The most popular Arts and Entertainment stories of 2010
From the most controversial films ever to the most scandalous book bannings, your tastes this year have tended heavily towards the contentious and the profane.
The most popular picture gallery was our ' Banned' list of films - an article that ironically enough proved so controversial that we had to make a second list simply to satisfy the perverse whims of our readership.
Of course, 2010 hasn't all been pornography and depravity - you've found time for our top critic Anthony Quinn's 100 best films too, alongside lists of terrible sequels and even worse three-quels.
And to prove you aren't all philistines, you've devoured our lists of the best summer and winter reads, the Sony World Photography Awards and even the best bricks-and-mortar bookshops.
Hundreds of thousands of you were drawn to the news that Mark Twain's memoirs may finally be on the horizon, and just as many found themselves more than a little piqued by the details of Gandhi's apparently uproarious sex life. You were intrigued by the mysteries unravelled by the Hubble space telescope, and more than likely turned green with envy by French teenage parties which ended up like real-life episodes of Channel 4's youth show Skins.
So click on the links below to see the most popular arts galleries and articles of the year...
Twain is one of the USA's greatest writers, but he left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death - 2010.
Mohondas Gandhi is the father of modern India, and an adherent of chastity. That wasn't quite the whole story, though, contended his latest biographer Jad Adams.
The Channel 4 teen drama 'Skins' wasn't just make-believe for teenagers in France, who seemed to take it more as a manual for life.
The latest and most odious batch of TV tycoons-to-be.
Way back in January, it seems that quite a few of you were keen to catch a glimpse of the man himself.
Embracing a new medium in a digital age, we pay homage to a young Swedish artist using digital manipulation techniques to make new and unique photography.
At the start, few people thought the world-famous imaging satellite would ever take off. How wrong they were - we celebrate 20 years of gobsmacking cosmic imagery.
A rare blast of puritanism from France, as teenagers are banned from an exhibition celebrating their own sexuality.
It doesn't rain but it pours for Terry Gilliam's ill-starred Don Quixote movie - here we examine the latest in a series of disasters for the film-maker.
The Royal Mail attempts to get hip by enshrining classic records of changeable quality on a set of commemorative stamps.
A collection of the most shocking films in history.
Independent film critic Anthony Quinn's 20 favourite films of all time.
The ten most controversial books to have been banned in Britain and around the world.
A second helping of the most shocking films in history - this time suggested by you.
Just in time for Christmas, the 50 best books for the cold nights ahead.
Not controversial, these, and only shocking due to how bad they are, it's our list of the most disappointing 'three-quels' of all time.
Sneaking into this year's round-up are Sony's best photographs from around the world in 2009.
These are the 50 best books of this summer past - as chosen by The Independent's panel of experts.
It's not hard to explain the presence of this gallery in the Top 10 - it's Dita von Teese in a state of undress. For Art, you understand.
From Hackney to Hay-on-Wye, it's our guide to the best book shops in the country.
10 of the biggest non-Christmas turkeys you'll ever have the misfortune to see; we watched them so you won't have to!
Another 'arty' gallery of photographs, this time by national treasure Rankin. This one is definitely not safe for work...
We're not joking - didn't they used to look sweet, eh?
The best entries in the 2010 iteration of Son'ys prestigious award.
Once you Potter, it seems, you can't stop. This gallery was one of the first looks at the latest episode of the all-conquering Harry Potter franchise.
Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
- 5 British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
Cilla, episode 3, ITV - review: Ed Stoppard steals the limelight as Beatles manager Brian Epstein
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Legend will be Netflix's first original movie
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'
The Jungle Book: A tale as old as time
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
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