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In this post: Booking Through Thursday and Thursday Thirteen

Heidi asks:

Do you have siblings? Do they like to read?

As an only child I often wondered what it was like to have siblings who like to read. Would we have a contest on who could read how many books in a month? Share and discuss each other’s reads while munching chocolate? There were cousins. But all one did was devour comics while another read the same author I read hundreds of full moons ago – Irving Wallace. Parents regulated my reading pile, and Wallace wasn’t exactly on their list of approved material, so it was fun sharing the secret read with a cousin who did the same experiment. We were probably looking for supplemental info to our high school sex education. I’m a fan of my parents’ literary gifts; didn’t mind reading alone almost all the time.

Thursday 13: Famous siblings – except perhaps the last pair, there’s one common denominator among most of them: rivalry

1. Kate and Bianca in Taming of the Shrew– fought bitterly
2. Orlando and Oliver in As You Like It – relationship was marked by antagonism
3. Cain and Abel in the Bible – one brother’s jealousy led to murder
4. Leah and Rachel in the Bible – competed for the love of Jacob
5. Ares and Athena in Disney’s Hercules– competed over territory
6. Venus and Serena Williams, in tennis – compared with each other by the media
7. Janet and Michael Jackson, in music – compared with each other by the media
8. Rose and Maggie in In Her Shoes – alternately loving and argumentative
9. Michael and Fredo in The Godfather – their conflict was fatal
10. Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, advice columnists – very close and publicly antagonistic
11. Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine, actresses – had an uneasy relationship from childhood and later stopped talking to each other completely
12. Ann and Mary Boleyn, The Other Boleyn Girl – contended for the affection of King Henry VIII
13. Elinor and Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – two sisters very different in their ways of thinking and feeling

 Reference for nos. 1 – 11 here.

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