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Harry Potter Characters That Would've Made Way Better Couples

By ElodieJuly 20, 2018
I’m not really in the business of telling people what they should or should not be shipping (unless of course you ship anyone with the Basilisk, in which case I’m going to have to put my foot down). But when it comes to the end-game couples of Harry Potter canon, I thi More  →
Harry Potter Characters That Would've Made Way Better Couples

7 "Crazy" Women in Literature Who Were Actually Being Totally Reasonable

By Taylor NolesJuly 20, 2018
The physically and mentally ill generally get treated like garbage in classic literature, and no one gets a worse deal than women accused of madness. At one point, the default medical opinion was that all women were insane by nature. (COME ON.) Here are 7 women who really  More  →
7 "Crazy" Women in Literature Who Were Actually Being Totally Reasonable

Great Conversation Topics for a First Date, According to Characters from Classic Lit

By Damien GaleoneJuly 19, 2018
There are so many things that can go wrong on a first date. You might get flustered and accidentally introduce yourself as Jailhouse Bruce when your name is really Lisa, or eat 9 crab cakes before remembering that you’re fatally allergic to shellfish, or fake your own deat More  →
Great Conversation Topics for a First Date, According to Characters from Classic Lit

How to Solve Personal Problems, According to Gothic Literature

By Charlotte MillerJuly 18, 2018
Characters in gothic literature seem to experience one disaster after another—we're side-eyeing you, here, Jane Eyre— and you'd think that with all of that practice, they might have some pretty solid life lessons to pass on. Unfortunately, it turns out that learning life lessons is not... More  →
How to Solve Personal Problems, According to Gothic Literature

6 of the Most Messed-Up Books We All Had to Read for School

By ElodieJuly 18, 2018
We have all read our share of messed-up books in the name of school. Every single one of us has experienced an In Cold Blood, a Lolita, maybe a Clockwork Orange or two. It’s simply inevitable. Let’s talk about them. Now, I could not include EVERY disturbing, godfors More  →
6 of the Most Messed-Up Books We All Had to Read for School

Every Shakespeare Play Summed Up in a Quote from The Office

By ElodieJuly 17, 2018
I know a lot of stuff about exactly two things: Shakespeare, and The Office. That’s it. That’s my entire pool of knowledge. I majored in the first one, and I’ve rewatched all 9 seasons of The Office somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000 times, so I basically major More  →
Every Shakespeare Play Summed Up in a Quote from <i>The Office</i>

Popular Novels Explained by the Characters of The Great Gatsby

By ShahzodaJuly 16, 2018
How would you explain the plot of Pride and Prejudice? “Elizabeth is one of five unmarried daughters, there’s a dance, Darcy is hot but rude, everything works out in the end” seems to be the standard response. But how would FICTIONAL CHARACTERS explain the plot of Pr More  →
Popular Novels Explained by the Characters of <i>The Great Gatsby</i>

These Harry Potter Character Illos Are SO GOOD WE CAN'T STAND IT

By Lila SelleJuly 16, 2018
As soon as we saw her amazing, YA-and-Harry-Potter-inspired character illustrations, we knew we had to ask Lila Selle to appear on SparkLife. After all, Sparklers, we live to make you happy, and these illos are going to make you VERY HAPPY INDEED. Click through to see some More  →
These Harry Potter Character Illos Are SO GOOD WE CAN'T STAND IT

20 of the Most Heartbreaking Lines in Literature (If These Don't Make You Cry You're a Monster)

By ElodieJuly 12, 2018
I’m just going to be super up-front about this: my goal here is to make you cry. I cried while writing this thing, and if I had to be tearful and sniffling in a coffee shop full of stupefied strangers trying desperately not to meet my eye, then so do you. Anyway, here are More  →
20 of the Most Heartbreaking Lines in Literature (If These Don't Make You Cry You're a Monster)

40 Rejected Hogwarts Classes

By ElodieJuly 12, 2018
You’ve heard of Potions, Transfiguration, and Charms. However, I have no doubt that some well-meaning Hogwarts professor tried to suggest a few new courses to Dumbledore and received a stern "No. For God’s sake, Stuart, there’s a three-headed dog on the third floor and a... More  →
40 Rejected Hogwarts Classes