wise to Ascension, follows a character fall from power.

u/ExxieEssex · 14 pointsr/UnresolvedMysteries

This is a good, long book about the origins and discovery of some of the newer, more confusing diseases. The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance
The title is more clickbait-y than the actual work.

u/newtonslogic · 9 pointsr/news

Methinks it's a bit too late for all that.

Captain Trips is coming.

u/AllThatJazz · 9 pointsr/SpaceXLounge

Wow! Like you, I have a fascination with SciFi, and I'm actually writing a SciFi novel!

It's great to see others so inspired with the genre.

And certainly everything that's been happening lately in rocket science and astronomy certainly seems more and more like we are increasingly living in a SciFi story!


But yes, I was just curious: is this going to be your first short story?

Do you happen to have any favorite authors in the SciFi genre (and outside of it)?



in terms of your questions above, I was noticing that many of them seem to overlap with ideas explored in this amazing youtube channel by Isaac Arthur.

I think all aspiring SciFi writers will gain a lot of insights into the possibilities (mostly according to known laws of physics) about the future.

So that channel has helped me a lot in shaping out some of my own SciFi ideas.


ALSO... just to address one of your questions above... (since you asked!)...

For the price per KG to LEO, that's a pretty intense specific and intricate detail to put into a short story.

Of course, for your story to work well, you don't actually need to have any highly intricate facts/figures measured out that specifically.

A lot of great SciFi stories and novels don't.

BUT... then again, a lot of great SciFi stories and novels do!

I am thinking of Andy Weir's amazing SciFi novel "The Martian", and he certainly put a lot of mathematical and intensely intricate figures like that in his novel, and he made it work well!


But keep in mind...

If you do decide to put highly specific and intricate figures in your story, and see if that works... then you're going to increase the research levels of your workload, and ideally, it would be nice if you could talk with someone who knows a lot about it, here in subreddits like this one.


NOTE: one solution for you in terms of dealing with an intricately accurate SciFi story, is to simply write a lot of the story first...

Then after that, you do your research.

(And then you do a lot of rewriting of your story!)

So for example, for the KG to LEO, you just pick a semi-educated number yourself (without researching it initially), and then when the story's done you can really pin it down more accurately.


I mention that because sometimes even great authors admit they can get carried away with too much research at the beginning... neglecting the story/characters/plot development, which of course are the most important elements of the story!

But then again... some authors say they become greatly inspired when immersing themselves into research... and the research actually suggests story and character ideas...

So I guess it's a balance, and also knowing what is your own best way of working...



I noticed based upon all your questions, that's quite a vast world/universe you are building there!

And that's a great thing! It means you're greatly inspired by this story you want to tell, and so that's a good sign that your story is going to be a good one.

BUT... for a short story, that might be a lot of subplots and locations. Maybe too many?

If all of those locations figure as key scenes in your story, intricately described (I mean you've got Moon bases, Mars bases, and space stations going on here!) then that's certainly a lot of topics to cover in a short story.

To me, it seems that your world building is approaching the level of an actual SciFi novel, rather than just a short story.


So one way to handle this... might be for you to write a novel instead!

(NOTE: if you want to make a living as a writer ultimately, then you'll have to do it with full length novels, rather than short stories anyways. Novels are where the money is! There are some exceptions to that rule... but not many.)

But ya, in your novel, you could develop a lead character, that has adventures or journeys from Earth, to the moon, to Mars, and beyond.

Of course your character will need to be driven by something... a desire to find something... or to avert a disaster, or whatever...

Initially your main character might not even consciously know he or she is being driven to achieve something, and avert something... but gradually comes to realize it... or maybe your character knows right from the beginning and is one a determined quest and mission...


NOTE: Just because I'm of the opinion that you might have too much territory to cover in a short story, and you may want to consider an actual novel instead...

doesn't mean I'm right!

There are indeed some short stories that have a huge scope of the Universe as the background landscape, and a character races through a vast universe... or through a vast time-scape...

and it's achieved all in one compact nice short story!

So... ultimately... don't listen to me if you disagree with any of my tips!

(I'm just throwing tips and ideas at you because you asked!)



I would highly HIGHLY recommend this book to you, since you seem very serious about writing this story of yours:


Plot and Structure (by James Scott Bell).


NOTE: as a writer, you don't have to agree with everything he says. (In fact you shouldn't!)

