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Women Are Talking About Bad Sex, and That Is a Good Thing

Regardless of how you feel about Kristen Roupenian's "Cat Person" as a literary piece, the way that it's blown up on social media shows that it struck a chord with women (and men) about dating, sex, and how technology has made things harder and more complicated.

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Outlander Introduces Slavery Into Its Narrative So Claire & Jamie Can Make Heart Eyes in Jamaica

The ways in which this episode of Outlander made me cringe and rage were varied and immense. From the "tropical drum beat" added to the opening song, to the fact that it's an episode filled with nameless black people, and that Claire ends up participating in slavery. Ugh, guys, you should have just stayed in Europe.

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The Big Sleep to The Big Short: The Rise of Post-Financial Crisis Crime Fiction

Capitalism and American crime fiction have always been intertwined because greed and crime have always been intertwined.

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Harry Potter and the Stolen Prequel: J.K. Rowling Needs Your Detective Skills

J.K. Rowling, in support of English PEN, an organization that defends freedom of expression and works to remove barriers from literature, created a handwritten Harry Potter prequel that she wrote on a double sided postcard and allowed English PEN to sell at auction. A lucky bidder won it, purchased it, and everything was honky-dory. That is, until that bidder's home was burgled.

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Men Grin and Women Scream: A New Analysis of Gendered Words in Fiction

Author Ben Blatt set up an algorithm to analyze the gendering of certain actions and vocabulary words in fiction, and the results revealed a whole lot about our cultural subconscious.

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My Protagonist Is Not the Center of the Universe: One Author’s Take on How to Not Write the White Savior

It was important for me to be able to include characters who were Native American, and not whitewash the weird west. I try to be respectful, but mostly I try really, really hard not to be a dick.

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Stephen King Shares “Intense” Batman and Robin Story on NPR’s Selected Shorts Podcast

The newly-established Selected Shorts podcast is where all the Selected Shorts stories with curse words, sexual situations, and descriptions of violence can find a home away from the FCC regulations that . In Episode 2, Stephen King delivers an "intense story about family, love, and dying" called “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation."

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Interview: Journalist Laurie Penny Talks Feminism in Geek Culture and the Politics of Fiction

"Stories are changing right now, and that is fascinating and exciting to me. And it's really also terrifying to a certain kind of guy whose entire sense of self has been predicated on the idea that the heroes of any story you can possibly think of will look and sound just like him."

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LadyStar: Escape from Widow Island, Part Seven

"Okay, wait wait. Let's think about this first." Jessica Halloran made sure to speak up quickly, as Ranko was already advancing towards the apparition at the Shroud courtyard entrance. Overhead, the distorted windows and strange-looking surface of the tower obscured the sparse starlight.

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LadyStar: Escape from Widow Island, Part Six

"Shannon never came back." Jessica and Talitha both realized the Huntress' last "look around" had turned into an extended absence. "She's okay, isn't she?" Cici asked, looking up at Jessica for reassurance.

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LadyStar: Escape from Widow Island, Part Five

In this new multi-part serialized fiction story for The Mary Sue, LadyStar: Escape from Widow’s Island tells the story of Jessica and her team of fighters pitted against their teacher during the last phase of their training as Ajan Warriors.

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LadyStar: Escape from Widow Island, Part Four

Jessica's breath was stolen from her in a heart-pounding instant. She fought urgently to keep control as the arachnid horror obscured the moonlight. It's razor-sharp hair glinted. The gargantuan widow advanced like a striking snake, and Jessica smoothly danced back, holding Aria in the classic overhead defense stance she had practiced until she could deflect blades in her sleep.

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LadyStar: Escape from Widow Island, Part Three

In this new multi-part serialized fiction story for The Mary Sue, LadyStar: Escape from Widow’s Island tells the story of Jessica and her team of fighters pitted against their teacher during the last phase of their training as Ajan Warriors.

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LadyStar: Escape from Widow Island, Part Two

Because who doesn't love a little serialized fiction about lady fighters?

In this new multi-part serialized fiction story for The Mary Sue, LadyStar: Escape from Widow’s Island tells the story of Jessica and her team of fighters pitted against their teacher during the last phase of their training as Ajan Warriors.

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LadyStar: Escape from Widow Island, Part One

Because who doesn't love a little serialized fiction about lady fighters?

In this new multi-part serialized fiction story for The Mary Sue, LadyStar: Escape from Widow's Island tells the story of Jessica and her team of fighters pitted against their teacher during the last phase of their training as Ajan Warriors.

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Judy Blume Has A Reminder For All Of Us: Read Whatever You Want

Are you there, God? It's me, the voice of reason.

The woman who taught me about boobs, boys and periods shared sage words earlier this month on the value of books and the ability of children to "self-censor" themselves when reading mature material. If my third-grade experience of the masturbation scene in Deenie is any indication, the Grand Dame of YA is absolutely right.

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Does Fiction Even Exist, Maaan? PBS Idea Channel Explains [Video]

The question alone is giving me the munchies.

Okay, strap in nerds: it's about to get philosophical up in here. Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel wants you to know that reality is a construct and fictional objects have properties, therefore they might exist -- and he uses the boy wizard Harry Potter as his prime example.

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Fiction, a Gallery Show of Wonderfully Subtle and Strange Portraits of Literary Characters

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Modern Eden is showcasing the work of a number of artists all working off of the same idea: painted portraits of fictional characters old and new, from all genres. The portraits are lovely, but since they're original art, you'll be reaching deep to get one for yourself. Better to just gaze at them through the internet and sigh longingly. We've posted a few here, but there are more than two dozen at Modern Eden's site.

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Watch Some of Your Favorite Literary Characters Gain Faces Through Composite Technology

And I'll Form the Head!

Recently there's been a composite sketch going around of what 50 Shade's of Grey's Christian Grey would look like. And that's all well and good, whatever, he kind of looks like Jonathan Taylor Thomas, etc. What we're interested in this new video and the tumblr that goes along with it, which features the composites of a whole bunch of literary characters. There's something a tad strange about being confronted with the faces of characters we've imagined in our heads for so long when those faces do not belong to famous or soon-to-be-famous actors. That in itself says a lot about what it's like to consume media in today's day and age, so we find this project by Brian Joseph Davis to be very intriguing indeed. (via Thirst For Salt)

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Sean Parker Calls The Social Network Total Fiction

Napster founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker recently spoke at the Digital Life Design conference where he discussed the movie The Social Network with, of all people, Brazilian magical realism novelist Paulo Coelho. As mindblowing as that match-up is, more pertinent is Parker's comment that while he liked the film, it is "a complete work of fiction."

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