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From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: September 20, 1955

By Nicole DiekerJune 17, 2016
Dear Diary, I am on the train back from my holiday in Scotland. Trains are always good spots for diary-writing; they put me in a contemplative mood that is only spoiled if I'm stuck with a chatty compartment-mate. Today I am across from an elderly couple who... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: September 20, 1955

Blogging Lord of the Flies: Part 5 (The One Where This Whole Thing Got Out of Hand Really Quickly, Jeez)

By ElodieJune 17, 2016
To catch up on parts 1-4, click here! Last time, Jack finally killed a pig. In unrelated news, our survivors failed to flag down a passing ship. I’m kidding. Those things are totally related. Jack let the signal fire go out so he could embark on... More  →
Blogging <em>Lord of the Flies</em>: Part 5 (The One Where This Whole Thing Got Out of Hand Really Quickly, Jeez)

Pinterest Boards of Our Fave Fictional Heroines

By Cindy MangominiJune 17, 2016
Ever wondered what Hermione's Pinterest account would look like? Rhetorical question, OF COURSE YOU HAVE.  Cindy Mangomini answers that question for eight  of our fave fictional heroines in this gorj slideshow, saving you from ever again having to ask yourself, "But how do More  →
Pinterest Boards of Our Fave Fictional Heroines

Literary Characters I Was Not Supposed to Find Attractive But Whom I Did, Inexplicably, Find Attractive

By ElodieJune 16, 2016
You don’t choose who you love. You also don’t choose who makes you feel some special sort of way after you read about their various fictional capers. This is a safe space, right? Free of judgment and ridicule? I like to think so. I like... More  →
Literary Characters I Was Not Supposed to Find Attractive But Whom I Did, Inexplicably, Find Attractive

Blogging 1984: Parts 2 and 3

By Janet ManleyJune 15, 2016
When last we hung with Winston, his highly illegal blogging session was interrupted by a knock at the door... It's just poor old Mrs. Parsons from down the hall (30, but, again, a hard 30 because of the bleakness) who has a blocked sink. The... More  →
Blogging 1984: Parts 2 and 3

Why Girls Love Stories About Murderous Cults (And Why The Girls and American Girls Are the Best Yet)

By Lauren PassellJune 14, 2016
Two amazing books out this month look at the famous "Manson family" murders—gruesome killings carried out by young girls with long, flowing, enviable hair. As a teen who read and re-read Helter Skelter, the true-crime book about Charles Manson, Lauren Passell looks at what attracts... More  →
Why Girls Love Stories About Murderous Cults (And Why <i>The Girls</i> and <i>American Girls</i> Are the Best Yet)

Is Matilda the Early Draft of Harry Potter?

By Emily BrownJune 14, 2016
Matilda and Harry were both significant parts of my childhood, in that I'd spend hours watching those movies from the floor of the living room while I knocked back thirty tiny boxes of raisins. But it really never occurred to me that their stories had so many parallels until a couple of weeks... More  →
Is Matilda the Early Draft of Harry Potter?

12 Hunger Games Book Scenes That Definitely Should Have Made the Films

By Amanda BellJune 13, 2016
Like a lot of book-to-screen adaptations (because, hello, the books are always better, no exceptions), The Hunger Games films left many of the stories’ tastiest scene morsels on the table and created their own ways of getting Katniss from... More  →
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I Don't Need The Cursed Child

By Elaine AtwellJune 13, 2016
A claim this bold requires some credentials. To say "I love Harry Potter" falls far short of the truth. I am made of Harry Potter. I was raised by J.K. Rowling. My heart is always in two places: where I actually am and the chair in front of the... More  →
I Don't Need <i>The Cursed Child</i>

Blogging Lord of the Flies: Part 4 (The One Where Jack Finally Brings Home the Bacon, But God, At What Cost?)

By ElodieJune 10, 2016
To catch up on Parts 1, 2, and 3, click here! Having never read this book before, I’m learning a lot. Strip away the finer points of civilization, and what are we? Just a bunch of meat sacks walking around with pointy sticks. That’s... More  →
Blogging <em>Lord of the Flies</em>: Part 4 (The One Where Jack Finally Brings Home the Bacon, But God, At What Cost?)