BUT, if you read this book, then it will give you a strong edge, to be able to push a "good story" or "good novel" into becoming "a GREAT story" or "GREAT novel"!

Reading this book, could be the edge you need to become a best selling author!

It will give you great insights into the psychology of your readers, and w
hat compels them to become obsessed by your story, making them not want to stop reading... and keep turning those pages late into the night!

u/upallday_allen · 9 pointsr/conlangs

I know Hamlet and Gilgamesh have been translated into Klingon. There's also been quite a bit translated into Esperanto. Besides that, I do not know.

I would love to write some full works of fiction in my conlang. It will be hard work, and only maybe four people will appreciate it, but it'd be fun, I think.

u/hoseramma · 7 pointsr/booksuggestions

Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins is entirely written in second person. And he does a fantastic job; nobody juggles language like ol' Tom Robbins.

u/jordanlund · 7 pointsr/books

I'm going to fall back on a couple of non-fiction books that are mind-blowing, although not necessarily on the same scale you're talking about.

On germs, plagues and bio-containment:

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston:

The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett:

I read both of these books back to back and it's like reading the same story first covered by the National Enquirer (Hot Zone) and then again by the New York Times (Coming Plague). It's a fascinating look at disease distribution and protection. The Hot Zone is a light easy read that's more sensationalist than scientific, the Coming Plague is the polar opposite, but both are good reads.

Road Fever by Tim Cahill:

Guy is hired by GM for a promotional stunt. Drive their new truck from the tip of Argentina to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska as fast as he can. The problems he has getting through South and Central America are amazing, and not just culturally, politically.

Into the Heart of Borneo by Redmond O'Hanlon:

Take your average academic natural history book reviewer and throw him in the jungle for a month! It will be great!

u/SpeakeasyImprov · 7 pointsr/improv

Those are good books to get started. Also, for beginners, I recommend The Complete Improviser by our very own /u/btarnett!

Do whatever kind of show you want.

I took classes way in Cleveland back in 2001 when there used to be a Second City there. After shows we hung out at Becky's Bar. I think Something Dada is still doing shows. Looks like there may be sporadic shows at the Beck Center.

Good luck! Have fun!

u/jarrettwold · 7 pointsr/science

I always point people to this book when they blow off vaccinations or contagious diseases:

The other book? Preston's The Hot Zone.

Both of those scared the ever living shit out of me, and they're also why I hate Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy.

u/admorobo · 5 pointsr/suggestmeabook

You may enjoy the fiction of Nick Hornby. He's light, funny, and yet manages to tell very real, human stories. Some of his best-known works include High Fidelity, About A Boy and A Long Way Down

u/fizzlefist · 5 pointsr/movies
u/matts2 · 5 pointsr/science

Or The Hot Zone. But if you want really scary bone chilling, read The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance. This is about all of the potential diseases out there "waiting" to spread through humanity. I wanted to wrap myself in plastic and never touch a thing again. Did you know that there are bacteria that can live in bleach bottles?

u/TummyCrunches · 5 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Tolstoy's great-grandniece has a good post apocalyptic book called The Slynx.

Day of the Oprichnik and The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin are both good. The Queue is written in all dialogue though, which can be off-putting to some.

Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin is pretty damn funny.

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin is considered a precursor to 1984 and is worth a read.

Yuri Olesha's Envy is another funny one. Short, too.

Petersburg by Andrei Bely is generally considered the Russian Ulysses.

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov is a biting look at Stalin's collectivization.

The Golovlyov Family by Shchedrin is about a family so awful they wouldn't be out of place in a Faulkner book.

Autobiography of a Corpse by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky is my favorite of his story collections. Pretty trippy stuff.

u/steel-panther · 5 pointsr/writing

There are plenty of books like this.

Personally, I'd stay away from actual college classes, and look more to local workshops or cheap online courses like from I think it is.

My main recommendations revolve around self help books like that above, and actually reading other people's fiction. I believe that will be the biggest help to you based on my own experiences.

u/AgoraRefuge · 5 pointsr/niceguys

For those who havent seen this guy. It's a trip.

Or read his book!

u/utterdamnnonsense · 5 pointsr/funny

Reminds me of Ella Minnow Pea.

u/CogitoNM · 5 pointsr/books

As always, my suggestion is Flashman. There are many books spanning the 19th Century and focusing on a British Officer. Hilarious and very historical. Really brings it to life.

u/legalpothead · 5 pointsr/scifiwriting

Good on you for stepping into it. There are lots of would-be SF/fantasy writers who spend years and years on worldbuilding, but somehow never quite get around to the actual writing of the novels.

