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We Are Running a Survey About SparkNotes-Please Give Us Your Thoughts!

By SparkLifeFebruary 9, 2016
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT YOUR HOMEWORK. JK, we are looking for input from actual humans who use SparkNotes (this basically includes Elizabeth Banks, she pretty much said so, remember), and we want to make sure we hear from ACTUAL, GILT-EDGED SPARKLERS as well... More  →
We Are Running a Survey About SparkNotes-Please Give Us Your Thoughts!

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: December 10, 1947

By Nicole DiekerFebruary 9, 2016
Dear Diary, Today was my first Transfiguration exam: turning a mouse into a snuff box. Professor Dumbledore gave us all three tries, and I was worried that I wouldn't pass on my first go. You still pass, even if it takes you three times, but I didn't... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: December 10, 1947

The Characters of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, As Told By YOUR COMMENTS

By ElodieFebruary 9, 2016
First of all, if you haven't yet seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, what's wrong with you? What, you're busy? Too busy to become a better you? Too busy to let it change your life? I saw it and then immediately saw it again, and I cried in all the same places, but that's b More  →
The Characters of <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em>, As Told By YOUR COMMENTS

Auntie SparkNotes: Men Make Me Nervous

By kat_rosenfieldFebruary 8, 2016
Dear Auntie, When I was growing up, I had bad experiences with my mom's then-boyfriend. He was very controlling to the point where I couldn't do anything I wanted and wasn't really allowed to go anywhere either. He also wasn't very good to my mom which... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Men Make Me Nervous

I Completely Changed My Major (TWICE) and Lived to Tell the Tale

By Andrew TavinFebruary 8, 2016
It might seem like picking a major is the single most important decision you will make in your entire life. That as soon as you get to college, a man in a big top hat with an even bigger clipboard will ask you what your... More  →
I Completely Changed My Major (TWICE) and Lived to Tell the Tale

These Star Wars Valentines *Will* Set Your Heart Free

By Lizzie OwenFebruary 8, 2016
Star Wars has a way of targeting you RIGHT IN YOUR WEAK SPOT and leaving an asteroid belt of feels in its wake. What better way, then, to tell that special someone/Jedi/droid they're The One than a Star Wars Valentine card?These love letters by Lizzie Owen are too too adorab More  →
These Star Wars Valentines *Will* Set Your Heart Free

11 Romantic Movies You Should Watch Before Seeing The Notebook for the Millionth Time

By Maddy AaronFebruary 8, 2016
You've seen Bridget Jones's Diary 100 times (and the subpar sequel at least 50). You can recite every line from Love, Actually, even the ones in Portuguese. You've watched When Harry Met Sally, Titanic, Pride and Prejudice (BBC and Keira versions), and Gone with the Wind un More  →
11 Romantic Movies You Should Watch Before Seeing <em>The Notebook</em> for the Millionth Time

Food-Themed Valentines for Your Favorite Hunk (of Cheese)

By ziggykelsmanFebruary 5, 2016
Everyone knows that the dual purposes of Valentine's Day are to eat your weight in chocolate—and if some S.O.-type happens to be hanging around and wants to bear witness, then SO BE IT—and making dumb puns about love. We hope you'll choo-choo-choose to hop aboard thi More  →
Food-Themed Valentines for Your Favorite Hunk (of Cheese)

SparkNoting the Election: New Hampshire Sounds Like a Lovely Place to Get Some Butterbeer

By H. Alan ScottFebruary 5, 2016
Wait, what just happened in the Iowa caucus? Hillary and Bernie were so close! If this were Revolutionary War times, they’d have a duel to settle the tie and we would skip right ahead to the Democratic National Convention. Fortunately for both of them,... More  →
SparkNoting the Election: New Hampshire Sounds Like a Lovely Place to Get Some Butterbeer

The 1st Place Winner of the SparkLife Identity Essay Contest!

By Olivia G.February 5, 2016
Cotton Ball "Why does your hair look like that?” The random question boggled my poor little seven-year-old mind. “Like what?” “Like…puffy. It’s like a cotton ball.” Amanda grabbed my tightly-coiled hair.“It’s so weird.” “I don’t know.” I answered. And I didn’t. I hadn’t even thought about it. Amanda resumed coloring,... More  →
The 1st Place Winner of the SparkLife Identity Essay Contest!