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7 "Crazy" Women in Literature Who Were Actually Being Totally Reasonable

By Taylor NolesAugust 1, 2017
The physically and mentally ill generally get treated like garbage in classic literature, and no one gets a worse deal than women accused of madness. At one point, the default medical opinion was that all women were insane by nature. (COME ON.) Here are 7 women... More  →
7 "Crazy" Women in Literature Who Were Actually Being Totally Reasonable

The Harry Potter Books, Ranked from Worst to Best

By ElodieJuly 31, 2017
When I’m not here on SparkNotes writing about Hamlet and My Chemical Romance, I can be found saying things like "Obviously wizards must pay taxes since Hogwarts has free tuition, but do they also have to pay Muggle taxes?" offhand to strangers on public transportation. More  →
The Harry Potter Books, Ranked from Worst to Best

All the Times Nick Describes Gatsby's Smile, Ranked in Order of How Platonic They Are

By ElodieJuly 31, 2017
A common motif in The Great Gatsby is Gatsby smiling, which is immediately followed by Nick swooning so hard he just about dies. I learned this back when I was reading the book and blogging it chapter by chapter. I tried to take note whenever this happened,... More  →
All the Times Nick Describes Gatsby's Smile, Ranked in Order of How Platonic They Are

7 of the Most Disappointing Endings in Literature

By ElodieJuly 28, 2017
Not every literary ending is a home-run. Sometimes you will be enjoying a book immensely, only to have it all go horribly wrong in the last few pages. Bottom line: there is a right way and a wrong way to end a novel. And instead of applauding the authors who did it right (w More  →
7 of the Most Disappointing Endings in Literature

Blogging To Kill a Mockingbird: Part 5

By ElodieJuly 26, 2017
Catch up on parts 1 — 4 of Blogging To Kill a Mockingbird here! Scout tells us that Jem has become extremely irritable after his brush with death. I can relate. Once I fell in a pond when I was ten years old. I didn’t almost die,... More  →
Blogging <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>: Part 5

How to Tell If a Guy Likes You (According to Classic Literature)

By ElodieJuly 25, 2017
As near as I can tell, men are an unfathomable conundrum. I know this not from personal experience (the last time I had a successful interaction with a guy was probably circa 2012), but from every women's magazine that has ever existed. Through them, I've learned there... More  →
How to Tell If a Guy Likes You (According to Classic Literature)

Blogging Animal Farm, Part 2

By Taylor NolesJuly 24, 2017
Welcome back, snuggle muffins. This is the latest installment in our Blogging the Classics series: you voted, and we listened, so this round we're covering Animal Farm. Previously, on Animal Farm: A bit of background on George "G-Eazy" Orwell and I, for... More  →
Blogging <em>Animal Farm</em>, Part 2

Our Fave Classic Lit Characters Get a Modern Makeover

By Lila SelleJuly 24, 2017
This slideshow was originally published in April 2016, but we're putting it up again because...WELL, NEED WE EVEN EXPLAIN?! Look at it. It's a gourddamn masterpiece. ENJOY.—the edsBook nerds, if ever there was a time to rejoice, THIS IS IT, for Lila Selle and Steffi Lynn h More  →
Our Fave Classic Lit Characters Get a Modern Makeover

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, As Told in a Series of Texts

By ElodieJuly 21, 2017
There have only been two good inventions in the history of mankind: texting, and Harry Potter. (I guess fire, penicillin, and the internal combustion engine are also up there, but for the sake of this intro let’s pretend they’re not.) Texting allows me to talk to peopl More  →
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, As Told in a Series of Texts

Every Book on Your English Syllabus, Summed Up in a Single Sentence

By ElodieJuly 21, 2017
Look, I don’t need to know why you’re here. I don’t need to know what misfortune has befallen you, what dark and winding road has led you to this low, low point in your life wherein you are Googling things like "[book title] summed up in a single sentence." You hear me More  →
Every Book on Your English Syllabus, Summed Up in a Single Sentence