As it turns out, worldbuilding is the fun, easy part of writing. The actual writing is the terribly hard part. Because when a person starts writing, their writing is shit. When you read back over what you've written, it's full of awkward phrases and boring cliches, and the dialog is so bad it's unreadable. Lots of new writers look at their output and get depressed, and then because they have no idea how to improve their writing, they retreat back into more worldbuilding.

The solution is you have to keep pushing it out, every day. Your output gets better with experience.

If there's one book that inspired me to write better, it's James Scott Bell's Plot and Structure. The ebook is $10. Put that on your phone and take a week to read it through. This book is part of a writer's tools series. I also have Characters, Emotions and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress and it is also good. You might do well to look at that entire series.

Then there's a book by Mary Buckham I think is indispensable, Writing Active Hooks. Learning how to use hooks is a critical part of a fiction writer's skill set, but no other book I know of tackles the subject head on. You set a hook to keep your reader interested, and before that one times out you can set another one, pulling your reader deeper and deeper into your book. It's the secret weapon you have to have.

u/sambalaya · 4 pointsr/improv

The Complete Improviser by Bill Arnett aka /u/btarnett

u/SexualCasino · 4 pointsr/books

The Berlin Noir Trilogy is great. Raymond Chandler type private eye in Berlin before, during and after WW2

The Flashman Papers is a really funny satirical series about a cowardly, racist, drunken (etc, etc) Victorian English soldier

and Pillars of The Earth is a big epic novel about building a cathedral and the town around it. Super good, everybody loves that one. Ignore the lackluster TV miniseries.

u/idrumgood · 4 pointsr/goodyearwelt

WSAYWT: Canada West. Top down.

AOTD: I'm a pretty slow reader, maybe do like 6 novels in a year (most of my reading is focused on comic books). But I got a new book for xmas based off a reddit post I saw, Ella Minnow Pea. It's pretty fun so far, a light read.

GD: Had to have the plumber come out for the second time since moving into this place in August of last year. Sounds like we're going to have a reoccurring problem with the main kitchen sink drain line, which is common for our whole building (3 flat).

At $325 to roto the drain, I think I may just buy one myself and do it every now and then.

u/_AuFish · 4 pointsr/askscience

So just a little more detail on this, especially in regards to Ebola virus and how the US dealt with it. Also, to preface, I'm about to begin my PhD and will be working in high containment - as I am completely fascinated by these pathogens, especially filoviruses, and had the pleasure of meeting one of the head physicians who tended to the Ebola cases at Emory University.

So despite the fact that Ebola will likely never reach epidemic proportions in the US as it did in Africa due to cultural differences that ultimately led to quick dissemination through the region - the US swiftly put precautionary measures into place. The most notable is how quickly they turned a wing of the hospital at Emory into a BSL4 containment facility. Utilizing the NEIDL at Boston University as an upsetting example of how many set backs there are to establishing BSL4 facilities - I believe there's less than 20 in the US (the exact number escapes me at this hour), yet another illustration of the difficulties of establishing high containment facilities. Yet When emory began getting over crowded and needed more BSL4 space - they were able to (with the help of their CDC neighbors) create a fully functional BSL4 in 48hrs. In addition to the Emory isolation unit, after the 'Ebola scare' the government and/or state health departments issued high containment bio safety suits to the major hospitals in each state (even if they didn't have quarantine units), in case they ever had to deal with an outbreak. (Source: a few friends of mine are head of their departments in major cities and informed me because they knew I would get a kick out of it. lol)

I could go on and on (because I am a super big nerd about infectious pathogens), but I will give you some cool resources for you to check out if you'd like to read about it more.

Emory Ebola isolation unit

My absolute favorite book, which explains how a lot of the worlds most deadly pathogens first emerged and how they were discovered - The Coming Plague

u/m0nk_3y_gw · 4 pointsr/writing
u/NickyNeptune · 4 pointsr/ELATeachers

This is the version I show my students. It's awesome. They get to see it on stage this way too.

u/annfro · 4 pointsr/Birmingham

I was actually referring to how much my son has read this summer. Thanks for the recommendations though! I unfortunately have a hard time finding time to read these days but I am reading Flashman as it popped up on a recommendation somewhere.

