Books & Comics

Jughead Jones is Asexual and We Don’t Need ‘Riverdale’ to Prove It

March 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

When Riverdale appeared on television screens last fall, fans of the original Archie Comics were curious about how the show was going to handle the most intriguing character in the Archieverse – Jughead P. Jones. Jughead has always been somewhat of an enigma. Why the button-clad crown? Why so many hamburgers? Why the half-lidded eyes? When Jughead was revealed as the de facto narrator-blogger-moral compass of the CW’s Riverdale, the role made sense to fans of the original comics. But //

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

August 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you haven’t seen or read it yet, whip out your Time-Turner and spool backwards now. The time has come for yet another article reacting to the strange tale that is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’ve been an avowed Potterhead ever since I received The Philosopher’s Stone as a gift for my thirteenth birthday. As such, I have been nervously anticipating the release of Jack Thorne’s The Cursed //

Books vs Film Adaptations: Which Is Better?

January 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Historically, it’s almost always been the case that “the book is better.” Adaptations cut out entire chapters, leave significant scenes on the cutting room floor, and close the door on the innermost thoughts of characters. When I heard about the movie adaptation of The Martian, I groaned, because I didn’t think the book would film well (Thankfully, the movie turned out to be absolutely brilliant). One of the largest differences between books and their adaptations comes //

Hey JK Rowling, You Should Be Able to Do Whatever the Hell You Want

December 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

Dear JK Rowling, Because you care about your fandom and take time out of your very busy schedule to drop knowledge on us about the Potterverse, I want to send you this very important message: you do whatever the hell you want with your characters. If that means crushing fan theories on Twitter, you do that. If it means you have one, two, three, or even forty sequels only available to those lucky bastards in London (I’m looking at you, Cursed Child), you do that. And don’t you ever feel like //

JK Rowling, Please Stop Shutting Down Harry Potter Fan Theories

December 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Dear JK Rowling, You are one of my heroes. Harry Potter forever changed the world of a little girl obsessed with magic, and your books sparked my desire to write. That being said, we need to talk. I love that you are so involved with your fans, really, I do. Few writers find the time to indulge your fans as much as you do. You are kind and polite, yet you don’t take shit from anybody, and always manage to say what needs to be said. However, here are a few things that maybe didn’t need //

5 Short Stories by Big-Name Authors (That Are Also Fanfiction)

December 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

To an extent, fanfiction is still viewed as the realm of amateur writers. Even now that it’s more acceptable for mainstream authors and publishers alike, many well-known writers are still reluctant to talk about their stint with fanfic (if they talk about it at all). It’s a shame, because as fanfic authors and readers know too well, the world of fandom is brimming with talent. That’s why it’s heartening to know famous authors—both living and dead—who still try their //

Iron Man: Living with a Fusion Reactor in Your Chest

November 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Science in Popular Culture is a column by contributor Jae Bailey. In this column, Jae explores the science and technology of bionic limbs, arc reactors, and Death Stars in popular culture. “What is the point of owning a race car if you can’t drive it?” —Tony Stark, Iron Man 2 (2010) And what is the point of owning a kick-ass metal flying suit if it’s too heavy to ever leave the ground? Tony Stark, the man inside the armor, masters this engineering challenge by using //

A Superhuman Disaster, A.K.A. Jessica Jones: Exploring Gender in Superhero Media

October 27, 2015 // 2 Comments

Marvel fans, particularly fans of Netflix’s Daredevil, are getting excited about Netflix’s next contribution to the MCU: Jessica Jones, the first season of which will be released in its entirety on November 20. Something of a companion show to Daredevil (The comics see Matt Murdock sweeping in as Jessica’s lawyer when she’s in a pinch—maybe there will be something similar in the show?), Jessica Jones follows the adventures of its eponymous protagonist, a former superhero //

For the Love of Draco Malfoy

October 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

Draco Malfoy is the Slytherin fantasy of Harry Potter fans across the globe. His popularity became so notable that J.K. Rowling said she was “unnerved […] by the number of girls who fell for this particular fictional character.” Readers can’t help but swoon over his Death Eating, Voldemort-following angst. Sure, he might spend the majority of his time at Hogwarts threatening to tattletale to his father, but he’s still the bad boy we all wish would sweep us off our //

Exploring an Established Universe: A Highlight of China Miéville

October 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

There are worlds where superimposed city-states fight invisible wars and where outposts at the fringe of a barely-understood universe struggle to stay united despite impossible language barriers. There is a planet where scientists battle moths that eat dreams, where underground crime is conducted by ganglords with too many limbs, and where interdimensional spider-beings speak in unending free-verse—they call this place Bas-Lag. In fact, all of these places have names—they’ve already been //