90s

There's A True Story Behind "The Notebook" And It'll Melt Your Heart

We all have seen the heart-wrenching masterpiece that is The Notebook. It's a story set across decades that proves that love remains firmly rooted in the hearts of those that never let go of the ones that they truly care for. We all wish we had lived out the romantic lives of Noah and Allie, but as it turns out, the story itself is based on two lovebirds very near and dear to the author, Nicholas Sparks. The plot of steadfast love was based on the author's grandparents-in-law, when he saw how doting they still were to one another after

70s

Jon From 'Garfield' May Have Murdered Odie's Real Owner

We all grew up watching Garfield on TV and reading his comic strips, but there's a lot we don't know about the famous orange cat. WikiaFor instance, where did Odie come from and how did he first meet Garfield? You may think that Jon Arbuckle bought him at a pet store like Garfield, but that's not the case. And after learning the real answer, fans only have more questions.It turns out Jon isn't Odie's originally owner. The dimwitted dog once belonged to Jon's roommate, Lyman. WikiaWondering why you've never heard of Lyman? The character only appeared in the late

80s

The 21 Absolute Weirdest 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Novels

When we were kids, we couldn't get enough of these addictive novels that put you in the driver's seat.Writer Edward Packard revolutionized kids' books when he wrote the first "Choose Your Own Adventure" novel, but his flagship series inspired some pretty odd titles. Here are 21 of the series' most bizarre entries:1. Prisoner of the Ant PeopleBantam BooksAs you can probably guess from this insane cover, this books puts you in the middle of inter-planetary intrigue as you combat the Evil Power Master and his Ant People. "Evil Power Master?" Isn't that name a little obvious? How about

80s

80s Movies That Taught Us Everything We Know About Life

Coming of age is not easy, but there were some movies that made it a little more bearable. It's also nice to know that Hollywood understood our anguish. Here are 8 movies from the '80s that taught us everything we needed to know as we transitioned from kids to young adults. The Outsiders (1983)S.E. Hinton's 1967 novel The Outsiders became an instant hit, which inspired the 1983 movie that had an all-star cast. We follow the life of young greaser Ponyboy Curtis, who struggles to do well in school and deal with an upper-class rival group. brokelynIf there's

80s

6 Facts About Reading Rainbow That You Won't Have To Take My Word For

Reading Rainbow was a fantastic series that I, like many others, spent many hours exploring the joys of literature with before running off to the local library to take out as many books as I could!The show seemed to have always been there, and in that time it touched the lives of kids all across America. Here are the interesting facts that you probably didn't know about one of the most colorful programs that is totally making a comeback today!The original show lasted for 26 yearsAmazonGoing on for more than two and a half decades is impressive by

80s

Best-Selling Children's Book 'The Paper Bag Princess' To Be Brought To The Big Screen

A 1980 best-selling children's book is set to become the next major motion picture.The Paper Bag Princess, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko centers around a courageous princess who goes to rescue her betrothed after a dragon kidnaps him, destroys her castle, and burns her clothes, leaving her with nothing to wear but a paper bag. After outsmarting the dragon, she ends her engagement with the ungrateful prince and dances off into the sunset. Gravity BreadFeminists have praised Munsch's classic picture book for writing the story in the point of view of a strong female protagonist.

70s

15 Valuable Archie Comics That'll Have You Searching Your Attic For Your Old Collection

When I was young I had so many issues of Archie's Double Digest you could've wallpapered my room with them and still had a few books left over.I can almost smell them now...BookwormWhile those mini-collections that we buy at the checkout lane aren't worth much, older Archie fans may have a few valuable issues tucked away in their collection. The great thing about Archie is year after year he only seems to get more popular, and that means the values of these 15 books have aged like fine wine.This list is in chronological order, so keep reading

90s

Nintendo's Gamebooks Used To Be The Hardest Thing We Had To Deal With, And We Miss That

If you were like me, you can probably thank your childhood spent playing video games for your strong reading skills today.I learned me grammar skills from games too.Know Your MemeNot only did we have to learn to read to master the games we played, but we also honed our skills on countless copies of Nintendo Power, that great monthly supply of tips, tricks and walkthroughs. But there were also a few great book series based on video games, including the Worlds of Power books.Pictured: how to write a book report in third grade and still have fun.