I'm mostly a fiction kinda girl.

u/Y_pestis · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

Not quite the same as your examples, but some of my favorite non-fiction science are...

The Coming Plague

And The Band Played On

The Disappearing Spoon

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

I could probably come up with a few others if any of these seem to be what interests you.

u/Legia · 3 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

The diseases are actually quite old. They're both zoonoses, or diseases transmitted from animals to people. In the case of HIV from chimps, and in the case of Ebola we don't know the reservoir species. Maybe bats. From there, these diseases are able to transmit directly from human to human. HIV turned out to be quite well adapted for this, perhaps because SIV was in chimps for so long and also because unlike Ebola, HIV takes awhile to cause symptoms, and symptoms aren't as scary at least for awhile.

It's new patterns of population and travel that have amplified them (and a bit of bad luck). A great book on this for HIV is [Jacques Pepin's The Origin of AIDS] ( Essentially we can see based on historic biological samples and the pace of genetic viral mutation that HIV has crossed into humans from chimps multiple times and among primates as well. What changed was that HIV managed to infect a bush meat hunter then make it into a city with a lot of men and few women and then perhaps into a sex worker and . . . away we go. Whereas infecting one bush hunter who then infects his wife and she goes on to have an infected baby - well they all just die out, end of "epidemic."

[Laurie Garrett's The Coming Plague] ( and [David Quammen's Spillover] ( also address this question well.

u/Kichigai · 3 pointsr/gaybros
u/rOGUELeftNut · 3 pointsr/funny
u/GuyWithTheStalker · 3 pointsr/MMA

"I am absolutely fucking done going out and doing stupid shit. Nothing good comes from it."

"Come onnnnn... I'll buy the first round. What's the worst that could happen?..."

Calamity ensues and you meet a girl at the local bar who says her favorite books are "I Hate Men" and "I Love Dick".

u/lekanto · 3 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

One of my favorite books, Ella Minnow Pea, involves a search for that very thing.

u/JordieBelle · 3 pointsr/writing

More recently it’s been done with emails. Can’t remember the name of the example.
ETA it was:

u/k3rn3 · 3 pointsr/startrek

Unfortunately, it's super impractical since it was designed for Star Trek and most words have to do with battle and space/technology. The Klingon Language Institute (apparently this is a real thing) might be helpful. Here's a cd, but there's also The Klingon Hamlet, Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, and The Klingon Dictionary

u/hammayolettuce · 3 pointsr/booksuggestions

You have to check out the Flashman series. They are great reads, full of fantastically researched historical fiction, but man do I hate Flashy. He's overly confident and treats women terribly. He's a drunk, a coward and a gambler. He sells out his brothers in arms to save his own skin. He's the worst type of human being, and yet, the other characters in the books think he's a hero because of his uncanny timing.

u/mattymillhouse · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I'd recommend 2 authors:

Nick Hornby -- High Fidelity, About a Boy

Jonathan Tropper -- Plan B, The Book of Joe

I've described this genre of books as "romance novels for guys" before. They're also about guys who hit that certain young-middle aged point where they start trying to come to terms with their growing responsibility and their place in life.

u/hugemuffin · 3 pointsr/writing

Here's the deal, you don't know what you don't know about your story.

Maybe you're an outliner, maybe you don't know how to build a scene, maybe you don't know your character's motivations.

Writers block is not a lack of a muse, it's your brain realizing that it is short of something and needs some knowledge to press on.

Depending on how you want to approach this, you have to know the basic unit of storytelling which is the scene. Research it, practice it, do it. From there, build your scenes into plot. Or do that in reverse and build your plot and fill it with scenes. Learn how to make characters into people.

I also like wired for story since it fills the gap between plot and scene by focusing on characters and how they fit into story.

Sitting in a chair, putting sentences in front of you is good, doing so with a bit of knowledge is better. Without knowing how to build scenes, make characters, and plot out a story (even as a pantser or discovery writer), you will get discouraged and flail around in the dark.

Listen to the writing excuses podcast and try out their various tips on novel writing, they have a three act structure that is good but their talk on it is crap. This is better.

You can't place up walls well without blueprints, you can't build walls without carpentry skills, and you can't finish a house without effort. Writing a novel is similar.

