Trixie Belden

I was ten years old when I first discovered Trixie Belden. I’d read a few Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, but when I met Trixie, I fell head over heels in love with her, her sometimes-annoying little brother, and her best friend, Honey. She seemed so real and the adventures she, her friends, and... Continue Reading →

Manipulative Evil: Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca

I don’t remember the first time I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, but I feel in love with it as a teenager. I read the novel, then saw every other available adaptation. Mrs. Danvers, the serene housekeeper that slowly undermines the psyche of the nameless heroine, stands out in my memory as one of literature’s great... Continue Reading →

Lady Susan

Like heroes, villains come in all shapes and sizes. However, not all villains desire world domination or commit evil against humanity. Some villains wreak havoc on ordinary lives. Some villains are the protagonist of the story. Jane Austen is best known for her moral novels of social satire/comedy of manners. When you pick up an... Continue Reading →

The Princess and the Fangirl

Everyone loves a good retelling. It’s fun to watch a modern author put a fresh spin on a beloved classic. But what about retellings of classics you never liked in the first place? Well… in the right hands, that old story might just become a new favorite. That’s what happened when I read The Princess and the Fangirl,... Continue Reading →

A Moral Dilemma in Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is one of my favorite novels because it’s written for middle schoolers/young adults, but it treats them like adults, just like the characters in the book, because it deals with such a tough topic: moral dilemma. Ender gets forced into situations where he battles enemies, friends, and—in what I feel is the most... Continue Reading →

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