by Posted on November 4, 2013 Updated: November 4, 2013
Dragons are the blood splatter of fantasy. By which I mean: dragons are a key, and visible, clue to the nature of the fantasy that's been committed.
by Alyssa Rosenberg Posted on October 29, 2013
Fantasy author Max Gladstone explains what economic development and magic have in common, and how to avoid Manic Pixie Dreamgirl-ism.
by Alyssa Rosenberg Posted on October 18, 2013 Updated: October 18, 2013
Stephen Jimenez's shoddy 'The Book Of Matt' doesn't come close to proving a new theory of Matthew Shepard's death. But it does set new standards in vanity.
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by Alyssa Rosenberg Posted on October 8, 2013
'Fangirl' is a charming coming of age novel, but its depiction of fan communities and the reasons they're a draw are ultimately somewhat thin.
by Alyssa Rosenberg Posted on October 7, 2013 Updated: October 4, 2013
'The Interestings' gets at the difficulty of determining your own worth, especially in friendships where the economics are complicated by wealth.
by Alyssa Rosenberg Posted on October 3, 2013 Updated: October 2, 2013
The hotly anticipated fantasy novel 'The Bone Season' is a real failure--but at least in ways that help us pick through some big ideas in literature.
by Alyssa Rosenberg Posted on October 2, 2013
The late Tom Clancy was the rare artist who told genuinely effective conservative stories. The clash of ideas in pop culture is poorer for his passing.
by Alyssa Rosenberg Posted on September 24, 2013 Updated: September 23, 2013
What Donna Tartt's 1992 novel can teach us about 'Breaking Bad' and fans' relationships with television.
by Alyssa Rosenberg Posted on September 16, 2013 Updated: September 16, 2013
Arthur Conan Doyle wants to keep Sherlock Holmes in copyright. Their argument for why a judge should side with them raises serious questions about the future of pop culture.
by Alyssa Rosenberg Posted on September 12, 2013
J.K. Rowling is writing a Harry Potter spinoff movie about Newt Scamander. Here are five more parts of the wizarding world she should explore.