With its amazing placement, France 2 wants to revive the taste for reading

With its amazing placement, France 2 wants to revive the taste for reading

Who of The little Princefrom Lord of the Ringsfrom Cyrano de Bergeracfrom in 1984from One piece or will it triumph over the other twenty titles from the final list (see box)? Answer on Thursday, from 21:10, on France 2 u Favorite book of the French. Michel Field and Camille Diao will reveal the results of this large online consultation.

First, Internet users are invited quote works of fiction of your own choosing, without a predetermined list. The fifty most popular were placed in the second round, in which “tens of thousands” of voters participated. Therefore, the Top 25 will be revealed on the show.

“What comes out of this shaker is amazing”

“It’s not scientific research, but an excuse to talk about fashion,” warns Michel Field. Everything is put in a shaker and what comes out is incredible. » In the list of classics such as poor, Hurricane Heights, Foam of the day or Stranger with mango (dragon ball, Attack of the Titans, Frantic…), contemporary novels (It’s high time to rekindle the stars, Changing the water for flowers…) and successful sagas (” Harry Potter “, ” Hunger Games “…).

“Many genres are represented. We will tell our guests that all forms of reading are equal,” says Camille Diao. “You can like super popular stuff and other more specialized stuff, Michel Field continues. We might incur the wrath of a purist, yes, we know that and assume so. It is important to praise the book, the literary professions, and those who bring this activity to life.

“The uncomplexed ones who say: ‘Reading is not for me'”

Favorite book of the French it is intended as a mainstream entertainment show. Several personalities (Juliette Binoche, Camille Lellouche, JoeyStarr, Vincent Delerm, Gilbert Montagné, Kheiron…) and authors (Joël Dicker, Mélissa Da Costa, Brigitte Giraud…) traveled to Strasbourg where the filming took place.

“There will be music quizzes about pop hits related to literature, tape recorders with anecdotes about books you think you know… The goal is to relieve people who have a terrible attitude towards reading and say to themselves “It’s not for me”. »

The program is inspired A great reada literary survey organized by the BBC in 2003. On the other side of the channel, Lord of the Rings stood out in front Pride and Prejudice etc At the crossroads of worlds. “It brought people back to bookstores and dramatically increased sales, up to +400% on chart-topping works. It was, of course, twenty years ago, but from the moment we talk about books in an entertaining way, we hope to have this kind of impact,” aims Solène Saint Gilles, responsible for cultural programs at France Télévisions.

Michel Field, wants to believe that the results will make people talk: “If people debate in front of their TV, we will provoke a conversation about the book and the public service will fulfill its mission. »

Twenty five for the top

The works on the scale are (in alphabetical order): in 1984, To the delight of the ladies, Frantic, Changing flower water, Cyrano de Bergerac, dragon ball, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, It’s high time to rekindle the stars, zero kilometer, Attack of the Titans, Foam of the day, Stranger, The truth about the Harry Québert affair, The Count of Monte Cristo, Perfume, The little Prince, Lord of the Rings, happy people read and drink coffee, Hurricane Heights, poor, Pillars of the earth, One piece, Pride and Prejudice, All the blue of the sky.

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