Anne of Green Gables

Samantha Ellis’ ‘How to Be a Heroine': A Life in Great Fictional Women

There’s a thriving subgenre of what one may call cozy literary criticism, where a writer, usually a woman, traces the outline of her life through the books that she has read. It is sometimes very charming — Rebecca Mead’s My Life in Middlemarch comes to mind. At its worst, though, it can sort of disappear in the brain as all so much generic fluff, a perennial stopgap device from a variety of publishers. So it was a lovely surprise to find that Samantha Ellis’ How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned From Reading Too Much was a thoroughly enjoyable contribution to this canon. … Read More

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The 10 Best Weddings in Literature

I say this as someone who has written a book about going to weddings — Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guestout now from Riverhead — but that doesn’t mean I’m biased. It’s simply true: Weddings make for great scenes, unforgettable moments of high expectation, emotion, and drama — in fiction as well as in nonfiction. I’ve gathered a few of my favorites from books new and old (though not necessarily blue), along with my feelings on why these particular weddings make for great reading. … Read More

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20 Classic YA Literature Heroines, Ranked

This week marks the publication of The Book of Jezebel, a desk reference of every bit of feminist trivia you could want that would make a great gift for teenagers who are still learning about feminist reads on popular culture. But let’s face it: no one starts with an encyclopedia, in evaluating these things; you start with the books girls are given as young’uns, and those titles give you models of feminine behavior and independence to measure yourself against. So for a bit of fun in ye olde Jezebel spirit, here are the classic girl heroines of literature,… Read More

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The CW’s ‘Reign’ Is the Guilty-Pleasure Period Drama You’ve Been Waiting For

Tonight the CW premieres a new series called Reign. It’s effectively The Tudors, filtered through a CW sensibility — lots of pop music and a candy-colored palette — and transposed onto the slightly more recent story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Everyone in this show is surpassingly attractive. There’s a great deal of sex, and a girl in one of those tattered burlap masks, and also a really hot Nostradamus. And then there is its genius casting of Megan Follows, best known as Anne of Green Gables, as Catherine de Medici. Basically I just like the idea that Anne grew up to be queen, and also that I can now nerdily mention that Anne directed the Mary, Queen of Scots play at the boarding school where she taught in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel. Intertextuality is a great and wondrous thing. … Read More

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10 Best-Selling Books That Were Originally Rejected

Anyone who has ever wanted to work in a creative field, be it writing, painting or playing music has been told they’d better develop thick skin. After all, it doesn’t matter how good you are, someone will always be there to tear you down. It’s hard to think of a better example of this than to look at some rejected books that would later become some of the best-selling titles in the world. From the Twilight saga to Anne Frank’s Diary, the success of these books shows that even people paid to evaluate the commercial potential of a work of art sometimes underestimate the most valuable titles. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we decided that we need to immediately start planning a trip to Leavesden (which is reportedly just outside of London) for next year’s opening of the Harry Potter Studio Tour. We were impressed by the skills of this interactive robotic painting machine. We watched a supercut… Read More

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Our Favorite Redheaded Children’s Book Heroines

We’ve confessed our love for gingers before. But what we failed to mention is that the sentiment extends way beyond our current obsession with pop culture icons like Molly Ringwald and Conan O’Brien all the way back to childhood. Our favorite books to read back in elementary school always featured redheaded heroines. Why? Because they were just more interesting. Here’s proof. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill when we were supposed to be busy working… we were shocked that anyone would deny Anne of Green Gables her rightful spot in the Modern Library; we wondered what Bjork will sound like now that she’s a venture capitalist; we couldn’t believe that even King Tut is … Read More

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