90s Teen Movies and the Classics

For today’s post, I have decided to take a look at a few 1990s teen films that were based on classic works of literature!    This was a unique time in the history of teen movies since some of the most fun ones took direct inspiration from the classics.   In particular, I will be…

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The All Souls Trilogy

For today’s post, I have decided to take a brief look at one of my favorite book series.    The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness is the book series that inspired the beautifully done television show A Discovery of Witches (which is named for the first book in the series).   I have mentioned…

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The Beauty of Re-Reading

For today’s post, I have decided to take a look at re-reading.   I have been an avid reader for my entire life, and I have been re-reading favorite books for basically just as long!   Now, I know some people have trouble with the concept of re-reading.    I have often been asked, usually…

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Emily Bronte’s Impact: Kate Bush, the Music Videos, and The Unthanks

For today’s post, I would like to take a look at the lasting impact of the works of Emily Bronte.    Wuthering Heights is my favorite novel of the nineteenth-century, and that says a lot given I do love nineteenth-century literature!    While this was the only novel that Emily Bronte ever wrote, it is…

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Gillian Owens, Practical Magic Vixen

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday, I have chosen to feature my favorite character from Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic!   This book was the first in a series of four novels, the second two being prequels and the fourth a direct sequel to the original.   Gillian Owens appeared in the first and last of…

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Colette, Rebel Author

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday, I have chosen to discuss the French author Colette!   She is a favorite of mine, and I adore reading her novels in the original French.   Colette was a writer who began to gain notoriety in France after she got recognized for her work, which had previously been…

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Wuthering Heights, A Happy Ending?

For today’s post, I have decided to take a look at the ending of my favorite novel of the nineteenth century, and one of my favorite books of all time.   Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is one of the great novels of the English language and has long been accepted as a masterpiece of…

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In Defense of Becky Sharp

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday I have decided to choose a character from classic literature.   Becky Sharp is the protagonist of the novel Vanity Fair, and she is often also seen as the villain of that self-same novel.   She is someone who is easy to hate.   However, she is also someone…

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Tempest Poem

For today’s post I have decided to share a poem I wrote a long while ago inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest!   I hope you will enjoy it. Tempest by Maranda Wabik Daughter of Prospero; destined magician. A witch of unknown power—but  One of admiration and the cause of wonderment. Caught in a storm, A…

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Crows and Ravens as Symbols of Deities, and in Popular Culture

Crows and ravens are birds that evoke much in the way of emotions and passions in people.    This is likely because of the fact that crows and ravens are both associated with deities in multiple cultures.   This would lead to their inclusion in Aesop’s Fables, and later in literature.    In Arthurian legends,…

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