Jesse Pinkman, You Were Always Better

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Jesse Pinkman, You Were Always Better

Dear Jesse Pinkman. Dearest Jesse Pinkman. Jesse Pinkman, light of my life, fire of my loins, maker of my meth… or, I mean, not my meth. Our meth. The...
Rest in Peace Sue Townsend, and Thank You for Adrian Mole

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Rest in Peace Sue Townsend, and Thank You for Adrian Mole

True story: The first time we heard about a series of books featuring one Adrian Mole, we pictured a sort of Wind in the Willows situation—a story...
5 Jack the Ripper–Inspired Romps

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5 Jack the Ripper–Inspired Romps

Of all the serial killers ever to kill, serially, has there ever been one whose mere mention is more evocative than Jack the Ripper? The name alone brings...
Classic Literature, Genderflipped

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Classic Literature, Genderflipped

Late last month, Slate writer Michelle Nijhuis penned a confession that no doubt brought the internet’s Tolkien fanboys to their Mithrael-padded...
Ten Literary Characters You Love to Hate

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Ten Literary Characters You Love to Hate

What’s the only thing better than a literary hero you can root for like a rabid cheerleader? How about a villain whose imminent demise you yearn for...
5 Books to Read Before Your Trip to France

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5 Books to Read Before Your Trip to France

Whether you’re headed to Paris next year for Fashion Week, going coastal on the Riviera, or planning to spend your holiday vacation drinking all the...
Seven Scary October Reads

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Seven Scary October Reads

The temperature is dropping, the days are darkening, and the calls are coming from inside the house! For thrills and chills are an important part of the...
The 8 Most Famous Body Parts In Fiction

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The 8 Most Famous Body Parts In Fiction

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5 Jobs No Romantic Hero Should Have

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5 Jobs No Romantic Hero Should Have

In the world of romantic literature, there are certain necessary characteristics that any gratuitously sexy hero needs in order to win the hearts (and drop...
Why Won’t My Friends Read the Books I Love?

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Why Won’t My Friends Read the Books I Love?

Dear Literary Lady, My friends never finish the books I lend them. What’s up with that? What’s up with that? Alas, dear reader, it could be any...
5 Literary Characters Who Deserve Their Own Enormous Portraits

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5 Literary Characters Who Deserve Their Own Enormous Portraits

Is there any character out there more frustrating, more titillating, more hnnnnnngggh-inducing, than the infuriatingly sexy Mr. Darcy of Pride and...
What Went On In the Dan Brown Bunker?

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What Went On In the Dan Brown Bunker?

Despite the rantings of our favorite conspiracy theorist Facebook friends, we all know that Dan Brown’s books aren’t actually a fount of vital,...