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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

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?)

QUIZ: Which Jane Austen Novel Do You Belong In?

By ElodieJune 9, 2016
One day you may very well find yourself living out a Jane Austen novel. I don’t know how or why this will happen—I don’t know what sort of otherworldly portal you’ve tripped and fallen into, what goblin magic you’ve trifled with, or which vengeful god... More  →
QUIZ: Which Jane Austen Novel Do You Belong In?

9 Essential Road-Trip Lessons We Learned From Lord of the Rings

By kat_rosenfieldJune 9, 2016
The weather is warm, gas is cheap, and mankind's fall is imminent—what better time for a road trip? Before you head out on the lonesome road, though, take in these crucial lessons honed by Frodo et al. on the eternal highway to Mordor. Choose your fellow road... More  →
9 Essential Road-Trip Lessons We Learned From <i>Lord of the Rings</i>

Classic Lit: Mansplained!

By Jessie GaynorJune 8, 2016
Actually, intros are the lowest form of art. Stendhal said that. Are you familiar with Stendhal?   Moby Dick Have you heard of Infinite Jest? It's really a seminal book, but sometimes women have a harder time getting it. That's just something I've observed. Anyway, speaking of seminal, Moby Dick is about... More  →
Classic Lit: Mansplained!