France Télévisions and the BBC invite the French to vote for their favorite book

French people aged seven and up are called, until May 18, to indicate their three favorite books as part of a vast operation navigating the renewed interest in reading observed during the first confinement of 2020.

Asterix the Gaul, The stranger Where The little Prince ? France Télévisions and the BBC invite the French to choose their “favorite book”, without “any pre-established list”, as part of a vast operation without precedent in France, unveiled on Tuesday before a television program this fall. “We all have a book that has marked us more than another in our lives and this is an opportunity to make it known”Géry Leymergie, deputy director general in charge of content at BBC Studios France, explained to AFP.

Inspired by a British format, the operation, which takes advantage of the renewed interest in reading observed during the first confinement of 2020, will be carried out in three phases, in collaboration with the parisian, france blue and Tik Tok, according to a statement. Before the Paris Book Festival (April 22-24, of which France Télévisions is a partner), and until May 18, French people aged seven and up are invited to indicate on the website ftvetvous.fr/livrefavori your three favorite books, which only need to have been published in French to be eligible. Then, from July 18 to September 4, fifty personalities will present the first fifty most cited books in short programs broadcast by France Télévisions antennas, and viewers will again be called to vote online based on this ranking. The final result will be presented during an evening broadcast on France 2 this fall.

“Make Connections”

In the UK, where the concept was born, the show the big read revealed in 2003 a final ranking”very eclectic from 1984 George Orwell rubbed shoulders pride and prejudice by Jane Austen Harry Potter by JK Rowling, as well as winnie the pooh by Alan Alexander Milne», Lord of the Rings of JRR Tolkien occupying then the first place in the heart of the British, according to Géry Leymergie.“Our ambition is to provide great popular entertainment”, summarized with AFP Michel Field, director of culture and performing arts of France Télévisions. At a time when streaming platforms and social networks share the attention of readers and viewers, “It’s about making connections”believe, remembering that “Thousands of young people rushed to bookstores to discover Maurice Leblanc after Omar Sy’s Lupine on Netflix!”

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