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15 of the Most Infamous Deleted Chapters in History
Revision is a vital aspect of creation; all authors delete, re-write, and occasionally burn entire manuscripts with tears streaming down their faces. Most...
darkness and light
The Gothic Novel Survival Guide
So, you’ve found yourself in the 18th or 19th century, stuck in a gothic—or Southern Gothic!—novel. Surrounded by mysterious settings, dangerous...
5 Famous Novels That Have Huge Mistakes
Writing a novel is a supreme effort of imagination, creativity, and discipline. Building a world with words and inhabiting it with characters readers care...
are you afraid of the dark?
Take Our Quiz to Determine Your Horror Story IQ
A good scary story can sink into your bones and leave you afraid of the dark for years to come. The best horror writers know exactly how much detail to...
13 Signs You Might Be Living in a Gothic Novel
We love gothic novels for their emotional power, their over-the-top drama, and the creepy-shivery feelings we get while reading them. Of course, part of...
children's books revisited
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Cures 5 Fictional Villains
While writing this post, I stopped by my local Barnes & Noble to revisit the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. When I asked the sales assistant where the Mrs....
2 New Books (and 5 Old Ones) That Prove the Epistolary Novel is Alive and Well
When we previously considered the role of narrative voice in fiction, we left out one of the biggies—one in which, if you think about it, there is...
What Book Adaptation Are You Most Excited to See Onscreen in 2014?
Lights! Camera! Adaptations! Do you know what my favorite kind of movie is? The kind that’s based on books. And 2014 is chock-a-block with cinematic...
the deadly sins reading list
The 7 Deadly Sins Reading List: Lust
You’ve been waiting for it. You know you have. Don’t deny it—we know it’s everyone’s favorite mortal sin. And why shouldn’t...
Classic Books Re-Dramatized as Lifetime Original Movies
Dear Lifetime Movie Network, We’ve got ideas! They involve: drama, murder, adultery (LOTS of adultery—everyone’s cheating on everyone), fancy...
City-Hopping with Books through Europe
Can’t you just picture it? You, looking casually stunning at a café table on a busy European avenue, sipping the local brew, taking in a scene that...