The Hunger Games

Full List of 2014 MTV Movie Awards Winners

The 2014 MTV Movie Awards went as expected — The Hunger Games won big, Zac Efron took off his shirt, and… Read More

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Don’t Blame Science Fiction for Hollywood’s Race Problem

Does sci-fi have a race problem? If you’re The Atlantic, the answer is yes — yesterday, the magazine’s website ran this piece, wherein writer Noah Berlatsky argues that there are essentially four ways in which sci-fi handles race: metaphor, tokenism, diversity, and explicit narrative. It’s ambitious to try to construct a definitive thesis about an entire genre’s handling of race, especially a genre as diverse as sci-fi, and judging by the article’s mammoth comment section, which is basically like 500-plus comments by Roman DeBeers, Berlatsky has touched a nerve. I don’t want to tear him down here, but I do want to note one fundamental flaw in his thesis: it works from the assumption that all sci-fi starts from an essentially white male point of view and then either does or doesn’t address race. The problem with this approach is that it perpetuates the marginalization of sci-fi that doesn’t come from that point of view. … Read More

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“Bossy” Is for Girls, “Hero” Is for Boys: Why Gendered Language Matters

“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.” Maybe it’s because those words came out of Beyoncé’s mouth (and Jane Lynch’s, and Diane von Furstenberg’s), but Lean In’s minute-long “Ban Bossy” video grabbed my interest, whereas the organization’s previous efforts just raised my eyebrows. The campaign, co-sponsored with the Girl Scouts, is far from perfect, and it’s already attracted its fair share of flak. But it calls attention to an issue that’s gotten far less air time in high-profile feminist rhetoric than the gender breakdown of the Fortune 500: the way words can subtly shape our conceptions of what is and isn’t appropriate for girls. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read

It’s a truism that kids’ books aren’t just for kids. Franchises like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games wouldn’t be nearly as successful if adults weren’t packing into theaters along with teens and tweens, and besides, the stigma against teen lit is so passé. YA is a rich, fascinating, and constantly evolving subset of literature, and it speaks volumes about the values literature passes on to subsequent generations. That said, here are 25 of the best books and series whose appeal endures even for those whose ages don’t end in “-teen”; some are eternal classics, some personal favorites. All are… Read More

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Stereotyping You by Your Favorite Movie of 2013

There are just a little over two weeks left of the year, which means it’s almost too late to run any year-end list of the best cinematic offerings of 2013 (which seems silly, really, since most of us still haven’t seen a handful of Oscar-baiting movies due out at Christmas). But it is the perfect time for a gratuitous exercise in stereotypes, which is why you’ll find an incredibly insightful and — most importantly — correct list of what your favorite movie of the year says about you. Will you think I nailed it? Because I think I nailed it.  … Read More

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The 30 Best Movie Posters of 2013

We don’t cover the movie poster beat too much around here, and for good reason: most movie posters are terrible. They seem to all traffic in the same clichés, unimaginatively slapping the biggest possible picture of their expensive stars’ heads above a title and a release date. But some films go the extra mile, taking imaginative leaps with their key art (or, often, with the alternate versions they release on the Internet for extra buzz). So let us take a moment to salute some of the more eye-catching, ingenious, and beautiful movie posters of… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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