TL:DR Educate yo-sef. Keep writing while you're learning. Your first draft will be crap, but it will be worse crap if you go into it blind.

u/s_mcc · 2 pointsr/rpg

The 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them

If you want to get better at roleplaying games, try reading something that is about creating stories interspersed with more game content.

u/Hubris2 · 2 pointsr/newzealand

Need to have Hamlet translated to truly be making progress. That's when we knew the Klingon language had truly gained worldwide acceptance.

u/Fergette · 2 pointsr/subredditoftheday

If you like that you'd really like this book.

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

Edit: Not sure why I've been down voted for this. Perhaps by offering the Amazon link? It's not an affiliate link or anything. I'm not getting anything from it. Just a good book along the same topic.

u/bookchaser · 2 pointsr/childrensbooks

I'm not familiar with that story, but for yourself (e.g., an adult), you might enjoy Ella Minnow Pea. The people in the book are forbidden to use certain letters as the letters fall off a memorial statue in the town, and the letters also disappear from the book as the story progresses.

u/awkwardlittleturtle · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I just finished reading Ella Minnow Pea

> Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,* “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

I loved it so much, I started reading it, and 'accidentally' finished it all in one sitting! Very captivating and interesting, without being overly complicated (so great for reading while being semi-distracted by other passengers, etc.)

u/ATX_tulip_craze · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

First one that comes to my mind is High Fidelity -

It would be a bit dated and not some great work of literature or anything but it would qualify I suppose.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/biology

Are you looking for a textbook or non-fiction books?

I am a microbiologist so these books are biased towards that:

The Coming Plague. Its a little sensationalist but its a good read.

The Hot Zone This is the book that got me into microbiology and started me on the path to being a microbiologist.

The Immortal Life of Henriatta Lacks Light on the science but still puts a personal context to science especially tissue culture.

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History Good historical look on a disease that we still fear today.

Not a book but check out This Week in Microbiology and This Week in Virology podcasts. Great and informative.

u/cool_colors · 2 pointsr/biology

The Coming Plague is a good read.

u/sanchopancho13 · 2 pointsr/news

This is basically how Ella Minnow Pea starts.

u/chelsrei · 2 pointsr/books

The next Thursday book comes out next week! In the meantime, Shades of Grey is good as well as his Nursery Crime books and The Last Dragonslayer. If you're looking for something different try Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn.

u/KSzeims · 2 pointsr/MilitaryHistory

The Wikipedia page has some books at the bottom under further reading, including one from 2012.

For a more entertaining look at the war, I highly recommend reading Flashman, by George MacDonald Fraser.

u/the_sleep_of_reason · 2 pointsr/DebateAnAtheist

Are we playing the "is X real" game now? What are you stumped about?

The rule is easy. If it corresponds to a real phenomena/event/behavior etc. it is real.

So for example the Klingon language is real. It has been codified, there are real people who can speak said language. So is Tolkien's form of elvish - Quenya. It does not get any more real for a language than two people meeting face to face and being able to communicate in said language does it?

If it is just a "name" in a book without any structure or without means for real people to actually use the language to communicate, I would argue that they are not "real languages". They are "real" in the context that someone has written them down and they can be referenced in reality by different people. They are not real languages though because you are unable to do any actual communication with them.

u/hexthanatonaut · 2 pointsr/justneckbeardthings

I'm pretty sure the dude is disabled. This picture went around a while back. I think he also was like trying to sue Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande for not dating him or something.

Here he is, he also wrote a book

edit: oh and this is apparently also him, but the name is blocked out so no way to know for sure

u/mistermajik2000 · 2 pointsr/ELATeachers

Which play?

The Folger Shakespeare Library website has tons of lessons which are interactive, “on your feet” style.

And, I can’t recommend this enough:
Buy this book! - I used it for MacBeth last year, and gave it to my neighbor this year for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a serious game-changer with loads of lessons (entire unit plan) that are interactive and actually fun!

u/voxhavoc · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I would recommend my two of my favourite books

Ready Player One By Ernest Cline

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

I hope that you find a book you enjoy. Because Bookworms rule!

u/Cdresden · 2 pointsr/WritersGroup

Sure. But writing is a craft, just like any other craft. Most of it is just learning a complicated set of mechanics. What one person can do, another can do. What makes the difference is drive more than genius.

