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Chris Colfer's latest book The Land Of Stories: Worlds Collide comes out this week, marking the sixth and final release in the franchise. First rising to prominence in 2009 for his critically acclaimed and award-winning role as Kurt Hummel on , Colfer has since excelled at everything he has put his mind to, whether it be acting or writing. With prestigious titles in both professions, it seems like Mr. Colfer can do no wrong — and rightly so.

As one era ends for the actor-turned-author, a brand new one begins as he is set to write and direct a film adaptation of his first Land of Stories novel, The Wishing Spell. Thus, what better time to take a look at five reasons why the world loves the multi-talented ?

He Is A Gifted Writer

[Credit: New York Times Books via Facebook]
[Credit: New York Times Books via Facebook]

Considering the fact that he does such an amazing job as an actor, it's a testament to Colfer that he is equally good at something else. His acclaimed The Land Of Stories book series is a New York Times best-selling series, with each individual book ranking high on the list — making him a five time New York Times bestselling author. The series is beloved by children (and adults) and continues to thrive upon this week's release of the final installment.

But the author also has a knack for fiction, having written two YA books: Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal and Stranger Than FanFiction. I had the pleasure of reading them both and it's clear to see why there's a future for Colfer in the YA market. His brilliant, witty narration always pairs exceptionally well with the vivid characters he has crafted in the books, and he isn't afraid to use the platform to discuss important issues through these well-developed characters. While I loved both of his YA outings, I've no problem admitting that Stranger Than FanFiction made me smile, laugh and cry — something a book rarely makes me do.

But the writing doesn't stop there, as Colfer also happens to be a very talented screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for his 2012 film Struck By Lightning, as well as executive producing and starring in it. The film is an independent gem that is very relevant to many young people and it's also got some great, hilarious moments, particularly between Colfer and Rebel Wilson. Moreover, he wrote the Season 5 episode of Glee "Old Dog, New Tricks" which was one of the best episodes of the season.

With Colfer set to write and direct film, The Wishing Spell, for Twentieth Century Fox as well as writing and starring in the pilot for potential series , this creative genius isn't running out of amazing ideas anytime soon.

He Is An Amazing Actor

Fan-favourite: Colfer as Kurt Hummel in "Glee." [Credit: FOX]
Fan-favourite: Colfer as Kurt Hummel in "Glee." [Credit: FOX]

Perhaps best known for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on Glee, Chris Colfer has been constantly recognized for his amazing performance. He shocked the world back in 2011 when he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor at the young age of 20. He was also nominated for two Emmy Awards and won three consecutive People's Choice Awards from 2013 - 2015 for his performance.

Kurt was one of the most beloved characters on the show and was constantly involved in major storylines. Whether it was the coming out storyline with his father or the budding relationship he had with "Warbler" Blaine Anderson (the almighty "Klaine") — Kurt was, for many, the heart and soul of Glee. And that was down to Colfer's relatable performance. As Kurt, he had that ability to make you laugh with a single line and cry with a single look.

His strong acting chops were once again on display in Struck By Lightning, where he excelled as the arrogant and angry Carson Phillips. He also had two hilarious guest appearances on Hot In Cleveland and had moviegoers laughing with his unforgettable performance as Christopher in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

Undoubtedly one of the greatest young actors in the world at the moment, I hope we get to see Colfer back on our TV screens again very soon, because he thrives in front of the camera.

He Has An Incredible Voice

Colfer may be known for his acting and his writing, but something he should be equally recognized for is his singing. Having regularly performed moving solos and heartfelt duets on Glee, Colfer's vocal range is out of this world.

I had the pleasure of hearing him sing live at the Glee Live Tour back in 2011 and can honestly say that his voice is even stronger in person. With the ability to perform sassy Broadway numbers, pop classics and powerful ballads, Colfer's Kurt Hummel found himself giving the almighty Rachel Berry a run for her money on more than one occasion. From Whitney Houston to Madonna, Kurt could literally sing anything and was rightfully recognized as one the best singers on TV.

With upcoming novels and film appearances, Colfer is keeping his writing and acting talent alive and well — I only hope that we get to hear him sing again too. With a voice described as both powerful and angelic by fans and critics, it would be a shame if we didn't get to hear him sing once more.

Single Ladies

Hips don't lie: Colfer dancing to "Single Ladies." [Credit: FOX]
Hips don't lie: Colfer dancing to "Single Ladies." [Credit: FOX]

Some moments will live on in TV history forever: "Who Shot J.R?", Buffy vs. Dracula, and of course, the final episode of Friends. Then there's Glee's Kurt Hummel dancing perfectly in sync to Beyonce's "Single Ladies" in his bedroom while wearing a unitard. He was also accompanied by Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Brittany (Heather Morris — who was brought in to teach the choreography to the actors and ended up staying on as Brittany).

Colfer kept up with the professionals and added an element of sass to the choreography that we never knew it needed. From this hilarious moment on, we knew Kurt was the one to watch and it instantly transformed the supporting character into a main player.

The moment is one that we will never forget and every single time I hear "Single Ladies," I can't help but smile, remembering this moment of TV genius.

He's An Inspiration To So Many People

Colfer wins his first of three People's Choice Awards. [Credit: CBS]
Colfer wins his first of three People's Choice Awards. [Credit: CBS]

Despite all of the other completely valid reasons, perhaps the main reason why the world loves Chris Colfer so much is because he's an inspiration. At the young age of 27, he's a Golden Globe winning actor, #1 New York Times best-selling author and Grammy nominated singer who is about to make his directorial debut. He is the personification of everything Glee stood for, and this makes him an inspiration to anybody with dreams — so basically, all of us.

Speaking of Glee, his character's entire storyline dealt with important issues that were incredibly relevant at the time and had never been done on TV before. The bullying Kurt endured for being an openly gay teenager shined a light on what was happening all around the world as it wasn't dealt with enough in the media before then. For many it was shocking, but it was highlighting the fact that society was accepting people for who they were. Colfer used the platform of Glee to relay that nobody should be afraid of being who they really are. Stemming from this, he is an active supporter of the "It Gets Better" campaign, for which he produced an "It Gets Better" video.

It Gets Better: Colfer's campaign advert.
It Gets Better: Colfer's campaign advert.

He also supports the adoption of animals from shelters, having adopted both his cat Brian and dog Cooper, both of whom feature regularly on his social media accounts.

Colfer's inspiring work saw him featured on the cover of Time magazine, listed as one of their 100 most influential people in 2011, at the young age of 20. And while he constantly jokes that he may not have been a good influence, you can rest assured that the rest of the world feels differently.

Drops the mic. [Credit: FOX]
Drops the mic. [Credit: FOX]

There you have it, just some of the countless reasons why the world loves Chris Colfer. With all this fame and success surrounding him, he has remained grounded and seems like a really down to Earth, nice guy. If there was ever a young man who was meant to be part of the entertainment world, it's Chris Colfer. He can act, write, sing (and dance) and he manages to do all this while being an inspiration to so many kids out there.

Having already accomplished so much at the young age of 27, expect to see Colfer sticking around, both in our bookstores and on our TV screens. This creative genius has so much more to give.

The Land Of Stories: Worlds Collide is out now! Are you excited or will you miss the annual adventure? Let us know in the comments below!


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