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The Funniest Names in Fiction

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 30, 2013
Some fictional names make us smile, and some flat-out make us LOL. Whether they come from distant galaxies, postapocalyptic cultures, or the nearest fictional high school, here are our favorite funny names in fiction: 1. Slartibartfast (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). The gold standard in hilarious ... More  →
The Funniest Names in Fiction

Vintage YA Books + 4 Writing Tips from Legendary YA Author Lois Duncan!

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 27, 2013
  Have you ever wondered what teens read before sparkly vampires and courageous teen wizards came around? Before postapocalyptic hunger gaming and the birth of John Green? I've got two and a half words for you: vintage YA. Our moms, aunts, and former babysitters read the work ... More  →
Vintage YA Books + 4 Writing Tips from Legendary YA Author Lois Duncan!

5 Signs You Spend too Many Weekends Away from Your Dorm

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 26, 2013
It can be tempting as a college kid living the dorm life to spend your weekends at home, especially if it's just a train, bus, or car ride away. Your stuff is there. The people who love you are there. Food and noncommunal living spaces ... More  →
5 Signs You Spend too Many Weekends Away from Your Dorm

The 9 Scariest Things to Read Right Before Bed

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 20, 2013
1. Your mom's five-star Amazon review of Fifty Shades of Grey. 2. The captions on your ex's new Facebook photo album, "MIKE LOVES CINDY." Did you really need to know that her pet name for him is CutieButt? Does that make you feel better? 3. The essay that's ... More  →
The 9 Scariest Things to Read Right Before Bed

The Sparkitors Review the World's Grossest Candy: Mystery Edition!

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 20, 2013
In an effort to bring you the best in terrible candy coverage, we've eaten vomitous jelly beans, chewed on meaty gum, and tried out candy sticks that taste like a perfume counter. But something happened today, as we set off on yet another journey into the land of unholy swee More  →
The Sparkitors Review the World's Grossest Candy: Mystery Edition!

The Argument Against "Strong Female Characters" (And 4 Characters that Break the Mold)

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 16, 2013
Think about it: have you ever once heard a male character being described as "feisty"? How about sassy? Has a book or film reviewer ever rushed to assure you that a male character isn't your average "dude in distress"? We're betting the answer is no. And ... More  →
The Argument Against

5 Book-Inspired Fall Shows We Can't Wait to Watch

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 11, 2013
We hope Hollywood and the TV industry never stop stealing from literature to dream up shows. For every total misfire ($#*! My Dad Says), there's a creative slam-dunk (True Blood). And for every straight ahead adaptation, there's an insane, what-were-they-thinking reimagining...that just might defy the ... More  →
5 Book-Inspired Fall Shows We Can't Wait to Watch

The Worst Teachers in Fiction

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 11, 2013
By now you're probably back in school, settling into a routine, learning the best hallway routes for crush-stalking purposes, and trying to figure out which of your teachers has the scariest bad side. But take heart: no matter how nutty your teachers are, we bet ... More  →
The Worst Teachers in Fiction

The Sparkitors Review the World's Grossest Candy: BeanBoozled!

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 10, 2013
Grandpa candy and licorice spaghetti are bush league. This week we took our pursuit of disgusting candy to new, more masochistic heights, by adding trickery and hope to the mix.Come with us, on a blechy journey of monumental proportions. We're about to get BeanBoozled®! More  →
The Sparkitors Review the World's Grossest Candy: BeanBoozled!

Lies Our Parents Told Us (That We Totally Believed)

By Melissa AlbertSeptember 4, 2013
Little kids have no idea what’s going on. You can make them do pretty much anything by telling them they’re being timed, and at least half of them harbor a fear of being sucked down the bathtub drain. This makes it ALL TOO EASY for ... More  →
Lies Our Parents Told Us (That We Totally Believed)
About the Author
Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert reads books, worries about other people’s dogs (they look thirsty), and eats horrible candy for fun and profit. When not wearing her extremely tasteful Sparkitor hat, she’s an editor for the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. You can find her on Twitter @mimi_albert, or in the hot pretzel section of your local cafeteria.

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