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The Empress' New Clothes: Brave New Heroines in Young Adult Fiction

Reading heroine-driven young adult (YA) fiction, one can't help but wonder why stagnant views of women’s sexuality and societal roles prevail.

Katja Huru
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Lesser Shades of Jane

Kristina Deffenbacher
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Zealot Zombies vs. Apolitical Vampires: Bruce LaBruce's Political Enlivenment of the Undead

Bruce LaBruce's pornographic zombie films are politically and artistically engaged in ways in which too few contemporary horror narratives are.

Justin Linds
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'Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête)': At Odds with Itself

Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast remains a bizarre, eerie and unusual film, filled with dark characters, troubling themes and some truly awe-inspiring visuals.

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'Let Me In' Is a Refreshingly Bloody Coming of Age Love Story/Revenge Fantasy

Let Me In, the inevitable American remake of the 2008 Swedish vampire arthouse hit Let the Right One In, more than holds its own against the nearly perfect original.

Film

Ten Famous 'Harry Potter' Wannabes

Ten Potter pretenders that were definitely more hogwash than Hogwarts.

Music

From Old World Underground to Hollywood (and Back): Metric's New Wave Adventure

Emily Haines' journey with her band Metric has taken her everywhere from on stage with Lou Reed in Sydney, Australia to writing songs for teenage vampires in Hollywood. But all roads continue to lead back to her Toronto home.

Jer Fairall
Film

A Twi-Haters Guide to Twilight: Part 5 - Twilight Explained... Sort of

Today we call them fairytales, exaggerated examples of basic wish fulfillment that play on a reader's (or listeners, or watchers) predetermined level of self-worth and need and then specifically addresses said requirements in an easily understandable way

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A Twi-Haters Guide to Twilight: Part 2 - Rifftrax: A Twi-Haters Sanctuary

Rifftrax turns the entire Twilight experience into a mixed meta media exploration, commenting both on the films themselves and the obvious outside reaction to same.

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Girl-Gothic: Five Minutes with Meg Cabot

Vampire stories may have been around for centuries, but it’s undeniable that they’ve never been quite this popular.

Television

Rewinding 'Parenthood': "Lost and Found"

No cliffhangers or big surprises in the season finale

Music

Forever Meddling: An Interview with Blake Judd of Nachtmystium

The leader of Nachtmystium and Twilight finds himself at a creative peak with the release of two major new albums that give the finger to genre purists.

Film

Afraid of a Ghost: Inside the 'All Apologies' Meme

Why did the Robert-Pattinson-as-Kurt-Cobain myth take in more people than any April Fool? Because it seemed too uncomfortably true to be bullshit.

Tom Goulter
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20 Questions: Steve Schiltz of the Hurricane Bells

Longwave frontman Steve Schiltz took time off from his main band to form Hurricane Bells and wound up on the New Moon soundtrack.

Games

Ashley Greene on Her SI Swimsuit Spread and Life After Undeath [Video]

New Moon actress Ashley Greene sits down with PopMatters' Ian Chant for a discussion of soulsuckers, swimsuits, and Sundance ...

Film

New Moon: Wherefor Art Thou Edward?

Bella and Edward's longing for each other is what makes the series so appealing. It fully encapsulates the bliss and agony of first love or any love that would make you lie down and die for the other person.

Film

Twilight's Gender Divide

Is Twilight backlash a result of its predominantly female fan base?

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Twilight

While Meyers’ books tend toward formulaic characterizations, Hardwicke takes the material and successfully transforms it into a subtle, layered atmospheric film.

Film

Twilight Takeover

The film is a successful adaptation of the book not only because Pattinson is so talented and dreamy, but also because Hardwicke knows a thing or two about filming adolescents.

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Twilight

Fantasy rules in Twilight, fantasy simultaneously delicate and ravishing, chaste and utterly bloody.

Film

Vamp-Ire: 'Twilight' vs 'Let the Right One In'

At the core of Twilight is an interesting idea -- the concept that kids, one isolated and alienated, the other immortal and prone to acts of fatalistic heroics, can come together to find soulmate sanctuary in the cutthroat Hell known as high school.

Film

Talk, Talk, Talk: November 2008

Like the sainted sigh of relief that comes after another shriek-filled All Hallow's Eve, November usually means the start of the 'nominate me' process for the proposed prestige pictures of 2008.

Music

Baskervilles: Twilight

Sugar-coated power pop from a great highbrow pop band.


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