Trendsday: Why Is Ayn Rand Suddenly Everywhere?

Love her or hate her, you can’t deny the controversial impact of Ayn Rand. Just mentioning her name can illicit unpredictable and impassioned responses. When I first read and fell in love with The Fountainhead in college, I didn’t realize that becoming a Rand fan meant I was automatically an Objectivist and a heartless, self-serving Capitalist. While I do feel her philosophy lacks compassion and by no means consider myself an Objectivist, it’s still one of my all-time favorite books because of the complexity and intensity of the characters and plot.

Seems like I’m not the only one loving on Ayn. After the jump, the latest sign of Ayn Rand fever.

  • The Atlas Shrugged Miniseries: What should you do with a 1368-page, densely philosophical/science-fiction novel from 1957 about the railroad industry? Make it into a miniseries, starring Charlize Theron, of course. WHAT? How on earth will the geniuses in Hollywood pull that one off? I really can’t wait to see how they handle that 70-page monologue. [Gawker]
  • The Ayn Rand Flow Chart: If you’re feeling bored and want to explore your Individualism, check out this new chart called “How to Succeed as an Ayn Rand Character” that’s going viral across the interwebs. Answer the questions and follow yourself to jail, McDonalds, or communism. Hey, this might be a great board game for kids! [Buzzfeed]
  • Ayn Rand Jewelry: A vendor on is selling a super cute pendant featuring the words “Who is John Galt?” If you have no idea what that means, you’ll have to read Atlas Shrugged. Or, I guess wait for the miniseries. [Etsy]
  • Colbert vs. Rand: In this clip, Stephen Colbert pokes fun at The Economist, which reported a spike in the popularity of Atlas, a favorite of Republicans, since Obama took office. Colbert just seems happy that, “Things have gotten so desperate, Americans are actually reading.” Word.

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