The Best of the Bestiary: literature’s most popular mythical creatures

Who sees more action, mermaids or vampires? And why do people all over the world believe in dragons? Find out!

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7 “Romantic” Book Characters Who Are Actually Just Creepy

We all do crazy things for love. And we write about our characters doing even crazier things for love. Where should we draw the line? Where does a character cross from deliciously flawed to just plain dysfunctional? And when we indulge in over-the-top romance, are we improving ourselves by strengthening our ability to empathize or sabotaging ourselves by … Continue reading 7 “Romantic” Book Characters Who Are Actually Just Creepy

Criss Cross: Do Books Really Need Plots?

Criss Cross, a Newberry Medal winner from Lynn Rae Perkins, begins with the sentence, "She wished something would happen." This sentence is followed up with a meandering story, told from the perspective of six different adolescents across the span of one summer. Nothing dramatic happens to any of them. None of them end up dating each other. … Continue reading Criss Cross: Do Books Really Need Plots?