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Every Author on Your English Syllabus, Summed Up in a Single Sentence

By ElodieMay 17, 2018
I’m just going to say it: in the past, there were too many people writing books. Now it’s the twenty-first century and it feels like I’m expected to know every struggling bard or wayward scribe who ever picked up a pen. I mean sure, I’ve heard of Jane Austen, and I More  →
Every Author on Your English Syllabus, Summed Up in a Single Sentence

QUIZ: Is This a Holden Caulfield Quote, or Something a Guy Actually Said to Me on a First Date?

By ElodieMay 16, 2018
I've done some online dating in my time, which means I've been on dates with guys who were just one red hunting hat away from being Holden Caulfield. Not that there's anything wrong with Holden, but he's not someone I would particularly want to date. Look, I like ... More  →
QUIZ: Is This a Holden Caulfield Quote, or Something a Guy Actually Said to Me on a First Date?

Hamlet As Told in a Series of Texts

By ElodieMay 16, 2018
Hamlet is a complex tragedy about revenge and the human condition, which means it's PERFECT for taking the original source material and summing it up in a sequence of emoji-riddled texts. I recently recapped Hamlet and enjoyed it immensely, but when I wasn't busy enjo More  →
Hamlet As Told in a Series of Texts

9 Fictional High Schools, Ranked from Most to Least Accurate

By ElodieMay 15, 2018
What high school is like in fiction: FOOD FIGHTS EVERY DAY. THERE’S ONLY ONE CLASS, AND IT’S ENGLISH. NOBODY HAS PARENTS. What high school is like in real life: you have six classes. Food fights are rare, but the tater tots are okay. You see your mom daily and even use More  →
9 Fictional High Schools, Ranked from Most to Least Accurate

8 Books You Won't Believe Got Banned

By ElodieMay 15, 2018
Good, important books get banned all the time. It’s dumb, sure, but unfortunately it’s nothing new. For instance, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that The Catcher in the Rye has been banned for being “obscene,” that Are You There God? It’s Me, Marg More  →
8 Books You Won't Believe Got Banned

30 Ways to End Your Essay Without Saying "In Conclusion"

By ElodieMay 15, 2018
According to every English teacher I have ever had, the greatest sin of all is ending your essay with the phrase “in conclusion.” I mean, okay, it may not be gluttony or hubris or murder, but it’s up there. This used to stump me. What would ... More  →
30 Ways to End Your Essay Without Saying "In Conclusion"

Pick 5 Movies and We'll Tell You How You'll Do on Your AP Exams

By ElodieMay 14, 2018
The time is now. After a whole year, multiple breakdowns, and countless practice DBQs, it’s time to finally discover just what it is you learned in those AP classes you only took because your advisor said you could get college credit out of it. (Never ... More  →
Pick 5 Movies and We'll Tell You How You'll Do on Your AP Exams

QUIZ: Can You Guess the Classic Novel from a Single Paragraph?

By ElodieMay 11, 2018
I get it. You were just minding your own business, studying, when you got distracted by these quizzes on the side of the page. Now you're twelve quizzes deep and there's no end in sight. Want to feel better about yourself and your life choices? ... More  →
QUIZ: Can You Guess the Classic Novel from a Single Paragraph?

We're (FINALLY) Getting a TV Adaptation of John Green's Looking for Alaska!

By ElodieMay 10, 2018
I thought empires would rise and fall, whole civilizations would crumble, and the sun would swallow the earth before we got a Looking for Alaska adaptation, and that’s not because I’m a cynic at heart and hate happiness. It’s because things have been looking bleak ... More  →
We're (FINALLY) Getting a TV Adaptation of John Green's <i>Looking for Alaska</i>!

The 7 Most Embarrassing Deaths in Literature, Ranked

By ElodieMay 10, 2018
Sometimes, fictional deaths are cool because the character in question was a jerk and the way they died was karmically awesome. Other times, fictional deaths are heartbreaking because the character in question was Harry’s godfather who had just broken out of wizard prison More  →
The 7 Most Embarrassing Deaths in Literature, Ranked
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Elodie

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