Dear NPR: Hazel is not Spiderman (A response to the Diane Rhem Show’s “Readers’ Review of The Fault in Our Stars”)
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Dear NPR: Hazel is not Spiderman (A response to the Diane Rhem Show’s “Readers’ Review of The Fault in Our Stars”)

By: Rebekah Fitzsimmons Dear NPR: I am normally a big fan of your programming; if I weren’t a very poor graduate student, I would likely be a financial supporter as well. So, when I say that I was really really disappointed by your Wednesday, June 25th episode of the Diane Rehm Show, I want you to … Continue reading

Anna and the Agency of True Love
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Anna and the Agency of True Love

By: Casey Wilson
In the months since Frozen’s release, we’ve seen many discussions about what it does differently than most Disney movies: the importance of the sisterly bond, the way the movie mocks notions of insta-love, the multiple ways Elsa’s anthem “Let It Go” can be interpreted. All of these topics have made for meaty conversations about what we expect from Continue reading

Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

By: Rebekah Fitzsimmons
Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games film series debuted number one at the box office its opening weekend and as of December 16, 2013 had grossed $739.9 million, outdistancing its predecessor and remaining in the top 5 films at the box office, up against blockbusters like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Disney’s Frozen. Continue reading

The Male Gaze in Beautiful Creatures
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The Male Gaze in Beautiful Creatures

By: Kristen Gregory
In Beautiful Creatures (2009), Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl make the unusual decision to narrate the romantic plot through the male point of view. Instead of being inside the head of a teenage girl, the reader views the narrative through the eyes of Ethan, a sixteen-year-old boy. At first, I welcomed this shift in perspective because I anticipated that it would be a refreshing change from the traditional… Continue reading