Where the Queer Characters at?

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I’m a character-driven reader: it’s the characters that suck me into the plot and make me want to keep turning the pages.  I especially love finding characters who resemble me in some way, from hair texture to musical inclinations. But what happens when you almost never see a key component of your identity mirrored in the characters you love?

I identify as bisexual, and I want to know where the queer characters are in mainstream literature.

To be clear, I’m not talking about the characters you find in the LGBTQ+ section of the bookstore. I hate browsing in that section and feeling that I have to seek out these characters, and that when I do their narratives are only focused on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  I just want queer characters to exist organically in the books read by the mainstream public. Continue Reading ›

Beautiful Bookish Advertisements From Israel’s Oldest Bookstore Chain

Steimatzky, founded way back in 1925 in Tel-Aviv, collaborated with GREY Group ad agency in 2013 to create ads that captured the imaginative nature and adventure of books. They feature the readers falling asleep and sweetly snoozing next to their novels’ characters.

These even make taking a nap with Stalin look charming!

Check them out, and let us know your favorites (or books/characters that would make compelling ads you think they missed) in the comments! Harry Potter IMHO… but that’s always a given with me.

The Fellowship of the Ring  by J.R.R. Tolkein

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The Secret Literary Lives of the eNotes Staff: What We’re Reading Now

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They have dedicated their days to making Hamlet survivable. To making calculus doable and those funky little greek letter things decipherable. They maintain the complex virtual temple of learning that is the website. What is this pantheon, you ask? Who are these noble masters of learning, these repositories of wisdom and knowledge? This is the eNotes staff. And they are reading only great literature, all the time.

Okay. Some of them are reading great literature all of the time. Some of the time. A couple of us. Once in a while. Meet the eNotes staff. Continue Reading ›

Ode to Adolescence and Maybe John Green: #VeryRealisticYA Gets Real

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If there’s one thing we love here at eNotes it’s literature. We also love wit, and the latest trending hashtag combined both.

Last week #VeryRealisticYA began trending and the results were nothing short of hilarious and harshly truthful. The YA (young-adult) fiction genre is alluring and entertaining for many audiences, but can be melodramatic and oftentimes unrealistic. The hashtag participators sought to bring light and realism to the genre. There’s nothing quite as postmodern as the ironic, honest words of the Twitterverse.

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8 Ridiculous College Classes (…that we’d totally take!)

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Ah… the charming chime of your 6am alarm clock, making sure you are on your way to first period, or your 7:30am chem class (what were you thinking in scheduling that!?).

Perhaps your mornings would be a little less grouchy if you were on your way to study the science of Hogwarts or the mythical language of Middle-Earth. With the rising cost of education, you can’t help but think WTF to the following classes but… we’re all secretly jealous we didn’t sign up for these literary electives:

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7 Wintery Novels To Cozy Up To

eNoters! We are so close to springtime!

Birds, bees, apple trees, and sunscreen. It’s almost in our reach. But when the sun comes back, we lose our (completely viable) excuse to stay in after school/work… with our fuzzy slippers & snowflake jammies, bingeing on Netflix or absorbed in a book all night.

Let’s be clear: coming from an introvert, I never condemn these practices any time of year. But the other people of the world expect, yah know, some sort of human contact every now and then. *sigh*

So, let’s take advantage of the coming months’ gift of socially acceptable pajama-donning YOU time. Here’s some great winter-themed reads to keep you cozied up inside:

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