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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

Writer Wars: Two Sentence Horror Winners!

By reidfaylorJuly 16, 2014
This week's Writer Wars winner slideshow is a little different. Last week's prompt had everyone write two sentence horror stories, and since there were so many and they were so short, I decided to illustrate not one, not two, not even three, but four shorts. The Sparklers' More  →
Writer Wars: Two Sentence Horror Winners!

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Total Oy-Vey

By H. Alan ScottJuly 16, 2014

Israel to Palestine: You’ve been attacking us for years, now we’re retaliating.

Palestine to Israel: Whoa big guy, you’ve been treating us like crap forever—oh, and attacking us. p.s., you stole our land!

That’s pretty much what’s been going down, and it’s only getting

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The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Total Oy-Vey

What It's Like to Move Away From Home

By Jason SaenzJuly 16, 2014
If you are about to head off to college, then you are about to embark on one of life's greatest adventures. The open road, your own dorm room, parties as far as the eye can see.  But that also means no parents. While that can... More  →
What It's Like to Move Away From Home
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  →

Tween Metal Band Gets a Record Deal and We Help Them With Album Titles

By Rebecca Jane StokesJuly 16, 2014
It's not unusual for a group of tweens to start a band. It is LESS COMMON, however, for that band to be amazing (real talk: even the Beatles weren't great right off the bat). An even rarer feat? When that band is hardcore metal and... More  →
Tween Metal Band Gets a Record Deal and We Help Them With Album Titles
Subjects No One Talks About but Everyone Studies in High School

Subjects No One Talks About but Everyone Studies in High School

By Christi ChielloJuly 16, 2014
“I don’t focus on anything other than academics. I am all work, all the time.  Other teenage 'drama' doesn’t apply to me.” ^LADIES & GENTLEMEN, EXHIBIT A: THE HIGH SCHOOLER IN DENIAL^ We don’t like to use words like “liar” or terms like "super big liar," but... More  →

Auntie SparkNotes: I Need a Plan for Telling My Parents I'm Moving in with My Boyfriend

By kat_rosenfieldJuly 15, 2014
Hello, Auntie! I was reading through past posts in the wee hours of the morning when I realized that while I could empathize with many of the young people writing to you, having been in their shoes, I think I have reached a different part of... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I Need a Plan for Telling My Parents I'm Moving in with My Boyfriend

10 Fashion Trends Explained by Evolution

By Erik BergstromJuly 15, 2014
We know that platform shoes are "back," but where did they come from originally? What would possess an entire country of beachgoers to embrace the "face-kini?" Are beards responsible for the Industrial Revolution? There are so many questions about fashion that we need to as More  →
10 Fashion Trends Explained by Evolution