What’s your favorite book ? New French study calls for nominations

You can now vote for your three best books in a new and vast operation by France Télévisions and the BBC, which asks French people aged seven and over to nominate their favourites.

The campaign invites people to name their three favorite books, as many people rediscovered their interest in reading during the first lockdown of 2020. Bookstores were eventually classified as ‘essential businesses’ during the crisis after an outcry when they are closed.

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It was inaugurated during the Festival du Livre in Paris, which took place from April 22 to 24.

The event is the first of its kind in France, and will invite people to nominate titles without offering a “pre-established list first”. It is organized in partnership with Le Parisien, France Bleu and the social media platform TikTok.

Participants can nominate three titles via the website ftvetvous.fr/livrefavori. To be nominated, the book must have been published in French, which means that a French version must exist. The deadline is May 18.

From July 18 to September 4, 50 leading personalities will present the 50 most nominated books on short programs on France Télévisions. Viewers will then be asked to choose their favorites from this shortlist.

The latest favorite will be presented in a special broadcast on France 2 in the fall.

Géry Leymergie, deputy director of BBC Studios France, told AFP“We all have a book that has impacted us more than others in our lives, and now is the perfect time to let everyone know about it.”

The competition was inspired by a 2003 UK program called The Big Read. He found JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to be a UK favourite.

Other shortlisted works include 1984 by George Orwell, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling and Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne.

Michel Field, director of culture and live entertainment at France Télévisions, told AFP: “Our ambition is to offer great popular entertainment”.

He said that at a time when streaming platforms and social media are so popular, “it’s about making connections” between great television and great books. He said: “Thousands of young people rushed to bookstores to discover Maurice Leblanc after [actor] Lupine by Omar Sy on Netflix!”

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