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What If Shakespearean Characters Had Common Sense?

By Robert IsenbergApril 21, 2010
Yeah, yeah, Shakespeare's brilliant and all, but his plays work because all of his characters are complete nut jobs. What would have happened if just one character had some common sense? This: [WARNING: SHAKESPEAREAN SPOILER ALERT] Romeo and Juliet A local law enforcement guy eats a donut... More  →
What If Shakespearean Characters Had Common Sense?

Literary Throw-Down

By Kathryn_WilliamsApril 20, 2010
How have we not thought of this before? What were SmackDowns invented for if not measuring the relative scrappiness of our favorite literary characters? Two characters, one steel cage, no mercy. If these characters went head to head, who would be... More  →
Literary Throw-Down

Blogging Eclipse: Part 21

By Dan_BergsteinApril 15, 2010
Chapter Twenty-One: Trails Better Title: Almost a Good Chapter Maybe it's the warmer weather or the longer days, but I actually liked this chapter. No. Strike that. Like is too strong a word. I less-hated this chapter. (I feel the same way diet pudding and Jurassic Park... More  →
Blogging Eclipse: Part 21

Why Does Friar Lawrence Have a Date Rape Drug?: Puzzling Questions About the Classics

By ContributorApril 15, 2010
FadingRose has some interesting questions about the classics. Personally, we've always wondered why Hester didn't just tell everyone what a weenie Dimmesdale is. —SparkNotes editors We all have to read Shakespeare, Homer, and the other big guys. And while we love and appreciate these... More  →
Why Does Friar Lawrence Have a Date Rape Drug?: Puzzling Questions About the Classics

Humpty Dumpty Was an Emo Poser (and Other Lessons from Nursery Rhymes)

By kat_rosenfieldApril 15, 2010
When we were wee, young and impressionable, our parents used to tell us traditional children's stories—the same stories, no doubt, that you heard from your own parents growing up. Lighthearted tales full of heroics, brief tragedies, and whimsical rhymes, these stories have been bedtime toddler-fodder... More  →
Humpty Dumpty Was an Emo Poser (and Other Lessons from Nursery Rhymes)

Synchrogirl117's Book Review: Ender's Game & One for the Money

By ContributorApril 9, 2010
Hello everyone!  Okay, so since I have been slacking on these posts, I'm doing a two-in-one this week, so I can get (a little bit) caught up. Enjoy! Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I wasn't... More  →
Synchrogirl117's Book Review: Ender's Game & One for the Money

Blogging Eclipse: Part 20

By Dan_BergsteinApril 8, 2010
Chapter Twenty: Compromise Better Title: Bella the Beggar Sex. See how I wrote that word? It's an easy word to type. Sex. There, I did it again. Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. Heck, I can even do it with my eyes closed. Sdx. Well, you get the... More  →
Blogging Eclipse: Part 20

Guylight, and Other Books for Dudes

By ContributorApril 6, 2010
Smokey778 may be the Stephanie Meyer of dude romance novels. Seriously. You heard it here first. —SparkNotes editors For the last several years, dudes have had to suffer the "Twilight Effect," or, as they call it, "I Must Be Such a Loser... More  →
Guylight, and Other Books for Dudes

Eau de Literary Characters

By Kathryn_WilliamsApril 5, 2010
Having your own restaurant is so 2005. Your own clothing line? Muy 2007. For celebs, perfume or cologne is the trendy brand extension. It says, "I smell; therefore I am [important]." And we're all for it. No need to wear Estée Lauder when... More  →
Eau de Literary Characters

Blogging Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Part 18

By Dan_BergsteinApril 1, 2010
Chapter Eighteen: Dumbledore's Army Better Title: The Hogwarts Secret Emergency Bathroom Harry, Hermione, and Ron are busy in Charms class trying to silence various animals with magic. I guess this would be like you and me taking algebra. And just like algebra students, these kids probably whine,... More  →
Blogging Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Part 18