Read a good, fun book on writing that will get you pumped. Maybe How to Write a Damn good Novel by James Frey, or Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. Or better yet, if you can, take a class in fiction writing, or join a real world fiction writing group in your town.

u/teacher94085 · 2 pointsr/ELATeachers

I'm not sure if you mean Shakespeare Set Free (which is published by Folger), but I would highly recommend/second this resource. There are great activities to help students engage with the language and it goes at a pretty quick pace.

u/knite · 2 pointsr/rational

Haven't read it and may not be rational, but have heard good things about Tooth and Claw.

u/Etilpoh · 2 pointsr/comicbooks

Box Office Poison is comic by Alex Robinson,

u/Varmatyr · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

The Dragon Age (unrelated to the game) series is pretty good, and not your average fantasy series.

Tooth and Claw is basically Pride and Prejudice but with dragons as all the characters.

Seconding recommendations for the Temeraire and Age of Fire books too.

u/23times23 · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

not totally sure what you're getting at with "the disappearance of words," but Ella Minnow Pea came to mind.

u/_the_credible_hulk_ · 2 pointsr/ELATeachers

A great place to start is the Folger Shakespeare Library's Shakespeare Set Free series. It's day by day lesson plans, some of which are great, some of which are so-so, focusing on performance. Here's a link:

It's the best teaching resource I've ever owned.

u/cavelioness · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

aw, I think it's just a human thing. Everyone wants to pick their favorite everything, "What's your favorite color? Fruit? Ice cream flavor? Book? TV show? Movie?" Seems like children are the only thing that's exempt, you aren't supposed to have a favorite if you have multiple kids. Guess we could add lovers to the list if one is poly. Although I think everyone agrees that Nathaniel, JC, and Micah are special to Anita?

Hey, if you read this far I wanted to bring up something I once saw you write. I don't expect a reply, I understand that you're through with the AMA, but think it's natural that you might still read responses and maybe see this. Your books were really a big part of my life for several years and I feel thrilled to have the chance to be writing something you might read.

If I'm remembering correctly at one point you were upset that people wanted more plot, because you felt that meant more death, blood, and gore for Anita, who's already experienced quite enough. That really made me think. And what I came up with was, you're right, business as usual is too bloody and gory and I understand your wanting out of having to write and research so much death as well.

But, here's the thing, I think you've already proven that you can do whatever you want with this series and your publishers won't give you too much flack. Most of the plots in Anita involve someone turning up dead and then police work to solve the mystery, but what if you tried out a completely different sort of plot, just threw Anita and cohorts into some strange situation and then watch how they reacted?

I mean, I write myself and one year for my birthday I got a book called 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them and sometimes I find it really fun to imagine my characters in some of those situations. It helps me get to know them better too. There are so many other plots out there where no one has to die.

u/webnrrd2k · 2 pointsr/biology

If you like The Hot Zone, you'll love The Coming Plague.

u/gensek · 2 pointsr/WTF

Reminds me of e.

u/ambut · 2 pointsr/ELATeachers

We do a Folgers unit for Romeo and Juliet that has been super successful. It is all performance-based assessments and gets kids out of their seats multiple times a week. We mix the Folgers lessons and assessments with a few more traditional things (an essay and a test, for example), and we take out some of the less useful or interesting lessons (there's one where they just dance...? It's weird.). But we more or less do the unit as written and it's really enjoyable for us and for the kids. You can get all the lessons in this book. It takes us about two months to do the whole unit but it's worth it. I'm happy to send a sample pacing map that we used this past semester for this unit if you're interested. Two other things that tend to work well:

  • Start the year with "The Most Dangerous Game", which is a relatively quick read but deep enough to study things like character, theme, and other terms that freshmen might need a refresher on.
  • Things Fall Apart unit. Teaching it now for the third time to freshmen (I've also done it with older grades). The novel itself is easy save for the names, and it's a flexible sort of unit timing-wise. You can do it in like 3-4 weeks or you can stretch it to almost 2 months if you want. There's tons of room for history stuff, and Common Lit has great suggestions for paired readings. Hope this helps! I have lots of curricula so let me know if you want any materials, pacing maps, or other info.
u/BorisGuzo · 2 pointsr/writing

There's no easy answer. Here are a few starting points.
Pixar's Stanton on story
Great book by James Scott Bell
Part 1/5 of series by Dan Wells, you can find the rest, all are good.

