Walking down the street holding hands with your boyfriend is one of life’s more romantic gestures. But what if your boyfriend is one of the most famous actors of all time? Well, you might want to reconsider that decision. Your hands (and the rest of you) could be going up in smoke.
Yes, Robert Pattinson is finally reaching the age where he can be considered an “adult” in the eyes of the law. And it’s the most wonderful time of his life. On Tuesday, the 25-year-old will celebrate reaching age 12 by releasing his first book, “The Book of Pattinson,” which he designed and hand-illustrated. While he’s never really been a kid, now is the time to grow up and become a man of literature. It’s a momentous occasion for the actor, whose fans include both Harry Potter and the Twilight fans, among others.
The Perfect Age to Watch “Harry Potter”
If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a Harry Potter fan or an aspiring one. And if you’re a fan, you’ll be keen to see Robert Pattinson in the films. Now is the perfect time to see the actor play a character that is so important to you, especially since this is the final year of the HP series. It’s been five years since the movies last graced our screens, and it’s an important milestone to see the franchise come to an end. We can’t say it enough times: it’s been an amazing ride, one that’s inspired many of us, and it’s truly been a pleasure.
While the last movie was heartbreaking, the wait for the next movie is almost over. J.K. Rowling announced a few weeks ago that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be the final Harry Potter installment. So, now that the movies are winding down, fans can focus on reading the series finale, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” And that’s exactly what we plan to do. We’re sure that Rowling will write the story of Dumbledore’s adventures for years to come, but now is the time for Harry Potter to go out with a bang, one that will leave many readers in tears but also fill them with joy.
Actors, Authors, and Illustrators: A Life in Pictures
What does an “author” do? Well, in this case, he or she writes the books. But there’s also an “actor” and an “illustrator,” among other titles. Robert Pattinson is quite the polymath, having acted in blockbusters as well as small indies, all while penning his own poetry, painting, and designing his own clothing lines. In fact, he recently designed a watch line for J.M. WESTON, featuring the face of the late, legendary rock star, David Bowie. We can’t recommend designing your own watch enough. It’s such an immersive experience, and one that has left us wanting more. As a designer, you’re not just writing a book – you’re living it.
As we’ve established, Robert Pattinson is a man of many talents. But he’s not the only famous person who turned 12 this year. American writer and poet Emily Dickinson turned 12 in March, and the same month, novelist Vladimir Nabokov, American poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Scottish author and explorer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle all turned 12. It seems like last year wasn’t a year of turning 12, but rather, a year of famous person birthdays. Let’s have a look at some of the celebrities who turned 12 in 2018:
1. Emily Dickinson
The renowned American writer Emily Dickinson wrote only 74 poems in her lifetime. But the world still celebrates her prolificacy, with more than 200 poems having been published posthumously in the past century. The latest collection of poems, “The Complete Works of Emily Dickinson,” was published in 2018 to rave reviews, and it’s already debuted at number three on the New York Times bestseller list. While some of the poems in this collection were written as early as 1847 and published in magazines and newspapers, the majority were written in the 1860s and were first published posthumously in the book. This is the first time that all of Dickinson’s poems have been gathered in one volume. Let’s hope this inspires more people to write and publish, as there are thousands of poems waiting to be shared with the world. Sadly, Dickinson died penniless and unknown in 1886, but her legacy lives on.
2. Arthur Conan Doyle
The creator of Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous consulting detective, Arthur Conan Doyle also wrote poems, short stories, and novels. While most of his work is now considered part of the crime genre, Doyle was actually the first to introduce the idea of the consulting detective in his 1888 book, “The Final Problem.” That work also marked the beginning of his long and successful writing career. His other famous literary works include “Micawber” and “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” Conan Doyle died in 1930, eight months after his wife, Helen, and he had become gravely ill from tuberculosis. This disease was prevalent at the time and greatly affected the world of literature. In 2018, the year of Doyle’s birth anniversary, Harper’s Bazaar released a special edition celebrating the author’s life and work. Let’s hope this inspires more people to read and write the great detective’s works. Sadly, Conan Doyle’s works are still considered “unadaptable” for film or television, which is a real shame, as many stories feature prominent stage actors and were made famous by being read aloud by famous British actors. Luckily, his works are still being read and his legacy lives on, thanks in part to the efforts of fans like yourself who want to see these stories told on the big screen. If you want to see Arthur Conan Doyle’s work brought to life on the big screen, then you can start by buying the films and games released by the Big Six: Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, Paramount, and The Walt Disney Company.
3. Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1899. He attended university in Berlin and Cambridge, England, where he studied literature and linguistics. In 1923, Nabokov became engaged to a Russian aristocrat named Ada Lovelace. They were married in the following year, and together, they had three children. In 1933, their son, Dmitri, was born with the genetic disorder, Gaucher’s disease. This disease caused widespread destruction of red blood cells and affected many areas of his body, including the spleen and liver. The young boy died at age eight in 1944.
Nabokov’s literary career took off in the 1930s, and he published his first book of poetry, “Poems,” in 1926. Though he had little formal education, Nabokov was a voracious reader who spent much of his time in Cambridge reading and taking notes on a vast array of books, which is probably how he learned to be such a good writer. His first novel, “Lolita,” was published in 1955 and went on to become one of the most famous and controversial novels of all time. It centers on the forbidden love affair of Humbert Humbert and Lolita, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. It was made into a film in 1962, and won the Golden Globe for best drama in 1962. This led to other works being adapted for film and television, including the 1988 miniseries “Lolita,” which was based on the novel and which also starred Jude Law as Humbert Humbert.
4. William Makepeace Thackeray
“The youngest of the famous literary Thackeries, William Makepeace Thackeray was born in London in 1848. He was the second of four children of Elizabeth Jane (née Holland) and William Makepeace Thackeray, a clergyman who became famous for writing the historical novel, “The History of Elizabeth,” as well as the story collections, “Pendennis,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” and “Thackeray.” He attended University College School and subsequently studied at Oriel College, where he distinguished himself as an orator and debater. After graduating, he became a school teacher. It was then that he began writing fiction, publishing his first novel, “Vanity Fair,” in 1874. Over the next decade, he wrote prolifically, publishing more than 20 novels and one volume of poetry. But he is perhaps best known for his satirical novel, “The Book of Snobs,” which was first published in 1881 and featured an all-star cast, including William Thackeray himself, who played the title character of Snob Wilkins.