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20 Questions You Can Ask About Pretty Much Any Shakespeare Play

By ElodieMarch 27, 2017
There's going to come a time where you will find yourself in class discussing a Shakespeare play you haven't actually read. Perhaps you didn't quite understand the syllabus, or perhaps you were up all night binge-watching The Great British Bake-Off, in which case who can blame you? The good... More  →
20 Questions You Can Ask About Pretty Much Any Shakespeare Play

We Would Read These Literary Spin-Offs

By Kalina CiokMarch 27, 2017
Publishers are always looking to squeeze some extra juice out of a successful book by cranking out a spin-off. Wherefore did Four: A Divergent Story Collection appear in our lives, if not for the nerve-wracked publishing executive sitting in their office screaming, "We are running out of Theo... More  →
We Would Read These Literary Spin-Offs

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: February 3, 1982

By Nicole DiekerMarch 27, 2017
Dear Diary, Is it wrong to say that age has improved someone? I know that I am a stronger, kinder, and more compassionate person than I was in my youth—and, meeting Elphinstone for the first time in years, found him to be… it’s hard to say.... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: February 3, 1982

Emma Chastain On Her Debut Novel, Confessions of a High School Disaster

By Emily BrownMarch 24, 2017
We were beside ourselves when Emma Chastain, former SparkNotes editor 🙋🏽  and writing advice expert, announced that her debut novel was out there on the bookshelves awaiting us. Confessions of a High School Disaster takes shape around the life of Chloe Snow, whose daily journal entries catalogue the defining moments of high school (ratio of moments,... More  →
Emma Chastain On Her Debut Novel, <i>Confessions of a High School Disaster</i>

7 of the Most Mind-Boggling Harry Potter Theories

By ElodieMarch 24, 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

The Most Underrated Sidekick Heroines in YA

By Amanda BellMarch 24, 2017
Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, and the rest of our top-billed book friends might get all the credit for their literary lady heroism, but at the end of the day, the depth chart for awesome in the genre is staggering. In fact, these YA... More  →
The Most Underrated Sidekick Heroines in YA

These Harry Potter Family Trees Are Siriusly the Best (TOO SOON?!?)

By reidfaylorMarch 23, 2017
Ever wondered about Lord Voldemort's momsauce? Ever asked yourself, "What would Harry and Ginny name their as-of-yet-unborn fourth child?" Ever pondered who the most kidnappable Weasley was? THEN THESE FAMILY TREES ARE FOR YOU. Click through to have all of your most burning More  →
These <em>Harry Potter</em>  Family Trees Are Siriusly the Best (TOO SOON?!)

Most Likely to Expire: The DEFINITIVE Hogwarts Professor Death Ranking

By Vitoria BasMarch 23, 2017
Hogwarts is not for the faint of heart. Even before The Boy Who Lived came in and kicked up a seven-year ruckus, the job of Hogwarts professor was perilous at best, mortally perilous at worst. Between the misfired magic and the "Forbidden" Forest (come on, everybody was gett More  →
Most Likely to Expire: The DEFINITIVE Hogwarts Professor Death Ranking

Hamlet As Told in a Series of Texts

By ElodieMarch 22, 2017
Hamlet is a complex tragedy about revenge and the human condition, which means it's PERFECT for taking the original source material and summing it up in a sequence of emoji-riddled texts. I recently recapped Hamlet and enjoyed it immensely, but when I wasn't busy enjo More  →
Hamlet As Told in a Series of Texts

How to Read a Novel for Class

By Emma W.March 22, 2017
This post was originally published in May 2016 I remember in high school—and, yes, sometimes even in college—I would go to class thinking I was prepared—I'd done the reading!—only to find that I was not. At all. Discussions went way, way overhead my head. Like, I might... More  →
How to Read a Novel for Class