You may remember a meme floating around Facebook over the last few months, in which friends would ask each other to share “10 books that have stayed with you" as a status update. The lists spread across the social network, with hundreds of thousands of Facebook users around the world ranking their favorite books. Now, Facebook has tallied up the full rankings across eight countries (that had at least 20,000 take part in the meme), to see which books where most beloved around the globe.
The list in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Philippines, Brazil, India and France were all dominated by one work: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The only country among the lists not topped by Harry Potter was Mexico (it ranked third), where One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez took the No. 1 spot.
The Bible on the other hand, didn’t fare as well. It ranked sixth for U.S. and U.K. readers, and barely cracked the top 10 in one other country, Brazil ... Discuss
During their hit Biblical miniseries epic The Bible, husband-and-wife producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett were surprised that an unlikely character was receiving so much attention. Viewers noticed that in some scenes the devil closely resembled President Obama. Burnett and Downey responded that the depiction was completely unintentional, saying, they have “nothing but respect and love our president, who is a fellow Christian.” In a recent column for USA Today, Downey said that in light of the controversy, they’ve decided to “cast out” Satan from the upcoming Son of God film (which is based on the miniseries).
[F]or our movie, Son of God, I wanted all of the focus to be on Jesus. I want his name to be on the lips of everyone who sees this movie, so we cast Satan out. It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the Son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time, no more distractions.
Son of God opens in theaters on Feb. 28 ... Discuss