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The 20 Most Couple-y Things You Can Do This Holiday Season

By Abbey ClarkeDecember 16, 2014
Say you’re part of a couple. Or you’re not, but you’re taking notes. What’re you planning on doing this holiday season? There’s something about this time that can get even grinches into a lovey-dovey mood. But if you’re stuck on how to exactly express your... More  →
The 20 Most Couple-y Things You Can Do This Holiday Season

50 Better Ways To Spend Post-Finals Week

By AddisonDecember 16, 2014
Nobody knows the struggle before Finals Week better than you do. You try to gather your notes up in a storm when you realize you never paid attention in any of those classes (err, Leprechaun Economics was it?), try hard not to focus on the... More  →
50 Better Ways To Spend Post-Finals Week

Open Thread for December 16!

By SparkLifeDecember 16, 2014
Name that bridge! Submit your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pix on the site!... More  →
Open Thread for December 16!

Auntie SparkNotes: I Want To Be Over My Ex By Next Week

By kat_rosenfieldDecember 15, 2014
Dear Auntie, I know you might be sick of these, but I have a relationship problem. I am a freshman in college, and my first "actual" boyfriend broke up with me (I've had guys in the past who have liked me and whom I liked, but... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I Want To Be Over My Ex By Next Week
The Fangirl's Gift Guide

The Fangirl's Gift Guide

By KathDecember 15, 2014
What do you get for the fangirl who has everything—at least online? Try these gifts on for size. They'll make your fangirl buddies squee with feels. Oh, and before you cry, "But where are the Harry Potter gifts!?", then friend, accio this article by Sparkler Elodie. More  →

Martin Freeman's Hobbit/Office Mashup Sees One Ring to Rule Them All Lodged in Jell-O

By Nicole DiekerDecember 15, 2014
If you missed Saturday Night Live last week, you missed Martin Freeman combining his roles of The Hobbit's Bilbo Baggins and The Office's Tim Canterbury and giving us: LORD OF THE REAMS (of paper, because it's a paper company) Luckily for you, we've got video: Now, a lot of you have... More  →
Martin Freeman's <i>Hobbit/Office</i> Mashup Sees One Ring to Rule Them All Lodged in Jell-O

Pottermore Surprises ABOUND: We Learn About the Leaky Cauldron, Snape, & Voldemort's Secret Vendetta Against Good Ice Cream

By ElodieDecember 15, 2014
If you're anything like us, you spent your weekend eating whole gingerbread houses, Googling photos of teacup pigs in teacups, and catching up on the latest Pottermore info. (We're sorry you didn't get a lot of homework done. We're not sorry your weekend... More  →
Enter The Mindhut Short Fiction Contest!

Enter The Mindhut Short Fiction Contest!

By Ryan BrittDecember 15, 2014
Greetings flash-fiction writer. You’ve been recruited by SparkNotes/The MindHut to defend the frontier against the boring armada of a world without cool fiction stories. To that effect, we’re asking you to enter The MindHut Short Fiction Contest. If you're new to The MindHut, we'd first like... More  →
Suzanne Collins Knows What's What with Civil Rights; Look at What <i>Mockingjay</i> Can Teach Us About Racism Today

Suzanne Collins Knows What's What with Civil Rights; Look at What Mockingjay Can Teach Us About Racism Today

By Janet ManleyDecember 15, 2014
You probably know the phrase, "Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever." Peeta's face: "... forever is going to su-hu-huck." BECAUSE YOU ARE SMART, you already know that Panem derives from the Latin panem et circenses—"bread and circuses," trivialities doled out by the government to distract citizens from the... More  →
The Best Book to Give to EVERYONE on Your List

The Best Book to Give to EVERYONE on Your List

By Jennifer GrudzieckiDecember 15, 2014
Picking the right book for every person on your list can be tough. Figuring out the perfectly personal inscription to write inside it can be even harder. Don't worry: we've got both COVERED AND JACKETED for you. More  →