J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books have been named the best young adult novels in a new online poll. The seven-book series about a boy wizard was voted as the favourite by Entertainment Weekly readers in a month-long poll.
Rowling's beloved novels beat out 63 other acclaimed books, including Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.
Potter nabbed the top spot after it came head to head with John Green's The Fault in Our Stars in the final two.
Green's story of young cancer patients in love will be translated onto the big screen next year (14), with The Descendants star Shailene Woodley in the lead role.
James Cameron's record-breaking blockbuster Titanic has been voted the biggest tearjerker of all time. The 1997 disaster movie, which stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as unlikely lovers on the doomed liner, came top in a British poll of the most heartbreaking movies, with 24 per cent of the vote, beating Les Miserables into second place.
Third in the survey for consumer website FreeDeliveryLand.co.uk was animated Disney classic Bambi, with 2011's War Horse in fourth place. Steven Spielberg's alien film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial rounded out the top five.
A spokesman for the website says, "Though not everyone would admit it, we've all cried at a film at one point in our life. Titanic has the perfect combination of factors to make it the nation's favourite tearjerker. It has the epic plot, the doomed lovers and extremely moving music."
A Charlie Brown Christmas has topped a new U.S. poll to find the greatest holiday TV episode of all time. The cartoon festive classic, which first appeared on U.S. TV screens in the mid-1960s, has beaten out Boris Karloff's turn as the Grinch in the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 1986's Cheers Christmas special and Seinfeld's Festivus episode in TV Guide's new survey.
Rankin & Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1994's My So-Called Life holiday episode and Married... With Children's 1987 festive hit also make the top 10.
Shania Twain has been named country music's Most Beautiful Woman by readers of Country Weekly magazine. The Canadian beat out Terri Clark, Reba McEntire and newcomer Lauren Alaina, among others, to land the 2013 title.
Last week (ends15Nov13) singer Gary Allen topped the publication's sexiest man poll, beating out the likes of Luke Bryan and Toby Keith.
David Tennant has been named Britain's favourite ever Time Lord ahead of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary celebrations. The Scot played the time-travelling Doctor between 2005 and 2010 and has topped a poll by RadioTimes.com to find viewers' most beloved incarnation of the cult TV figure.
He gained 56 per cent of the vote, followed by current Time Lord Matt Smith, who will be stepping down later this year (13) to make way for the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
In third was Tom Baker, who played the character from 1974 to 1981, fourth went to Christopher Eccleston, who only lasted one run when the show was rebooted in 2005. The top five was rounded out by 1960s Doctor Who Patrick Troughton.
Meanwhile Tennant's sidekick, Billie Piper, was named as best companion, followed by Elisabeth Sladen and Catherine Tate.
A 50th anniversary special will air in the U.K. later this month (Nov13).
Singer Gary Allan has been named country music's sexiest man by readers of Country Weekly magazine. The It Ain’t the Whiskey hitmaker came out on top after a month-long poll, beating out the likes of Luke Bryan and Toby Keith. Allan takes over from Christian Kane, who topped the list last year (12).
Newly-engaged Glee star Naya Rivera has topped a new Latin Hot List poll. The sexy star, who plays lesbian Santana on the hit show, graces the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, wearing only high heels, a black bodice and jewellery around her neck after editors picked her ahead of writers Jonas Cuaron and Daniel Alarcon, singer Draco Rosa and rapper Becky G, among others to top their latest list.
Pop star Katy Perry has dethroned Justin Bieber as the most popular person on Twitter.com after racking up 46.51 million followers online. The Roar hitmaker managed to edge out Bieber's 46.49 million on Monday (04Nov13) to claim the title, which he had held since January (13), when he toppled Lady Gaga with his then-33.3 million-strong collective.
Gaga now sits at three on the micro-blogging popularity list with 40.39 million followers, while Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake also feature in the new Twitter top 10.
Meanwhile, Gaga still reigns supreme on Facebook.com, where she boasts 60.35 million 'likes', eclipsing Perry's 59.25 million and Bieber's 57.27 million.
British boyband One Direction are the most powerful stars on Twitter.com, according to a new poll. Liam Payne tops the PeerIndex countdown of the U.K.'s most influential tweeters with more than 13 million followers. The rest of the group - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik - respectively take up the rest of the top five.
Other Brits to make the top 10 include Ed Sheeran, Prime Minister David Cameron, newsman Piers Morgan, comic Stephen Fry, writer Caitlin Moran, and funnyman Ricky Gervais.
PeerIndex founder Azeem Azhar says, "As Twitter has become more mainstream, the top 140 starts to resemble the contours of popular culture and power, the footballers, politicians and boy bands."
The results are based on the amount of followers, use of the site and how many re-tweets their posts receive.
Fun-loving film fans want to be superhero Thor and The Hunger Games' Katniss for Halloween in America this year (13). Bosses at movie ticket website Fandango.com have surveyed movie buffs to find out which costumes are most popular for parties and trick-or-treating and Chris Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence's characters have come out on top.
Among men, Henry Cavill's Superman and Iron Man are also popular, while Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West from Oz: The Great & Powerful and Elizabeth Banks' The Hunger Games character Effie Trinket come in second and third, respectively, for women.
Meanwhile, Despicable Me's Minions have topped Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. and Monsters University as the most popular kids costumes this year.