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.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
Best underrated Christmas movies from Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga