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How to Write a Killer Thesis Statement

By Kurt HarrogateApril 20, 2016
We've all been there: sitting in front of a blank word document, staring down the blinking cursor, a writing prompt and a couple pages of notes laid out on the desk. The first step to really starting a paper is coming up with a solid... More  →
How to Write a Killer Thesis Statement

The Best and Worst Fairy Tale Films

By Maddy AaronApril 20, 2016
When you grow up watching the animated Disney delights of The Lion King, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, you're bound to develop a certain obsession fondness for fairy tales. While the imagination and wonder of far-reaching and ever-expanding fantasy and sci More  →
The Best and Worst Fairy-Tale Films

Which YA Character Would Be Your Bestie?

By Amanda BellApril 20, 2016
You might have some pretty kick-A friends in real-life, but imagine how fun it would be if some of your literary favorites were available for some off-page camaraderie, too? Let’s find out which YA character you’d buddy up with best! ... More  →
Which YA Character Would Be Your Bestie?

QUIZ: What's Your Fatal Flaw?

By ElodieApril 20, 2016
Nobody’s perfect. Take me, for example. I’m impatient, I’m easily suggestible, and I have weak ankles. But all of these flaws are nothing compared to my fatal flaw, which is like the apex of my various character deficiencies and will inevitably lead to my downfall. Want... More  →
QUIZ: What's Your Fatal Flaw?

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: August 24, 1954

By Nicole DiekerApril 20, 2016
Dear Diary, I am on the train to London. I may never see Dougal again—or worse, and more likely, I'll see him every time I visit my family. I keep thinking of his face, when I said I could not marry him. I knocked on his door... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: August 24, 1954

Open Thread for April 20!

By SparkLifeApril 20, 2016
Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT... More  →
Open Thread for April 20!

Auntie SparkNotes: My Favorite Burgers Are Problematic

By kat_rosenfieldApril 19, 2016
Dear Auntie, In my country (not the U.S.), there is a restaurant chain which offers a cheap 2-for-1 burger special on Mondays. As university students, these kinds of specials tend to be a good chance to go out for supper socially without spending too much money.... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Favorite Burgers Are Problematic

How To Avoid Body Shame in a Body Image Obsessed Culture

By Kelly HoffmacherApril 19, 2016
I’ve blogged about being in recovery from an eating disorder on this site. Even though I have a few years under my belt, I’m still triggered by the bombardment of images of thin women and our culture’s obsession with having a certain kind of body.... More  →
How To Avoid Body Shame in a Body Image Obsessed Culture

Auntie SparkNotes Live: Why Doesn't My Birthday Feel Special Anymore?

By kat_rosenfieldApril 19, 2016
Another year, another candle stuck in your nacho cheese sauce to blow out. For some reason, though, the annual celebration of your arrival on this planet seems to feel less and less important each time 'round. Does that mean that you're becoming a joyless, anti-birthday automaton?... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes Live: Why Doesn't My Birthday Feel Special Anymore?

How Would You Die In The Hunger Games?

By Amanda BellApril 19, 2016
OK, OK, so it's a little morbid. But if you’re one of the Katniss Everdeen faithful, you know you’ve been wondering how you’d fare in the arena, too. Let’s find out exactly when and how you’d kick off the cannons, shall... More  →
How Would You Die In The Hunger Games?