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Captain America and Hawkeye Make Not-So-Super Comment About Black Widow

By Janet ManleyApril 24, 2015
DON'T MAKE US REGRET SHIPPING YOU, HAWKEYE. In a recent bit of press for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans, who are back as Hawkeye and Captain America, were asked about Black Widow and the Hulk potentially sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (which we ... More  →
Captain America and Hawkeye Make Not-So-Super Comment About Black Widow

We Chat With an Expert About All Things Smexy, Including Tools for N00bs, Self-Love, and Ice-Cream

By Janet ManleyApril 22, 2015
Sex Ed Week continues here at SparkLife, and we FORD ON, hopeful to take our collective knowledge of all things smexy from Sorceror's Stone Neville Longbottom levels to Deathly Hallows Neville Longbottom levels. Someone we were SUPER EXCITED to talk to was our real life ... More  →
We Chat With an Expert About All Things Smexy, Including Tools for N00bs, Self-Love, and Ice-Cream

Lumiere Has Been Cast for the Live-Action Beauty and the Beast Movie!

By Janet ManleyApril 22, 2015
ATTENTION DINNER SERVICE: Your favorite singing candlestick in the 2017 live-action movie musical of Beauty and the Beast will be played by young Obi-Won, Ewan McGregor, whose sweet pipes previously distracted us from the autotune used on Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge. NOT TO BE OUTDONE, Stanley Tucci, ... More  →
Lumiere Has Been Cast for the Live-Action <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> Movie!
Sex Ed at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Sex Ed at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

By Janet ManleyApril 21, 2015
Part of the appeal of Hogwarts is the coursework: instead of AP chemistry, you get potions; instead of biology, you get to tear around the Forbidden Forest on a Hippogriff as you learn about "Care of Mystical Creatures." Although Hogwarts' academic curriculum was rigorous, s More  →

Is Headdesk a Prom Theme? Because This Headdesky Promposal Story Wins for All Time

By Janet ManleyApril 17, 2015
Along with having cinnamon buns available in every airport and shopping mall, cheer-leading being a school sport, and having the biggest shopping carts in the world, asking someone to prom in a really big way is THE MOST AMERICAN THING EVER. It remains my favorite ... More  →
Is Headdesk a Prom Theme? Because This Headdesky Promposal Story Wins for All Time

Our Bestie Rue/Amandla Stenberg Explains Black Hair and Cultural Appropriation

By Janet ManleyApril 17, 2015
Our BFF-ship with Amandla Stenberg, Rue in The Hunger Games, goes all the way back to 2012, when Chelsea Dagger got to meet and interview her (while sweating on Seneca Crane in an elevator), and it became clear that Amandla was nine kinds of awesome. Little did ... More  →
Our Bestie Rue/Amandla Stenberg Explains Black Hair and Cultural Appropriation

EVERYONE GETS A DO-OVER WITH THE SPARKNOTES YEARBOOK AWARDS

By Janet ManleyApril 15, 2015
I don't know how you usually handle yearbook photos, but my personal approach was always to: a) wait until the last minute, then b) cut my hair off into a "cute pixie" so unfortunate that I was unable to remove my bicycle helmet upon arriving at school, ... More  →
EVERYONE GETS A DO-OVER WITH THE SPARKNOTES YEARBOOK AWARDS

With Deepest Pride and Greatest Pleasure, We Present to You the First Beauty and the Beast Selfie

By Janet ManleyApril 15, 2015
Thanks to the nimble hands of Josh Gad, who will be playing sidekick LeFou to Gaston and Gaston's chin in the 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast film, we have our first cast photo of (clockwise from LeFou) Belle (Emma Watson), the Beast (Dan Stevens), Gaston ... More  →
With Deepest Pride and Greatest Pleasure, We Present to You the First <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> Selfie
All the Celeb Fashion Sorcery From Coachella, Levitating Right Here for You to Covet

All the Celeb Fashion Sorcery From Coachella, Levitating Right Here for You to Covet

By Janet ManleyApril 15, 2015
I am not ashamed to say I coveted every last bead and macrame tassle that I saw at Coachella over the weekend. If it had a feather, I WANTED IT. If it looked like a blanket someone might use to lay down in the desert to prop and sell cactii juice on, I WANTED IT. If it was b More  →

YA Author Courtney Summers Takes On Today's Growns in All the Rage, a Powerful Look at How We Treat Teen Girls

By Janet ManleyApril 14, 2015
If you're a dystopian fiction junkie (we volunteer as dystopian fanatics, obviously), you may find yourself thinking, "But we would never force citizens to take pills/execute dissenters/eliminate conflict/lie about crimes IN REAL LIFE." Sure, sure, we would never let teens fight to the death in ... More  →
YA Author Courtney Summers Takes On Today's Growns in <i>All the Rage</i>, a Powerful Look at How We Treat Teen Girls