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QUIZ: Is This a Charles Dickens Story or a Mariah Carey Song?

By ElodieDecember 8, 2017
Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Story. Mariah Carey is known for her Christmas albums. Shockingly, this isn’t the only thing the two have in common—his stories and her song titles sound like they could be one and the same. (I know. I was surprised, too. ... More  →
QUIZ: Is This a Charles Dickens Story or a Mariah Carey Song?

Everything You Will Put on Your Christmas List This Year

By ElodieDecember 7, 2017
If you celebrate Christmas, then you know as well as I do that it’s time, once again, to craft a list of demands (read: just a bunch of links to things on Amazon) and send it to your family. Through the years, however, I have ... More  →
Everything You Will Put on Your Christmas List This Year

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

By ElodieDecember 7, 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

10 Fictional Problems That Could Have Been Solved with a Text Message

By ElodieDecember 6, 2017
Cell phones are pretty great. There is simply no other innovation that has impacted my life as much as the one that allows me to scroll though Instagram while I’m sitting on the toilet. I use my phone for almost everything—answering texts, ignoring texts, getting texts a More  →
10 Fictional Problems That Could Have Been Solved with a Text Message

The Harry Potter Books, Ranked from Worst to Best

By ElodieDecember 6, 2017
When I’m not here on SparkNotes writing about Hamlet and My Chemical Romance, I can be found saying things like "Obviously wizards must pay taxes since Hogwarts has free tuition, but do they also have to pay Muggle taxes?" offhand to strangers on public transportation. More  →
The Harry Potter Books, Ranked from Worst to Best

7 Dirty Jokes You Didn’t Catch in Shakespeare’s Most Popular Plays

By ElodieDecember 5, 2017
Nowadays Shakespeare is considered the height of high-brow literature. But what you may not have known is that the guy was, at any given moment, trying to see how many dirty jokes he could pack into a single five-act play. (The answer was usually “a lot,” sometimes borde More  →
7 Dirty Jokes You Didn't Catch in Shakespeare's Most Popular Plays

QUIZ: What Novel Title Sums Up Your 2017?

By ElodieDecember 4, 2017
2017 was a heck of a year. Oscars were handed out erroneously. Everyone stared at the sun for a bit. Ed Sheeran was on Game of Thrones. Put simply, things happened. Boy, did they happen. But what book title sums up the year 2017 for ... More  →
QUIZ: What Novel Title Sums Up Your 2017?

Harry Potter Characters That Would've Made Way Better Couples

By ElodieDecember 4, 2017
I’m not really in the business of telling people what they should or should not be shipping (unless of course you ship anyone with the Basilisk, in which case I’m going to have to put my foot down). But when it comes to the end-game couples of Harry Potter canon, I thi More  →
Harry Potter Characters That Would've Made Way Better Couples

The Odyssey Test

By ElodieDecember 1, 2017
You may think you're familiar with The Odyssey, what with its wacky sea monsters, wily heroes, and Sirens luring weak-willed men to their untimely deaths. Perhaps you think this because you've read the book, the SparkNote, or our very hilarious recaps. But are you actually familiar ... More  →
The <i>Odyssey</i> Test

The 11 Most Awkward Moments in Fiction

By ElodieDecember 1, 2017
Awkward moments are awful enough to behold in real life, where you can’t really do anything about them (and where, more often than not, they're happening to you). But awkward moments in books or on film are just nightmare fuel. There are ACTUAL PEOPLE (directors and actors More  →
The 11 Most Awkward Moments in Fiction
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Elodie

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