Friday, April 29, 2011

The Secret

       The Secret is a best-selling 2006 self-help book written by Rhonda Byrne and based upon William Walker Atkinson's prior works and school of thought. A film based on The Secret was released before the book in DVD format. The tenet of the book is that focused positive thinking can have life-changing results such as increased wealth, health, and happiness. After being featured in two episodes of Oprah, the book reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list.
The book has also reached a high level of notoriety and criticism from those who claim that the book misleads readers with its claims of positive thinking being able to influence a reader's life and real-world outcomes. The film is largely influenced by Wallace D. Wattles' 1910 book The Science of Getting Rich.[1]
Rhonda Byrne has written a follow-up to The Secret called The Power, which was released on August 17, 2010. Byrne was inspired to write The Power after answering several thousand letters from readers of The Secret.

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The Princess Bride

     The Princess Bride is a 1973 fantasy novel written by William Goldman. It was originally published in the United States by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
The book combines elements of comedyadventurefantasyromance and fairy tale. It is presented as if it were an abridgment of a work by S. Morgenstern, and Goldman's 'commentary' asides are constant throughout.
It was made into a film of the same name in 1987 by Rob Reiner, and an attempt to adapt it into a musical was made by Adam Guettel.