A Year in Review: Top Literary Moments of 2017

Literarily speaking, 2017 was packed with as much drama as a bestselling novel. We saw dire dystopian books fly off the shelves, a piece of short fiction break the internet, and a trollish alt-right personality battle it out with an ex-publisher. There was scandalous “bestseller” manipulation—caught red-handed in real time—and gloves torn off for the…

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Seven Reads To Lift Your Holiday Spirit

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season are in full swing. While some of us may be roasting chestnuts on an open fire, others are feeling overwhelmed by the chaos. Winter is the perfect reading season, so why not avoid the mall mayhem and indulge in some light reading? Here are seven holiday reads…

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The Good, the Bad, and the Gross: Dark Origins of Our Favorite Fairy Tales

We’re all familiar with at least some aspects of most fairy tales. After all, who hasn’t seen a Disney movie complete with singing princesses and their trusty dancing spoons? To some, these stories are perfection and you don’t mess with perfection. But alas, the original creators of these beloved tales weren’t thinking about singing teacups…

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The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

In honor of the Mr. Holmes movie release this weekend, starring Gandalf Sir Ian McKellen, we wanted to look back at the various faces of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s infamous detective. The original text describes Holmes as “over six feet” tall and “excessively lean”, with sharp, piercing eyes and a “hawk-like nose” (A Study in…

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Nine Movies You Didn’t Know Had Literary Origins

1. The Lion King (and its sequels) Don’t be fooled by the fur—Disney only superficially disguised Shakespeare’s Hamlet with adorable lion cubs. Scar, a.k.a. Claudius, murders his brother on the sly and takes his throne, leaving young Hamlet—er, Simba—to travel the circle of life alone and conflicted. Fortunately for Simba, Walt apparently didn’t make it…

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