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It’s Time to Let the Kids Play With Your Toys: The Lego Movie as an Endorsement of Fanworks

Editor’s Note: This piece took first place for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! Like many people, I imagine, I spent most of The Lego Movie thinking I had it ...

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Jem the Dog and Scout the Human: An Analysis of Similarities Regarding Growing Up, Change, and Childhood in Maycomb and Ooo

Editor’s Note: This piece took second place for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! You remember being a kid, right? When the answer to “You want some magic powers? Magic ...

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Tamer vs. Trainer: How the Digimon anime evolved while Pokémon was stuck at level one.

Editor’s Note: This piece took third place for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! Recently, Pokémon was recently added to Netflix. This was met with much fanfare and many reposts. ...

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Cloud Strife: Substitute Hero

Editor’s Note: This piece was an honorable mention for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! “Would you say I became a hero?” So ends Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, a prequel ...

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Analysis of an Archetype: Questioning the Perfection of Nancy Drew

Editor’s Note: This piece was an honorable mention for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! Brought to life in numerous book series, films, and television shows, Nancy Drew has left ...

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Reading The Soundtrack: The Star Wars Soundtrack As Primer

Editor's note: this piece took first place in this year's Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest! What does it mean to “read” a soundtrack? What information about a movie or ...

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Very Pinteresting: Does Pinterest Perpetuate Female Stereotypes?

Editor's Note: This piece took second place in the Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! Coming from a background in theatre and communications, I interpret "entertainment" in more social terms. While ...

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Hey Adulthood! How Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold! Trusted Us With The Real World

Editor's Note: This piece took third place in the Larry L. Stewart Writing Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! There’s something delightful about cartoons that sweep us away from the real world. I spent ...

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Life Imitating Art Imitating Life: The Thick Of It and modern British politics

Editor's Note: This piece was an honorable mention for The Larry L. Stewart Prize For Critical Essay On Entertainment. Thanks to everyone who entered this year! Ever since the days of Ancient Greece, if not earlier, satire has been a useful ...

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Gender Roles And The Mass Effect Universe

Mass Effect is like a Christopher Nolan movie, simple enough to enjoy without creating brain wrinkles and, at the same time, complex enough to spark profound thought. I dedicated hours of gameplay and late-night musings to understanding the intricacies of ...