I hear you, don't give up.

u/Emberwake · 2 pointsr/gamernews

Happily. Here a few few quick resources I found for you:

And here a couple references that might interest you if you want more detail on what we generally expect from fiction:

Now, I hope you don't mind if I assume you may feel that I have attacked your opinion of ME3 with my comments. It wasn't my intention to say that you can't enjoy it. Hell, I'm happy for you if you did. But there is a real difference between enjoying something and believing it is good.

In the case of ME3, we can see that some of the most well established principles of writing, thematic and structural elements which are integral to the crafting of a quality narrative, have been abandoned.

If you honestly want to know more, I'd encourage you to take a course in creative writing, or even better, in literary history. With a little background and perspective, you can start to understand why some books, films and games seem to be lacking and why others have a stronger appeal.

EDIT: As I look at your post again, I wonder why you are asking me for specific examples at all, when I have clearly outlined a major structural failing of the narrative in my last post. Oh well, maybe this additional information will be of use to you anyway.

u/makesureimjewish · 2 pointsr/writing

i read these two books, hugely helpful:

link 1

link 2

i know everyone has their opinions about the best books but i really enjoyed both and they're very motivating

u/shaynoodle · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Can't tell if contest is finished or not, but I'll bite.

Ella Minnow Pea

I haven't read this book yet, but a friend of mine who is an English teacher just finished it and she said it's really good. It's a series of letters, where as the book progresses the use of certain letters in the alphabet becomes banned. At the end of the novel, I believe LMNOP are the only letters left. If you want to, we could read it together!

I like big books and I cannot lie

u/pegstrom · 1 pointr/books

Neither of these are thrillers but I was literally transfixed in place when I started reading the Black Hawk Down book. Knelt awkwardly on the floor where I'd picked the book up for hours till I was done. Almost felt like it would have been a betrayal to walk away from those guys before they got a resolution.

And, on a lighter note, Ella Minnow Pea is a super sweet book about what happens when successive letters of the alphabet are ruled illegal. The book itself follows the same rules, chapter by chapter, and the sense of growing claustrophobia and desperation as the letters disappear is really powerful. You, as a reader, have a vested interest in the outcome of these characters in a way i've never felt before.

u/Treesclera · 1 pointr/Unity3D

I know you mean this as a joke, but with some interesting narrative and the right setting you could make this a very serious and involving game. You could learn about the characters around you, become endeared by their stories, even create a mystery as to what, if anything, everyone is queueing for. Here is some inspiration, both in form of Russian novels, The Concert Ticket by Olga Grushin and The Queue by Vladmir Sorokin

I always thought this type of thing would make an engaging game. Create my dream!

u/allergictoapples · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Yes and there is also a film.

u/Greatest_Kudu · 1 pointr/ifyoulikeblank

Try Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson. It has everything you listed, and all the characters are really well developed to the point that you actually care about what happens to them.

u/dmorin · 1 pointr/shakespeare

Here you go. It was a book/DVD deal.

u/OrangePyromancer · 1 pointr/IAmA

Hi, Micheal! What was it like working with Bing for HIDY?

Also, have you ever read this book?

u/catvllvs · 1 pointr/todayilearned

This is kinda close - Et Tu, Babe

Also read The Tetherballs of Bougainville: A Novel also by Mark Leyner

BTW - fuck knows what the ref= stuff means - I just copied an pasted the link from FF - I ain't got no Amazon referral account thingy

u/sahdu · 1 pointr/AskReddit

There's actually a very clever little book called Ella Minnow Pea about a town who begins to ban certain letters. As they ban each letter, the author will no longer write with it throughout the book. It's a really quick and interesting read. Amazon link here.

u/pier25 · 1 pointr/writing

The problem is plot. Ideas are cheap. Read books about plot to understand what ingredients are needed to sustain tension and interest.

This is a good one, but there are plenty of others.

u/ninpinko · 1 pointr/books

The Tetherballs of Bougainville - Maybe I just didn't get it.

u/Alcoheroic · 1 pointr/improv

You'll make your lives a lot easier if you get a coach ASAP (even if it's just a temporary guest coach).

Player's attempting to direct each other (even for very experienced troupes) can lead to all sorts of drama down the line. I've been a part of teams where each week (or month) we rotated who was leading rehearsals. Some worked out great (the two where we all had at least a decade of performing/teaching experience and went into it with that plan) and others quickly became a dumpster fire.

My best advice while you're waiting for a coach is probably to pick up a book on improv theory or a book on on acting:

Mick Napier's - Improvise: Scene from the inside out, Bill Arnett's - The Complete Improviser, Viola Spolin's - Improvisation for the Theater, or something like Marina Caldarone's - Action: The Actor's Thesaurus are good places to start.

