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Writer Wars Winner: The Last Wish by CrepuscularSnidget!

By reidfaylorOctober 2, 2013
Congrats to CrepuscularSnidget, whose extraordinarily inventive take on last week's prompt (it was like Aladdin, but SCHMEXY!) earned her 13 votes and the Sparklers' Choice Award! Click through the slideshow to read her fantastic story, accompanied by Reid Faylor's illu More  →
Writer Wars Winner: The Last Wish by CrepuscularSnidget!

Writer Wars: Being Stranded in the Desert Sort of Sucks

By Chelsea DaggerOctober 2, 2013
SURPRISE: it's Writer Wars on a WEDNESDAY!! I tacked an extra day on because I was late in putting up last week's prompt—but as long as you butts don't mind, we'll return to our regularly scheduled Tuesday time slot next week! (And if you DO mind, please send a formal lett More  →
Writer Wars: Being Stranded in the Desert Sort of Sucks

I GOT A MOCKINGJAY PIN IN THE MAIL!!! LET THE REBELLION BEGIN!

By Chelsea DaggerOctober 1, 2013
IT'S OFFICIAL, TRI-BUTTS: I AM PART OF THE REBELLION. SLIGHTLY LESS OFFICIAL BUT STILL TOTALLY REAL: I AM KATNISS EVERDEEN'S BEST FRIEND. AND CINNA'S TOO. AND DEFINITELY PEETA'S. AND FINNICK'S. ALSO GALE'S, BUT HE DOESN'T TEXT ME AS MUCH AS HE USED... More  →
I GOT A MOCKINGJAY PIN IN THE MAIL!!! LET THE REBELLION BEGIN!

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... More  →
The Funniest Names in Fiction

Halloween Costumes That Only Literary People Would Get

By Ashley Brooke RobertsSeptember 30, 2013
Every year, we see a lot of bumble bee costumes and dinosaur costumes, and we're like, "Cool, but WHAT IS THE BEE A METAPHOR FOR?" Luckily, we've got a bookshelf full of Halloween costumes for lit buffs. Consider these easy outfits: Wear a formal suit with... More  →
Halloween Costumes That Only Literary People Would Get

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

5 Self-Help Books You Shouldn't be Embarrassed to Read

By Bo LarkinSeptember 27, 2013
You need help. We all need help. Though So You Fart Uncontrollably in Public, Now What? may not be a title to read at the coffee shop, not all self-help books are destined to be read locked in your bedroom, in the closet, under... More  →
5 Self-Help Books You Shouldn't be Embarrassed to Read

Banned Books Week: Protect Your Freedom to Read!

By Jennifer GrudzieckiSeptember 26, 2013
It’s Banned Books Week, Sparklers, which means it’s time to think about all those wonderful books out there that are being censored to “protect” you from their dirty, corrupting, and usually realistic takes on life.  Many of our favorite classics have shown up on... More  →
Banned Books Week: Protect Your Freedom to Read!