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Rowling’s Latest Revelation: Regret over the Ron/Hermione Ship and what it means in the Potter Series

Early this month J.K. Rowling made headlines with just the simple admittance that she wished she had done something different with her Harry Potter series, the seven gospels of adolescence in a magical world. She announced she regretted writing the ...

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“Faunus are People, Too!”: Civil Rights in RWBY

Some little while back, a friend posted a macro on my Facebook feed about a series called RWBY. I did not understand the reference, so I googled it. I came across the now justifiably famous CG web-anime by Rooster-Teeth Productions, ...

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Welcome to Night Vale: A World of Extras

Probably one of the biggest critiques of Man of Steel this summer is one, chilling question: what happens to the humans in Metropolis when Zod attacks? It’s implied there are folks trapped beneath buildings as Superman fights his arch-nemesis, ...

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In Defense of Pandering: on Batman Sidekick Harper Row, Gender, and Fan Backlash

As someone who lives far too much on the internet, one thing to which I am attuned is the currents of fanboy opinion. And nothing sparks barrages of opinionated fanboys quite like Batman, and more specifically, Batman’s supporting cast and ...

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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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Comedy In Unconditional Love: An Interview With A Guy, A Girl, And Their Monster

This week, I took a break from my usual articles to sit down with the cast of A Guy, A Girl, And Their Monster, a new up and coming web series that integrates episodes, short bytes, and webcomics all with ...

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“The Outs” And Why “The New Normal” Isn’t The Same

The Outs is an indie six-episode web series that is finally starting to get some attention — and just in time, too, considering the final episode is set to release next Monday. Set in modern-day Brooklyn, New York, the series ...

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The Art of Advertising

In my previous article, I examined the use of narrative technique in advertising that normally sees more use in film and television. I’d like to take that a bit further, and look at how, as a culture, we view advertising, ...

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Regency Snob on the Infinite, Internet Stage

I rate Pride and Prejudice as one of my favorite high school novels. One of the drawbacks about it, though, is actually reading it in high school. As a teenager, when it was assigned for class, I understood what “unreliable ...

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Realism and Horror in Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising

In the first pages of the first issue (or chapter, to look at it another way) of Terry Moore’s new comics series Rachel Rising, a dead young woman claws her way out of the ditch in which she has been ...