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14 Pop Culture Coloring Books for Adults

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Still waiting on that next season of Game of Thrones or Sherlock? Missing Breaking Bad? Ease the pain with one of these pop culture-themed coloring books. As we’ve mentioned before, these books aren’t just for kids anymore. Adults have been utilizing coloring as an effective way to unwind and manage stress. And since you’re going to be breaking out your colored pencils, it might as well be to add some color to Harry Styles’s face.

1. HARRY POTTER COLORING BOOKS

Wizards rejoice! Soon there will be a whole series of Harry Potter coloring books for you to enjoy. Scholastic is already selling a general Harry Potter version with more specific topics like creatures, artifacts, and magical places and characters coming soon. Finally you can give Hogwarts the color makeover you always wanted. You just have to wait for the book to come back in stock.

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2. GAME OF THRONES

The elaborate and ornate world of Game of Thrones offers plenty of complex designs and patterns to color in. From the lavish castle in King’s Landing to the twisty Weirwoods in the North, there is no shortage of incredible scenes to color. There are 45 illustrations in total, drawn by artists Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomić, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold.

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3. DOCTOR WHO

Color your way through 96 timey-wimey illustrations from Doctor Who. There are planets, galaxies, villains, heroes, the Doctor, and the TARDIS, all ready to be filled in with colored pencils. This coloring book does not come out until February, but you can order the UK version right now. 

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4. SHERLOCK

Here is another English classic for your coloring pleasure. The book contains over 50 scenes and cast images from the show to color, but the most intriguing part is the clues. One clue from each episode is hidden in the book’s pages, and will only be revealed as you complete the scene.

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5. TOLKIEN’S WORLD

Enjoy coloring Tolkien’s vast Middle-earth, from the Trees of the Valar to Mount Doom. This unofficial coloring book was created by illustrators Ian Miller, Allan Curless, and Mauro Mazzara, and comes with 90 pages of intricate artwork.

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6. HARRY STYLES

Get lost coloring in the eyes of One Direction’s front man Harry Styles. Ever wonder what Harry would look like as a blonde? Now you can find out! You can also design and draw some cool tattoos for the singer to sport. Once you finish coloring, you hang up your work with this themed duct tape

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7. THRILL MURRAY

Over 10 illustrators have come together to create a celebration of the enigmatic Bill Murray. You can color him in some of his best roles like The Life Aquatic, Ghostbusters, and Lost in Translation.

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8. CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS

Remember the classics with this old school coloring book. You can color in posters of such films as Gone With the Wind, North by Northwest and 28 other timeless classics. If you would like to change Clark Gable’s hair to a lovely shade of green, no one can stop you.

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9. DONALD TRUMP

“Let’s Make Coloring Great Again!” This Donald Trump-themed coloring book takes a look at some of the things the GOP candidate could accomplish in office. Color in awe as Trump meets with aliens, defeats Kim Jong-un in Connect Four, and finds his way onto Mount Rushmore. Love him or hate him, this is the perfect coloring book for all your political pals.

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10. TED CRUZ

This 24-page coloring book is a little more self-serious than the Trump version. The book offers colorable pages as well as direct quotes from Cruz about his political stance and ideas for the country.

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11. HILLARY CLINTON

For the liberal counterpart to Ted Cruz’s coloring book, try Hillary Clinton's version. This coloring book follows Clinton from childhood to her campaign for presidency.

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12. BREAKING BAD

While Breaking Bad might be over, the love of the show remains strong. You can relive the action with Gus, Jesse, Skyler, and the rest of the gang thanks to this 80-page coloring and activity book. You better break out a blue crayon!

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13. STAR WARS

The excitement of the new Star Wars movie is probably enough to make you a nervous wreck, so chill out with this relaxing coloring book. The clever book takes symbols and objects from the Star Wars world and turns them into abstract, kaleidoscopic designs.

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14. BUN B’S RAPPER COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOK

This is the perfect activity book for any hip hop lover. There are 48 pages of coloring and activities including some notable names like Kanye West, Earl Sweatshirt, Tupac, and Drake.

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Dedicated Middle School Teacher Transforms His Classroom Into Hogwarts
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It would be hard to dread back-to-school season with Kyle Ely as your teacher. As ABC News reports, the instructor brought a piece of Hogwarts to Evergreen Middle School in Hillsboro, Oregon by plastering his classroom with Harry Potter-themed decor.

The journey into the school's makeshift wizarding world started at his door, which was decorated with red brick wall paper and a "Platform 9 3/4" sign above the entrance. Inside, students found a convincing Hogwarts classroom complete with floating candles, a sorting hat, owl statues, and house crests. He even managed to recreate the starry night sky effect of the school’s Great Hall by covering the ceiling with black garbage bags and splattering them with white paint.

The whole project cost the teacher around $300 to $400 and took him 70 hours to build. As a long-time Harry Potter fan, he said that being able to share his love of the book series with his students made it all pay off it. He wrote in a Facebook post, "Seeing their faces light up made all the time and effort put into this totally worth it."

Inside of Harry Potter-themed classroom.

Inside of Harry Potter-themed classroom.

Inside of Harry Potter-themed classroom.

Though wildly creative, the Hogwarts-themed classroom at Evergreen Middle School isn't the first of its kind. Back in 2015, a middle school teacher in Oklahoma City outfitted her classroom with a potions station and a stuffed version of Fluffy to make the new school year a little more magical. Here are some more unique classroom themes teachers have used to transport their kids without leaving school.

[h/t ABC News]

Images courtesy of Kyle Ely.

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How the Rise of Paperback Books Turned To Kill a Mockingbird Into a Literary Classic
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If you went to middle or high school in the U.S. in the last few decades, chances are you’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's now-classic novel (which was adapted into a now-classic film) about racial injustice in the South. Even if you grew up far-removed from Jim Crow laws, you probably still understand its significance; in 2006, British librarians voted it the one book every adult should read before they die. And yet the novel, while considered an instant success, wasn’t always destined for its immense fame, as we learned from the Vox video series Overrated. In fact, its status in the American literary canon has a lot to do with the format in which it was printed.

To Kill a Mockingbird came out in paperback at a time when literary houses were just starting to invest in the format. After its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird was reviewed favorably in The New York Times, but it wasn’t the bestselling novel that year. It was the evolution of paperbacks that helped put it into more hands.

Prior to the 1960s, paperbacks were often kind of trashy, and when literary novels were published in the format, they still featured what Vox calls “sexy covers,” like a softcover edition of The Great Gatsby that featured a shirtless Jay Gatsby on the cover. According to a 1961 article in The New York Times, back in the 1950s, paperbacks were described as “a showcase for the ‘three S’s—sex, sadism, and the smoking gun.’” But then, paperbacks came to schools.

The mass-market paperback for To Kill a Mockingbird came out in 1962. It was cheap, but had stellar credentials, which appealed to teachers. It was a popular, well-reviewed book that earned Lee the Pulitzer Prize. Suddenly, it was in virtually every school and, even half a century later, it still is.

Learn the whole story in the video below from Vox.

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