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To Understand Samuel Beckett and Waiting for Godot, Watch Seinfeld

By Janet ManleyFebruary 10, 2016
It's a cruel trick of the universe that right when you are in the midst of an existential crisis (i.e., the entirety of your adolescence, ending around age 22), you will be called upon to study the Theater of the Absurd, or Beckett, or both. ... More  →
To Understand Samuel Beckett and <i>Waiting for Godot</i>, Watch <i>Seinfeld</i>

Which Nicholas Sparks Novel Are You?

By Janet ManleyFebruary 2, 2016
Everyone is a sucker for a love story, it just has to be the right one. Some of us are swept up by sultry canoe rides, while others of us need to stare death in the face atop a raging bull to realize the contents of ... More  →
Which Nicholas Sparks Novel Are You?

Benjamin Walker on the Presidential Fandom, and the Sexypants New Nicholas Sparks Movie

By Janet ManleyJanuary 27, 2016
You probably know Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, or sexypants Andrew Jackson. His latest bodacious role is as Travis in the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Choice, which has all the beach-side make-outs and fraught love triangles you expect, with a heaping side ... More  →
Benjamin Walker on the Presidential Fandom, and the Sexypants New Nicholas Sparks Movie

I'm Not Sorry for This Fanfic of Gale Leading the Escape From District 12

By Janet ManleyJanuary 22, 2016
The crowd glittered under the light of the broadcast as she drew back the bow. Sudden daylight bloomed in the square, and then blackness. The crowd and Peacekeepers stalled before one another, hanging together in the moment before the orders came down. "You did it, Catnip," ... More  →
I'm Not Sorry for This Fanfic of Gale Leading the Escape From District 12

Pour Some Blackcurrant Cordial There Is Going to Be an Anne of Green Gables Reboot!

By Janet ManleyJanuary 14, 2016
There may be 100 Pride and Prejudice film and television adaptations, each with varying degrees of crotchal balloonage, but there is only one Anne of Green Gables that holds any water with us— the Canadian Broadcasting Commission's mini-series starting Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie (my first ... More  →
Pour Some Blackcurrant Cordial There Is Going to Be an <i>Anne of Green Gables</i> Reboot!

The Ultimate Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

By Janet ManleyJanuary 14, 2016
Eyeliner is our way of saying, "Helloooo" and also "whassup president snow I am here to rainnn trouble on your parade." It will enhance your already beguiling eyes, or foil onlookers as to the fact you spent five hours last night watching video mashups of ... More  →
The Ultimate Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Quilt Covers That Tell It Like It Is

By Janet ManleyJanuary 4, 2016
It's the nopeiest time of the year, and these quilt covers will say everything you just. can't. when you wake up and can't bear to leave your bed-cave... More  →
Quilt Covers That Tell It Like It Is

7 Burning Questions We Had After Seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens and ALL THE THEORIES THAT EXPLAIN THEM

By Janet ManleyDecember 29, 2015
If you've gotten your Jedi butt to a theater to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you likely a) want to see it again, b) want to see Oscar Isaac again, and c) have SO MANY QUESTIONS now that J.J. Abrams has picked up the ... More  →
7 Burning Questions We Had After Seeing <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> and ALL THE THEORIES THAT EXPLAIN THEM

Centaurs, Ranked

By Janet ManleyDecember 24, 2015
Part-man, part-horse, centaurs are popular with fantasy fanatics and people who aren't good at drawing realistic human legs (also popular: mermaids). They are a staple of mythology, the O.G.s of archery, and riddikulously muscular. Personally, I like that they won't let just anyone ride around ... More  →
Centaurs, Ranked

The Sound of Music, SparkNoted

By Janet ManleyDecember 22, 2015
Meet Maria, the worst nun of all time. After catching her with her hair out again, Mother Superior tells her to go be a governess for a bit.  The Von Trapp family seem okay other than the tassles on the uniforms. Maria wins over the kids with song.  It ... More  →
The Sound of Music, SparkNoted
About the Author
Janet Manley

Janet is the Sparkitor who most resembles a common field potato, and isn't opposed to pineapple appearing on a pizza. She is proof that dreams can come true, as long as your dream is to share a love seat with Benjamin Barnes for nine and a half minutes after standing him up for five because you can't work out hotel elevators. Janet once had a smexy dream where Haymitch Abernathy hugged her meaningfully, which I think means they are married now. She would like to third-person you on Twitter @janetmanley

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