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7 of the Most Mind-Boggling Harry Potter Theories

By ElodieJune 23, 2017
We're not ashamed to say that we're still going to be donning Ravenclaw scarves and squabbling about Severus Snape's questionable status as a hero (ONE BRAVE ACT DOES NOT REDEEM A LIFETIME OF DOUCHINESS) as we settle into nursing homes 50 years from now. This series is the More  →
7 of the Most Mind-Boggling <em>Harry Potter</em> Theories

What Your Least Favorite Required Reading Says About You

By ElodieJune 22, 2017
None of us will escape the education system without being forced to read a book that we really, truly do not care for. That’s just how it works. For every book you love, there will be one that makes you long for the sweet siren... More  →
What Your Least Favorite Required Reading Says About You

Blogging To Kill a Mockingbird: Part 1

By ElodieJune 21, 2017
Hey guys! It’s been a minute since last I blogged a novel, but now I’m blogging To Kill a Mockingbird because SparkNotes is withholding my weekly paycheck of life lessons and Reese’s Pieces M&Ms until I comply. They aren’t really doing that (I’m... More  →
Blogging <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>: Part 1

Suzanne Collins Knows What's What with Civil Rights; Look at What Mockingjay Can Teach Us About Racism Today

By Janet ManleyJune 21, 2017
This post was originally published in 2014, but its message will always be relevant.—Sparkitors You probably know the phrase, "Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever." Peeta's face: "... forever is going to su-hu-huck." BECAUSE YOU ARE SMART, you already know that Panem derives from the Latin panem et circenses—"bread... More  →
Suzanne Collins Knows What's What with Civil Rights; Look at What <i>Mockingjay</i> Can Teach Us About Racism Today

How Classic Authors Pitched Their Novels, Probably

By ElodieJune 20, 2017
An idea can be perfect in your head, but explaining it out loud? With words? Coherently? That’s a different beast entirely. This is true whether you’re pitching a novel or just getting feedback on your thesis statement for an essay about The Scarlet Letter. Either... More  →
How Classic Authors Pitched Their Novels, Probably

What's Your Name in The Outsiders?

By Taylor NolesJune 20, 2017
Sixteen years on the street and you can learn a lot. A few hours on Wikipedia and you can learn even more. If you'd been part of Ponyboy's pack in S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, what part would you have played, tough gal? ... More  →
What's Your Name in <em>The Outsiders</em>?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, As Told in a Series of Texts

By ElodieJune 19, 2017
Technology is amazing. It’s 2017, people; we don’t have to wonder things anymore. Back in the days of yore, a person could ask “How tall is Bruno Mars, do you think?” and never truly know the answer. Nowadays, you can simply speak the words at your smartphone and h More  →
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, As Told in a Series of Texts

6 Famous Novels' Rejected First Drafts

By Taylor NolesJune 19, 2017
One thing every author will hear at some point is this: writing is rewriting. So it follows that most famous novels went through a few extreme changes before they reached their final form—and luckily for you, we've tracked down your favorite writers' notes on their books'... More  →
6 Famous Novels' Rejected First Drafts

SparkNotes Is Here to Save Summer Reading-Vote For Your Fave Book & We'll Blog It!

By Chelsea DaggerJune 16, 2017
As the late, great Jane Austen once said, it's a truth universally acknowledged that SparkNotes are the single best study guides on the interwebs, an infinitely helpful source of info on symbolism, important quotes, plot summaries, and literary analysis for every book you could... More  →
SparkNotes Is Here to Save Summer Reading-Vote For Your Fave Book & We'll Blog It!

The 10 Best Dad Jokes in Shakespeare

By ElodieJune 16, 2017
A dad joke is any joke that’s so terrible it elicits groans and ruins lives. It need not originate from a dad, per se, but the common cultural understanding is that most of them do. You’ll find them in wedding speeches, rogue Facebook comments, and conversations in line More  →
The 10 Best Dad Jokes in Shakespeare