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The Weird Week in Writing: Parents take Twilight to the next level, Tyra Banks banks on YA fantasy, and rejection letters amaze

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a weekend prompt):

“Dracula” is too old fashioned:Twilight-inspired monikers top the latest list of the most popular baby names in America.

Move over, Damon Wayans: Tyra Banks becomes the latest celebrity to score a book deal with three installments of the YA fantasy series Modelland. Expect Intoxibellas.

Breakfast at Truman’s: Now you can own legendary In Cold Blood scribe Truman Capote’s Brooklyn mansion. (For a slick 18 million.)

“I have a policy of not giving away locks of my hair”: Check out eight spectacularly odd missives from Bill Shapiro’s Other People’s Rejection Letters. (And we're curious: How do yours square up? What's the worst you've gotten?)

Read ‘em if you got ‘em: A German publisher has refurbed cigarette machines to satisfy cravings for local literature.

Victorian Justice: In this video, the Brontë Sisters Power Dolls take on the 19th-century Publishing Man. Complete with Super Disguise Mustaches. And boomerangs.

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