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10 Toxic Relationships in Teen TV and YA Books

Shailene Woodley is making the press rounds for the imminent release of her potential blockbuster, Divergent, and in an interview with Teen Vogue, the 22-year-old ripped into Twilight. “Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship,” Woodley complains. “She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve.” That’s true, Woodley, but here’s the thing: unhealthy relationships are the lifeblood of YA books and teen dramas. Attempted rape, stalking, and emotional abuse is painted as dreamy if it’s just coming from a dreamboat who needs redemption and rilly likes you, too. To pay tribute, we’re counting down the unhealthiest romances in teen lit and… Read More

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Come On, People: Start Watching ‘Dracula’

NBC’s Dracula is hanging in there, although perhaps not for long. To be fair, it has a terrible time slot assignment, because no one is sitting at home on Friday nights, all ready to tune in. In the age of the DVR we may all no longer be beholden to an airing schedule, but you still give a hint of, well, self-doubt to a show when you shove it in at that time. I admit that’s the reason why I, myself, did not watch Dracula at first. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’s’ Split Season 7: You’re Killing Me, AMC

Here in the “responsive commentary” racket, the only thing that rivals writing something too late is writing something too early. Last week, this site looked at the dire-sounding Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, surveyed the less-than-promising post-BrBa/Mad Men AMC line-up, and asked the question, “Is the golden age of AMC over?” For asking said question, I was branded with both the “e-word” (elitist) and the “h-world” (hipster). Such accusations prompted, as usual, a worried removal of my artisan organic wire-rimmed glasses, a long pull off my home-brewed stout, and a few heartfelt spins of Animal Collective on vinyl. And then AMC announced that their solutions to filling the original programming holes in their schedule are a) a Walking Dead spin-off and b) splitting the final season of Mad Men into two seven-episode halves. Can I say “told you so” yet? … Read More

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Stephanie Meyers Kills Her Gods, Well, Vampires Actually: Links You Need to See

It’s hardly news that HBO loves to revel in female nudity, but it is newsworthy that there’s finally a great spoof of the situation. If you’ve still been quietly enjoying your Twilight trilogy, it’s time to go deeper into hiding because it seems that even Stephanie Meyers hates the series. Thirty years ago the… Read More

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7 Bitter Fandom Rivalries From Across Pop Culture

It’s no secret that science fiction fans can get a little overexcited about their franchise of choice, but things got heated last Thursday when the local Star Wars club of Norwich, England and a delegation from the Norwich Sci Fi Club, a group of Doctor Who devotees, got into a physical altercation at the Norwich Sci-Fi and Film Convention, hosted by the Star Wars club at the University of East Anglia. Apparently, the two groups had a longstanding feud that came to blows when the Sci Fi Club decided to show up on the Star Wars group’s turf to get a signature from Gram Cole, an actor from the time-travel series that currently stars Matt Smith. Though fandom disputes don’t usually escalate to blows, this is hardly the first time otherwise peacefully geeky communities have run afoul of each other. Here are some of the most prominent fandom rivalries throughout history, from superheroes to science fiction. … Read More

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Publishers’ Craziest Schemes to Avoid Book Spoilers

The news that the translators of Dan Brown’s new book Inferno were basically isolated from the world for two months to avoid any chance of them leaking its plot was enough to elicit a collective bewildered shaking of the head at Flavorwire central. Still, it’s not even the batshit craziest thing that publishers have done over the years to avoid details of their precious books leaking before publication — as an industry, publishing has embraced the embargo-based insistence on secrecy so beloved of Hollywood, especially when it comes to books likely to sell in the bazillions (i.e., anything by JK Rowling). Here are some of the craziest schemes concocted to avoid leaks. … Read More

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Syllabi for 10 Real College Pop-Culture Classes We’d Love to Take

We’ve all heard of Physics for Poets and Rocks for Jocks, but a few college classes skip the pretense of hard science altogether and get straight to the fun stuff. While these courses may not get you into medical school, they’ll leave you well-prepared for any cocktail party conversation, as long as you go to the kind of cocktail party where guests talk about Harry Potter and Joss Whedon. We’ve compiled the most compelling classes on TV, music, and even video games that colleges have to offer, including a selection of readings so you can hit the books without doing the whole midterm-and-paper… Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we learned about a small French village that is supposedly the only town safe from the Mayan Apocalypse. We revisited our 10 favorite Joe Biden moments. We found out how to do Thanksgiving on a fifty-dollar budget. We talked to a real-life vampire about the Twilight series.… Read More

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Adorable Photos of People Dressed Up as Books

Here at Flavorpill, we like to get into the holiday spirit. For this Halloween, we’ve peeked at everything from kids’ costumes that they’re way too young to understand to famous works of art as Halloween costumes to whole buildings trying on new identities. But what if you’re a book nerd, and you’ve exhausted all of your favorite characters already? Or maybe your favorite character doesn’t have any conveniently distinguishing physical features? Well then, why not go as your favorite book, instead? For a little inspiration, click through to check out ten charming book costumes, and let us know which cardboard tome you’d most like to strap onto your torso in the comments. … Read More

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