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Every Literary Genre Summed Up in a Single Sentence

By ElodieAugust 18, 2017
Back in the olden days, there were only like three types of book: 1) epic poetry, 2) Latin prose, and 3) ancient Greek plays where the gods were constantly punishing people for things like "stealing stuff" and "being prideful one time." Over the years, we’ve accumulated m More  →
Every Literary Genre Summed Up in a Single Sentence

Which First-Day-of-School Trope Are You?

By ElodieAugust 18, 2017
The time has come to grit our teeth, put on some pants, and return to that doom prison some people call "school." Gone are the days of eating Cheetos for every meal, of forgetting what day it is, of spending every waking moment just being vaguely ... More  →
Which First-Day-of-School Trope Are You?

All the Books on Your English Syllabus Summed Up in Pie Charts

By ElodieAugust 17, 2017
Here at SparkNotes, our stance on books has always been favorable. We like them. We think they’re great. We’re book lovers first, and human beings second. But this doesn’t change the fact that some books are long, unwieldy, and difficult to start (but easy to let langu More  →
All the Books on Your English Syllabus Summed Up in Pie Charts

Blogging To Kill a Mockingbird: Part 7

By ElodieAugust 16, 2017
Every week I read a bit of To Kill a Mockingbird, that juggernaut of classic American literature, and then I come over here and write jokes about overalls and ham. But it’s worth remembering that To Kill a Mockingbird has become a literary classic not ... More  →
Blogging <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>: Part 7

10 Shakespeare Quotes That Would Make Relatable Titles for Your Memoir

By ElodieAugust 15, 2017
I’m thinking about writing a memoir. No, I haven’t done anything of note, recently or ever, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about what I would call said memoir (Whoops, My Bad: An Autobiography) and how it would be received by the critics (extremely poorly). I More  →
10 Shakespeare Quotes That Would Make Relatable Titles for Your Memoir

What to Do If You Left Your Summer Reading to the Last Minute

By ElodieAugust 15, 2017
There is nothing worse than waking up and realizing it’s August and you didn’t do a lick of summer reading. The Great Gatsby languished unread on your bookshelf, you failed to crack open The Scarlet Letter even once, and you’re pretty sure Moby-Dick has a whale i More  →
What to Do If You Left Your Summer Reading to the Last Minute

QUIZ: Is This Minor Character from Shakespeare, or a Minor Character from Harry Potter?

By ElodieAugust 14, 2017
Let's be real: we all know Wilbert Slinkhard to be the esteemed author of Magical Defensive Theory in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but he SOUNDS like he could be a wayward musician running afoul of the fairy king and his mischievous sprite in A Midsummer Night's Dream. ... More  →
QUIZ: Is This Minor Character from Shakespeare, or a Minor Character from Harry Potter?

QUIZ: Is This a Fall Out Boy Lyric or a Wuthering Heights Quote?

By ElodieAugust 11, 2017
Fall Out Boy is notorious for their song titles that go on forever. Most 19th-century novelists did the same thing with chapter titles. But that's not the only thing these two have in common. Specifically, pretty much every quote from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights sounds like a ... More  →
QUIZ: Is This a Fall Out Boy Lyric or a Wuthering Heights Quote?

QUIZ: Can You Identify the Famous Book By Its Last Sentence?

By ElodieAugust 10, 2017
If you can't get at least a 7/10 on this quiz, you are a disgrace. Just take your books and go. [viralQuiz id=361] ... More  →
QUIZ: Can You Identify the Famous Book By Its Last Sentence?

The 8 Most Messed-Up Relationships in Literature

By ElodieAugust 9, 2017
Being the love-starved loser that I am, I’ve always been a big fan of fictional relationships. But while some are an ideal to which we can all aspire, others are pretty much the worst thing ever.  I may not know much about dating (I’m only vaguely aware that this is so More  →
The 8 Most Messed-Up Relationships in Literature
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