Chicken Soup for the Soul
is a series of books, usually featuring a collection of short and dense inspirational stories and motivational essays. The 101 stories in the first book of the series were compiled by motivational speaker
A motivational speaker or inspirational speaker is a speaker who makes speeches intended to motivate or inspire an audience. In a business context, they are employed to communicate company strategy with clarity and help employees to see the future in a positive light and inspire workers to pull...
s Jack Canfield
Jack Canfield is an American motivational speaker and author. He is best known as the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which currently has nearly 200 titles and 112 million copies in print in over 40 languages...
and Mark Victor Hansen
Mark Victor Hansen is an American inspirational and motivational speaker, trainer and author. He is best known as the founder and co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series....
There have been over 200 titles. Many of the books are directed at specific groups of people, such as Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul
, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul
, Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul
, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People
, Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul
, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Relationships
, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad
The first book sold millions of copies and launched the series. There are now over 100 million copies in print and in 54 languages worldwide. The Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
series, consisting of over 14 titles, is one of the first series of non-fiction books which have sold directly to teens in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.
The series has spawned a number of imitators and parodies including Chicken Soup for the Vegetarian's Soul
and MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head
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: Chicken Soup for the Butt
, as well as a line of licensed products, including greeting card
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s, calendars, gift products, pet food
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, clothing, games, DVD
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s, and Bible
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s. A parody can also be found within the PC game A Vampyre Story
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: a book titled Chicken Soup For Those Without A Soul
is in the library. In 1999, Jessica Zafra
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released a parody of the book called Chicken Pox For The Soul, full of cynical suggestions such as "While being madly in love is fun, perhaps one should aspire to be sanely in love".
The name "Chicken Soup For The Soul" was chosen for this series because of the use of chicken soup
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as a home remedy for the sick, and therefore it was "good for the body." The inspirational stories included in this series were meant to be "good for the soul."
From 1993 to 2008, Chicken Soup for the Soul books were published by Health Communications, Inc. In 2008, the founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, sold a major stake in the company to a new ownership group led by William J. Rouhana and Robert D. Jacobs. All the latest titles in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series (beginning in 2008) are published by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, and distributed by Simon & Schuster
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. Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC also licenses the right to use its trademark to licensees through IMG.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC launched an umbrella entertainment division, Chicken Soup for the Soul Presents
, which struck a deal with Screen Media Films
-Selected Films:*Noel *Intimate Affaires * *The City of Your Final Destination...
to distribute family-friendly movies on DVD, home video and video on demand
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