Then read it together outside of rehearsal and discuss the ideas in various chapters when you meet up - maybe try out a few exercises, but be wary of trying to direct each other: that's not your job, your job is to support each other on stage.

Heck, just reading a few acting books and really discussing them will put you guys leaps and bounds ahead of most improvisers.

u/tritium6 · 1 pointr/offbeat
u/arowan · 1 pointr/books

The first of the series.

u/AidenJDrake · 1 pointr/writing

Plot and Structure By James Scott Bell: Far and away one of the best book I've ever read on writing.

I actually just started Techniques of the Selling Writer by Swain, which I have heard great things about but I haven't read far enough to give my own opinion.

u/MattieShoes · 1 pointr/AskEurope

I followed that one with The Coming Plague. It's a bit more heavy, less of a narrative. Man, I was paranoid for MONTHS after reading those two!

u/ShaunTheWorldBuilder · 1 pointr/writing

This was really helpful, thank you. When you say 'pick a story', have you ever come across a comprehensive list of stories? I've read 20 Master Plots by Ronald Tobias but they seem to be more generic and keywordy like 'underdog' rather than the phrasing you've given which I find sparks more of an image, "sometimes sacrifice is necessary".

u/centaurquestions · 1 pointr/shakespeare

It comes with this edition of the play.

u/jeexbit · 1 pointr/Seattle

OP, read this book NOW - seriously.

u/PatricioINTP · 1 pointr/books

Not quite as hard core as you have done, but I actually do like it when an author forces you to learn a language as the story goes on. Shogun is an example of this, where both you and the British protagonist have to learn Japanese to get by. The mini-series did this too a bit.

I have done what you did though with this book. Prepare to roll your eyes!

u/LordDinglebury · 1 pointr/nfl

You should check out "e: a novel," by Matt Beaumont. The whole book consists of emails written by the employees of a fictitious British ad agency. It's hilarious.

u/Mugiwara04 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I read a novel that combined Jane Austen (without the humour, basically just the era and setting) and dragons. Like, dragons in a society like that. Part of the culture was for lords and landowners to go around and inspect the offspring of the people living on their land. They'd kill and eat the runts.

That book was pretty cool. It was a civilization with dragon lawyers, but also where you could have ritual combat to the death acceptable as an "argument" in a court of law.

Sorry I guess that's not really relevant but your comment reminded me of it.

Edit: aha. Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton. Apparently the correct comparison isn't Jane Austen but Anthony Trollope.

u/entrelac · 1 pointr/nerdgirls

If you're looking for comics about realistic people instead of superheroes, I recommend Strangers in Paradise or Box Office Poison.

u/serenityveritas · 1 pointr/books

The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett

It's my favorite non-fiction book and it pushed me into being pre-med in college. Obviously not about the Cold War (although some of it takes places during then) but it's really well researched and fascinating.

u/BurnedShoes · 1 pointr/writing
u/pantherwest · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

The Best of Roald Dahl - a great collection of short stories.

The Portable Door by Tom Holt - funny & a good story.

Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich - fast-paced, entertaining non-fiction.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby - better than the movie. Easy read, funny.

u/nthing2seehere · 1 pointr/insanepeoplefacebook

The guy wrote a book about suing Taylor Swift
Why I sued Taylor Swift

u/Coloradical27 · 1 pointr/ELATeachers

Hi, your research projects sound like a good start. I would change the project about "tragic hero" to "tragic flaw" or "tragic act." I worked with some Shakespeare scholars this summer and they said the idea of the tragic hero came about recently and it is anachronistic with Shakespeare.

Also, I don't know if you've already planned your whole unit, but I strongly recommend using the [Shakespeare Set Free] ( curriculum from the Folger Shakespeare library to help you with your lessons. It is all about close reading and making Shakespeare fun. I cannot recommend it enough. Good luck!

u/Ebriate · 1 pointr/worldnews

Oh this epidemic is in the infant stage. It's simple math. He will understand when the hot zone is Africa.
Ebola is a ping pong ball the closer people are compacted population wise

Read this book if you want some truth and not current population concentrations of an infant epidemic
Thanks sponsz for getting it.

u/Finie · 1 pointr/politics

There's a book along these lines: Ella Minnow Pea.