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Love 'Reign'? Three British princess books to dive into

Just admit it: you’re head over heels for Reign. Ratings for the racy CW drama have been steadily rising – look no further than Thursday’s lavish wedding episode, which earned its highest viewership of the season – which seem to indicate the market for edgy princess drama is holding its own.

And with good reason. The 16th century, with its corseted dresses, complicated transnational politics, torrid affairs, absurd wigs and class struggles, has long inspired period television drama and film. Hundreds of authors have been similarly inspired, penning a host of deliciously scandalous offerings meant to satisfy your craving for all things bejeweled, lusty and forbidden. So if you’re longing for more after Reign’s last episode, there are plenty of books to choose from. Here’s a look at three of our very favorite princess books, complete with epic romance, sprawling castles, the Queen’s English, and a gripping storyline revolving around a throne at stake. READ FULL STORY

England's iconic authors dress up as favorite children’s book characters in photo exhibit

Renowned British fiction writer Neil Gaiman is pictured looking sly in black-and-white makeup and a burgundy crushed velvet blazer. He’s Badger, of course, from The Wind in the Willows. Then there’s Children’s Laureate author Malorie Blackman, transformed into a terrifying Wicked Witch of the West. There are other English authors, too – Terry Pratchett, Cressida Cowell, Terry Jones and Steven Butler – all dressed up and looking quite convincing as their very favorite children’s book characters.

More than 20 of the U.K.’s most celebrated authors and storytellers took part in a one-of-a-kind opportunity to dress up as their fictional favorites, ranging from Mary Poppins (National Laureate for Storytelling Katrice Horsley), trickster Till Eulenspiegel (poet and children’s author Michael Rosen) and a convincing Jekyll and Hyde (novelist Anthony Horowitz). The photos, meant to appeal to young and more mature readers alike, will be featured in an interactive exhibit at England’s Story Museum.

“I think that anything that preserves stories, that encourages stories, that will lead children to find stories that they might not otherwise stumble across is great,” said author Charlie Higson, in a statement, who chose to dress up as Boromir from Lord of the Rings. “And to have a center where people can tell stories, the very earliest form of storytelling, and writers will enjoy going to, is a great thing.”

The exhibit – titled 26 Characters – will run from April 5 through November 2.

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