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Get the Sneakiest of Peeks This Weekend As Part of Get Pop Cultured

By SparkLifeJuly 18, 2014
We here at SparkLife are obviously highly educated people with numerous PhDs in nerd culture (PLEASE CALL US "DOCTOR SPARKITOR" FROM NOW ON), and all the Nobel prizes for services rendered to "geeking out over our own fear landscapes," so it is with... More  →
Get the Sneakiest of Peeks This Weekend As Part of Get Pop Cultured

Eragon Fans! Christopher Paolini Gives the Goss on Inheritance and Being a Writerbot

By SparkLifeJuly 16, 2014
This post is cross-published from SparkNotes' BFF, the Barnes and Noble Book Blog. Writing the Inheritance Cycle was like training for and competing in the Olympics. For over twelve years, I spent nearly every waking moment working on, thinking about, or discussing the series. When... More  →
Eragon Fans! Christopher Paolini Gives the Goss on <i>Inheritance</i> and Being a Writerbot
35 Signs You Are a YA Villain

35 Signs You Are a YA Villain

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 16, 2014
We all harbor dark thoughts from time to time. Stand by your friends at orientation, or bad-mouth them to impress some cool jerk? Engage your rivals in public debate, or poison their families and nuke District 13? The wrongest decision sometimes feels oh so right. The... More  →

10 Things We Learned About Rainbow Rowell at Her Landline Reading

By Melissa AlbertJuly 10, 2014
Sometimes when you meet an author, they’re nothing like you think they’ll be, but Rainbow Rowell, author of YA masterpieces Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, is just as funny, smart, and full of stories and insights as you’d expect. To celebrate the release of her new... More  →
10 Things We Learned About Rainbow Rowell at Her <i>Landline</i> Reading

7 Real-Life Things Inspired by the Harry Potter Series (One of Which Will TERRIFY YOU TO YOUR VERY CORE)

By ElodieJuly 10, 2014
Harry Potter—it's the franchise that launched a thousand ships (GET IT?!), seven books, eight movies, its own musical genre, a theme park, countless fan sites, a puppet show web series, a legitimate sport,... More  →
7 Real-Life Things Inspired by the Harry Potter Series (One of Which Will TERRIFY YOU TO YOUR VERY CORE)

Burning Thoughts We Have About the New Mockingjay Teaser!

By Janet ManleyJuly 9, 2014
In a new dispatch from the Great White Bathroom Beyond the Districts, President Snow sits upon a white throne with Peeta Mellark and Johanna Mason by his side; the soap dispenser and toothbrush to his royal privy. Snow has the sheen of a newly... More  →
Burning Thoughts We Have About the New <i>Mockingjay</i> Teaser!

Rita Skeeter: Dumbledore's Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup - Where Are They Now?!

By Janet ManleyJuly 8, 2014
Harry Potter and his wife Ginny ("Ginevre"), as well as their children James and Albus (*think about rainbows think about rainbows*), are alive and well, if sporting a few grey hairs, and recently attended the Quidditch World Cup in Patagonia. Shameless yellow journalist Rita Skeeter... More  →
Rita Skeeter: Dumbledore's Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup - Where Are They Now?!
Cowards, Jerks, & Cake-Baking Fiends: The Famous Flaws of Our Fave Fictional Characters!

Cowards, Jerks, & Cake-Baking Fiends: The Famous Flaws of Our Fave Fictional Characters!

By Chelsea DaggerJuly 1, 2014
A ridiculously good-looking, wildly attractive, super handsome Sparkitor once said, "It is not my strengths that define me, but my weaknesses—which include, but are not limited to, my inexplicable sweatiness, my gigantic forehead, and my baffling inability to construct a p More  →

8 Counter-Culture Books You Need to Read Before College

By Christin GestJune 27, 2014
You've probably checked Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird off your mandatory-but-actually-enjoyable reading list. They're both books that challenge our idea of the status quo (status quo: the toast-eating, Hyundai-driving, boring-job-having center of "normal" More  →
8 Counter Culture Books You Need to Read Before College

The Mockingjay Teaser Trailer Isn't Creepy, No, Not At All

By Janet ManleyJune 25, 2014
The all-Vera Wang-Wedgewood film set, resplendent with Vera Wang throne, is not creepy, not creepy at all. The encroaching words of propaganda ("PROSPERITY") are not creepy, not at all. President Snow's red eyerims and ulcered mouth aren't troubling, no of course not. The Backstreet Boys-esque white lounge suits... More  →
The <i>Mockingjay</i> Teaser Trailer Isn't Creepy, No, Not At All