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Better Names for All the Poems You'll Have to Read in English Class

By ElodieJanuary 12, 2017
Have you ever read a poem before? I’m guessing you have. If you liked it, good news: there’s plenty more where that came from! If you hated it, well, I’ve got some good news for you too: as soon as you finish school, you’ll never... More  →
Better Names for All the Poems You'll Have to Read in English Class

How Would You Die in a Shakespeare Play?

By ElodieJanuary 11, 2017
Guys, I want a Shakespearean death scene. In all likelihood, I’m going to die as I lived—in bed, watching Netflix, pantsless and covered in Dorito crumbs as my icy black wraith-heart finally gives out—and I’ve come to terms with that. But in the lyrical netherworld of... More  →
How Would You Die in a Shakespeare Play?

Rubyetc's New Book of Honest Mental Health Drawings Is a MUST-READ

By SparkNotesJanuary 11, 2017
One of our SparkNotes editors (not saying names, but Emily) first discovered Rubyetc while dining on a midnight snack of a sleeve of Oreos and seltzer as she infinite-scrolled down her Tumblr feed until the break of day. She describes the moment she first saw one of Ruby's illustrations as an awakening. Exhibit... More  →
Rubyetc's New Book of Honest Mental Health Drawings Is a MUST-READ

Blogging Hamlet: Part 3

By ElodieJanuary 11, 2017
Previously on Blogging Hamlet, Hamlet was weird, but Polonius was weirder. In case you thought Hamlet wasn’t hilarious, Shakespeare threw in THIS gem of a scene, and I respect you guys too much to force you to wait while I type up some sort of compulsory... More  →
Blogging <em>Hamlet</em>: Part 3

These Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them Illos Are Simply MAGICAL

By Lila SelleJanuary 11, 2017
As you surely know by now, we're lowkey obsessed with FBAWTFT (or as we pronounce the acronym, "fuh-baw-tuh-fut." IT ROLLS OFF THE TONGUE). We even went to so far as to rank the characters by their hair (it would have been a crime not to, considering that Newt Scamander's ra More  →
These <i>Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them</i> Illos Are Simply MAGICAL

Shakespeare Characters That Would Make Way Better Couples

By ElodieJanuary 10, 2017
If you’re a major player in a Shakespeare work, odds are your love life is just a mess. Even if you wind up happily married, you probably had to fake your own death or murder a king somewhere along the way. This is mostly because Shakespeare created a bunch of characters a More  →
Shakespeare Characters That Would Make Way Better Couples

The Horcrux Test

By Janet ManleyJanuary 10, 2017
"A Horcrux is the word used for an object in which a person has concealed part of their soul." —Horace Slughorn Eeeee! Nobody is advocating you are capable of a wizardly atrocity, but there are moments in life where you feel your soul torn a little bit,... More  →
The Horcrux Test

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: January 22, 1979

By Nicole DiekerJanuary 10, 2017
Dear Diary, I don’t know how we can keep going, amidst so much uncertainty—and yet we keep going. Professor Dumbledore has told all the faculty that we must neither lose hope nor focus. “The worst thing we could do,” he said, “would be to give our students... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: January 22, 1979

10 Love Songs, Rewritten for Textbooks

By SparkNotesJanuary 10, 2017
We know, your relationship with your textbooks may not seem like a love story for the ages. But the good news is, Barnes & Noble wants to help you navigate the tumultuous (read: expensive) waters of your textbook search. With steep discounts (up to... More  →
10 Love Songs, Rewritten for Textbooks

'Shipwrecked! Our Fave Failed Harry Potter Couples

By Vitoria BasJanuary 9, 2017
It's hard out there for young lovers. If it's not your parents trying to keep you apart (because of ancient blood breaking to new mutiny, most likely), it's terminal illness. Or terminal whimsy. More often, though, it's just good old-fashioned terminal mismatch. It happens More  →
'Shipwrecked! Our Fave Failed <i>Harry Potter</i> Couples