While your little ones are searching for Easter eggs this weekend, I’ve got a different kind of Easter egg for book lovers. That’s right, we’re going to explore some of the best Easter eggs in books! For those who don’t know, an Easter egg is a hidden element that holds some significance to the author, reader or story itself. Easter eggs can be found in music, photos, movies, video games and more. Today, we’ll focus on some of my favorite Easter eggs from books.
THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS
Lewis Carroll fans were forever interested in learning who Alice was based on, with many thinking that she was based on Alice Liddell, a family friend. The answer as it turns out, was hidden in a poem near the end of the book called “A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky” which was a acrostic poem which proved that she was indeed based on “ALICE PLEASANCE LIDDELL”.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
In A series of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler,, author Daniel Handler hid many Easter eggs, both references and jokes, within the illustrations done by Brett Helquist at the end of the books. At the end of the first book for instance, the illustration showed a snake wrapped around a lightpost. Seemingly innocuous, it alluded to the name of the next book in the series titled “The Reptile Room”.
The Da Vinci Code
Author Dan Brown included an incredible Easter egg in the form of an encrypted code on the cover of the book. It was actually quite complicated, but the gist of it was that when the code was arranged properly, and read top to bottom, it spelled out THE DA VINCI CODE WILL SURFACE. Pretty neat, eh?
Stephen King’s Entire Works
Yes, you read that right. Apparently, Stephen King carefully intertwined Easter eggs throughout all of his works which wittily connects each of them. There are tons of connections and this article does ta great job of detailing and explaining them all.
I hope you enjoyed these fun Easter eggs ahead of Easter weekend! Are there any fun literary Easter eggs I missed? Share them with me in the comments!
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