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"Reach For the Stars-But Only If the Peacekeepers Instruct You To": Excerpts from Graduation Speeches by Literary Villains!

By Jessie GaynorJune 3, 2015
Graduation season is upon us, Sparklers! And sure, every school wants to score a great speaker to inspire its graduating class, but heroes and heroines are so overbooked this time of year. Why not consider a villain instead? Here’s a preview of the words of wisdom that som More  →
"Reach For the Stars-But Only If the Peacekeepers Instruct You To": Excerpts from Graduation Speeches by Literary Villains!

Ham Costumes Through the Ages

By reidfaylorJune 2, 2015
As part of our ongoing celebration of the 50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird and the upcoming release of Go Set a Watchman, we asked artist extraordinaire Reid Faylor (and resident lunch meat expert) to illustrate Scout-inspired ham costumes throughout histo More  →
Ham Costumes Through the Ages

Merriam-Webster Adds New "Words" to the Dictionary, Brings an End to Civilization as We Know It

By Katherine MollyJune 2, 2015
Merriam-Webster has just announced they've added 1,700 new entries to the dictionary—and one of them is WTF. Seriously, Merriam-Webster? Do you realize that WTF is an abbreviation, not a word? What if we treated all our abbreviations like words and started using them in Scrabble... More  →
Merriam-Webster Adds New "Words" to the Dictionary, Brings an End to Civilization as We Know It

YA Novel Girl at the Bottom of the Sea Is a Must-Read for Anyone Who's Ever Wanted to Be a Mermaid

By Olivia DolphinJune 1, 2015
IT'S HERE, IT'S HERE! The sequel to Michelle Tea's Mermaid of Chelsea Creek is out TODAY, and we CANNOT STOP SQUEEING. Girl at the Bottom of the Sea is full of underwater adventures, DARK MAGIC, and fascinatingly fantastical characters who will either help or hinder... More  →
YA Novel <em>Girl at the Bottom of the Sea</em> Is a Must-Read for Anyone Who's Ever Wanted to Be a Mermaid
ATTENTION ALL HARDCORE HARPER LEE FANS: Here's a Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Scout Finch-Approved Nail Art!

ATTENTION ALL HARDCORE HARPER LEE FANS: Here's a Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Scout Finch-Approved Nail Art!

By Page SchumacherJune 1, 2015
With the release of Go Set A Watchman quickly approaching, and the fire of To Kill A Mockingbird reemerging with a vigor not seen since your freshman English class, you’re going to need a way to show your love for this classically rad novel.  So, why not rock some To K More  →

20 Ways You Definitely SHOULD NOT Start Your Novel

By Josh SorokachJune 1, 2015
Writing is hard. In fact, that last sentence alone took us 20 minutes to construct, mostly because we were questioning every choice we made. Is the word "hard" too simple? Should we have used arduous or onerous instead? Or are arduous and onerous ostentatious? Is... More  →
20 Ways You Definitely SHOULD NOT Start Your Novel

ALBY, A Choose Your Own Adventure Story: The Traitor

By reidfaylorMay 29, 2015

A friendly note from the author: As you can see, we have another new format. I will miss the slideshow, but this makes more sense for SparkLife at the moment. Ultimately it’s all the same content, and though a little less fancy, we... More  →

ALBY, A Choose Your Own Adventure Story: The Traitor

In THE WORLD'S MOST WONDROUS SLIDESHOW, the Stars of Harry Potter Share Their Favorite Lines From the Films!

By ElodieMay 28, 2015
Two-part question for you guys: 1) what is the greatest quote in all of the Harry Potter universe, and 2) why is it most definitely that part where Harry tells Snape that Roonil Wazlib is his nickname? "This is the copy of Advanced Potion-Making that you purchased fro More  →
In THE WORLD'S MOST WONDROUS SLIDESHOW, the Stars of <em>Harry Potter</em> Share Their Favorite Lines From the Films!

Would You Rather: Battle Of The Fandoms Edition!

By AddisonMay 26, 2015
ATTENTION SPARKLEVERSE: THIS IS NOT A DRILL. WE REPEAT: THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Today, a GREAT and TERRIBLE game makes its triumphant return to SparkLife: welcome to the newest edition of Would You Rather! From the beginning of time and space, fandoms have been our binding More  →
Would You Rather: Battle Of The Fandoms Edition!